How To: Style a Pair of Overalls

February 23, 2015


I guess it’s no secret that I love a good, quirky piece of clothing to add diversity to my wardrobe. I think we can all agree that there’s not much quirkier (or more difficult to style) than a pair of overalls. It can be easy to look too childish (Oshkosh B’gosh, anyone?), or too frumpy in them (making pottery in a garage, barefoot). I’ve had these overalls in my closet for about 6 months and have worn them a surprising amount of times, remixing my outfit every time I wear them. I decided to dust them off this past weekend for a quick photo sesh at Marina Park in Emeryville with Bay Area photog (and all-around awesome person), Leah Bentley. This time around, I styled them with bright pink lips, a patterned silk blouse, and chunky oxfords. I think it might be my favorite look yet! Keep reading for my tips on how to style a pair of overalls!

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  1. Choose a sophisticated top, like a white linen tee, a silk button-up oxford, or chunky wool sweater. Avoid childish prints or anything too boho.
  2. With overalls, fit is everything. Stores like Zara and H&M sell overalls in slim, dark denim that ups the sophistication factor. Make sure to wear your correct size (do not size up) for a current fit. I was going for a looser fit, so I chose these slightly slouchy ones from Urban Outfitters.
  3. Overalls can cause the illusion of stumpy legs, so choose footwear with a slight heel or tapered toe to elongate your legs.
  4. Be adventurous! As with anything you wear, there are no real rules. Have fun and try out styles you might not ordinarily select – you might even discover your own signature look! :)

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DSC_5900Glasses: Warby Parker | Lipstick: NARS | Blouse: Anthropologie | Overalls: Urban Outfitters | Shoes: Kork-Ease | Bag: Cuyana

Photos by SF Bay Area photographer, Leah Bentley (p.s. she’s amazing).