What started out as practical workwear for agricultural and industrial careers has been revived this summer, but as a new fashion statement. Yes, I’m talking about overalls. I know some people cringe at the thought of buying a pair, but it deserves some attention.
Celebrities have been spotted all over Los Angeles and New York stepping out in their favorite denim one-pieces, and designers have taken a stab at reinventing them for the runway. Simple tanks seem to be the favored companions in the United States, so we took to the streets of Seoul to find out how trendsetters are working this interesting comeback in Korea. While the overalls remain a common factor, individual personalities and styles shine through. Who knew something quite simple could be worn in so many ways?
Check out some favorites below to find inspiration for working a pair into your own wardrobe.
Go for urban cool with a skinny leg or vintage chic with wide legged denim:
Mix denim cut-offs and floral prints for summer:
Pair head accessories like hats and scarves with overalls (and don’t forget to roll them up for the ultimate in casual chic):
For a bit of edge, rock a colorful pair with a black fedora and a blingy fanny pack casually slung like a crossbody.
Excited to try out this current street trend? We found some options from light to dark, patterned to classic, and priced right for some summer retail therapy.
An extremely light wash plays down the boldness of the cobra print on this shorts option. RES Denim’s Corn Kids Overalls features adjustable straps, button closures and patch pockets. Available at: www.revolveclothing.com for $106.
Paige Denim’s Sierra Overall in Vintage Black offers a sleek and slimming tailored cut that provides comfort, while keeping to their expected feminine silhouettes that the brand is famous for. Available at: www.paigeusa.com for $279.
Want a true throwback? Check out Current/Elliott’s The Ranch Hand Overall in Bedford. With a dark wash and ability to roll the hems, this classic version is perfect for mixing with printed tops and summer’s ubiquitous Birkenstocks. Available at: www.currentelliott.com for $348.
Story by Min A. Lee.