While overalls are currently an off-duty staple, overall shorts might not have been a sartorial go-to of yours since you were 12 years old. So, we get that it might be hard to imagine wearing them out on the town, or especially at the office, but trust us — it can totally work. All these summer dungarees need are on-trend accessories and sleek, polished separates to take them from schoolyard casual to incredibly chic. Here are three new ways to nail your style resolution and rock those shortalls all summer long, no matter what your agenda brings.
Overall shorts might seem like a major office no-no, and we’ll admit that you might not want to don them if you have an important presentation or meeting on your schedule. But for casual Fridays, they’re fair game. Pair them up with nine-to-five classics like a button-down shirt, blazer and bluchers for a little #girlboss flair, then get funky with bold, bright accessories and an eye-catching pink lip.
Topshop Moto Slim-Fit Short Dungarees ($70) + J.Crew Short-Sleeve Popover Shirt ($78), Zara Stripe Textured Blazer ($60), Need Supply Co. Nairobi ($37), SmokeXMirrors Passenger Optic ($295), Loeffler Randall Tote ($395), Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief ($12), Zara Fringed Leather Bluchers ($50), Bobbi Brown Hot Collection Art Stick ($26)
Who said denim can’t be fancy? Give those shortalls a touch of the glam treatment with a metallic gold top and shimmery statement earrings. Dramatic purple eyeliner offers a unique pop of color to your night-out ensemble, while fringe-flecked heels pack just the right amount of sass.
Topshop Moto Slim-Fit Short Dungarees ($70) + Charlotte Russe Caged T-Strap Fringe Heels ($36), COS Metallic Knit Top ($58), J.Crew Comet Earrings ($65), Rafe Coral Sands Wristlet ($88), Lancome Artliner Eyeliner in Aubergine ($31), Lorac Alter Ego Lipstick in Vixen ($16)
Breathing new life into these understated dungarees is incredibly easy. All you need are a few upgraded versions of all your weekend faves: t-shirts, sandals, shades and of course, a killer bag. Trade out your go-to topper for a textured tee with flirty ruffle detailing and kick those flip flops and Birks to the curb for a pair of fabulous flatforms. Add on an embellished turban and a modern take on retro shades for the ultimate off-duty getup.
Topshop Moto Slim-Fit Short Dungarees ($70) + New Look Wide-Fit Pinboard Flatform Sandals ($42), Quay Australia Tainted Love Sunglasses ($50), Madewell Whit Hannah Blouse ($298), Olivia Palermo x Ciaté London Nail Collection ($24), Anthropologie Sylvan Turban ($38), & Other Stories D-Ring Crossbody Bag ($60)
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!