Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Denim Overalls: To Wear or Not to Wear?

Denim has certainly come a long way from its days as a workwear staple for labourers and mechanics, with variations of the once casual everyday pant making its way into our wardobes. Last fall in particular, we saw black and white patterns, abstract prints and shredded jeans making waves in the denim world and now this summer season it is all about the denim overall! That's right, overalls! No longer are the jeans suspender hybrid reserved for kids under the age of 10 but overalls are now fashionable for ladies of all ages. Case in point, the always adorable Sarah Jessica Parker and style aficiando Olivia Palermo have been spotted wearing overalls. Overalls have also made a splash in the fashion blogoshpere being worn by stylishly succesful bloggers such as Danielle Bernstein from WeWoreWhat and Chiara Ferragni from The Blonde Salad. Despite the warm welcome that overalls have received in the fashion world, I am still on the fence about whether or not I should give the trend a try.

This summer I have decided to take a hands-on role in my garden, so I thought I would invest in a pair of some denim overalls but after looking at the way the likes of Hilary Duff and Annabel Fleur of the fashion blog, VivaLuxury are wearing the farmer style staple, I started to look at overalls in a whole new way. Below are five different stylish ways to wear denim overalls that in no way resemble what someone would wear while schlepping around in the dirt but I am still the verdict is still out on my decision to upgrade denim overalls to everyday style status. I suppose I will have to try them out first hand. In the meantime, I will have to ooh and ahh at the way these fashionable gals have styled their denim overalls. Scroll down below to check out the looks for yourself!

The Denim Short Overall Look
Source: Forever21.com
One way to try out the denim overall trend is to get shorty and the wear the shorts version! Denim short overalls are an easy way to ease yourself into the trend and perfect for a hot summer day. If you plan on giving shortveralls a whirl, one way to wear them is with a printed t-shirt such as the one above, to help play up the fun factor and casualness of shortveralls. For your accessories, aviators or cat-eye sunglasses are chic options to shield your eyes and an everyday handbag such as this one is just right to wear with shortveralls.

The Casual Chic Overall Look
Source: fashionsy.com
Who knew that denim overalls could look so chic? With a skinny leg, glamorous accessories and sassy heels, I suppose that anything can look chic. Style star and top blogger, Annabel Fleur shows us how to transform overalls into a fashion-forward look. How do you achieve that? Number one, look for a pair of skinny overalls. Overalls can sometimes look bulky due to all of the fabric, so streamlining the look with a skinny cut is your best bet. Number two, keeping up with the classic style of overalls wear them with a striped long-sleeved shirt. Number three, choose accessories that make a statement like this colour blocked clutch , statement necklace and metallic pumps.

The Carefree Denim Overall Look
Source: InStyle.com
Sometimes you just have to give in and embrace what life gives you! If the more traditional overall style is what you prefer, prevent baggy overalls from looking frumpy and dumpy by wearing them with a perfect summer loose-fitting blouse, which adds a nice contrast to the structured denim fabric. When adding accessories to the look, simple, slightly masculine jewelry is the way to go as it keeps the look within the classic, rough and tumble zone but it adds a dash of style.

The Fitted Denim Overall Look

Source: InStyle.com
As we all can now see, overalls have a plethora of styles that can be worn and adorned so it should be of no surprise that the latest style that I am writing about is fitted overalls. More feminine and sexy than their baggy sister, fitted overalls look best with a sleek and fitted tank top a la Hilary Duff. Low-heeled booties and rounded tortoise shell sunglasses keep this outfit cool and modern with the chain link shoulder bag boosting the attractiveness of the overall look, no pun intended.

The Flirty Denim Overall Look
Source: whowhatwear.com
When heading out to meet prospective dates, I bet overalls weren't your first wardrobe choice but when showing just the right amount of skin in a subtle way overalls quickly rise to the top! Distressed overalls spell carefree and with the addition of a cropped top and chic sunglasses, the whole look is flirty! Oxford shoes are a preppy style staple that give this flirty denim overall look a girl next door feel.

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