Overalls are one of those tricky pieces that only seem to work when you’re kickin’ it on the weekend or if you have a serious knack for styling. It’s not immediately apparent how to infuse this throwback essential with grown-up sophistication, but it’s honestly easier than you think. Since we’re constantly looking to get the most out of every item in our wardrobes, we’re putting overalls to the test this week and doling out three fresh looks that will change the way you approach this on-trend onesie. Ready, set, instant on-point style!
How to Wear Denim Overalls at Work
Nope, not a joke. We’re totally for real about this denim at the office thing, and this time we’re servin’ it up overall style (daring or lazy, you decide!). Since the hero piece of the outfit is relatively low key, the rest of the look needs to be on top of its game, which is why we’re pairing it up with a dressy (literally) blazer and polished ruffled shirt. A little sparkle and shimmer in the form of agate baubles, a structured cuff and a handy carryall introduce an element of glamour to the getup, while chunky platform oxfords add a masculine-meets-feminine edge.
Mango Denim Cropped Dungarees ($100) + Reiss Tori Sleeveless Silk Blouse ($230), Sylca Designs Grey and Gold Handmade Bracelet ($32), COS Gathered Waist Blazer ($225), Poverty Flats by Rian Perforated Tote ($57), Shellys London Treaded Platform Oxford ($60), Dara Ettinger Adelaide Gold-Plated Druzy and Geode Earrings ($210)
How to Wear Denim Overalls for a Night Out
Overalls as a night out essential? We say “yes.” Balance out their tomboy vibes with bright, sassy pumps and a flirty bell sleeve top (we think an off-the-shoulder number would work nicely too). A structured top-handle clutch brings in a bit of classic, ladylike flare, while sleek silver accessories amp up the fashion-forward factor. To mix things up, go for a one-shoulder look by tucking one of the straps in the back.
Mango Denim Cropped Dungarees ($100) + Front Row Shop White Flare Sleeve With Slit Top ($50), Glamorous Croc Clutch With Top Handle and Lock Detail ($50), Lizzie Fortunato Silver Sahara Earrings ($205), WWake Blade Ring ($85), Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Mica ($33), Brian Atwood Mercury Elaphe Pumps ($248)
How to Wear Denim Overalls on the Weekend
Whip out that onesie to look on-trend and comfy — the makings of the ultimate off-duty outfit. Cozy knits are the perfect autumnal alternative to your go-to tee, while suede kicks make a mean substitute for standard sneakers. Swap out that classic shoulder bag for a belt bag with exotic undertones and finish the look with a shearling topper and eye-catching jeweled ear cuff. Then prepare to take on everything from coffee to thrifting.
Mango Denim Cropped Dungarees ($100) + H&M Knit Sweater ($35), Clare V Petite Leopard-Print Belt Bag ($225), Ca & Lou Elsa Mono Ear Cuff ($119), Puma Suede Classic Sneakers ($65), Zara Short Jacket ($70), Komono Print Series Floral Sunglasses ($50)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!