6 Overall Outfits: Ways to Style for Day & Night This Summer

July 10, 2018 by Tiffany Tse

Over the years, overalls have developed a bad rep as the uniform of farmers, boy band members, and ‘90s middle schoolers (remember the OshKosh B’Gosh pair you wore as a kid?). But updated with flattering silhouettes and cool denim washes, this season’s modernized dungarees are far more sophisticated than sloppy. Nowadays, a pair of overalls is like your favorite pair of jeans: comfortable, adaptable, and truly timeless. Read on to see how we styled six different overall outfits for both day and night.

Overall Outfit #1: Try a Pair of Black Overalls for a Versatile Look

OVERALLS: FREE PEOPLE, SHIRT: MARNI, SUNGLASSES: GUCCI

OVERALLS: FREE PEOPLE, SHIRT: RACHEL ZOE, PURSE: LOEFFLER RANDALL

Running weekend errands or walking the dog? Add a quirky vibe to utilitarian black overalls with a playful pajama shirt and colorful sunglasses. But to transition denim dungarees for a night out, soften the look with a romantic, Victorian-inspired lace top and cheetah-print clutch. A pair of overalls styled with a feminine piece provides the perfect boy-meets-girl contrast for a chic evening ensemble.

Overall Outfit #2: Style Casual Denim Overalls With Stripes & Gold Jewelry

OVERALLS: CAARA, TOP: SPLENDID, EARRINGS: A PEACE TREATY

OVERALLS: CAARA, TOP: NICHOLAS, NECKLACE: GORJANA

When in doubt, always pair classic blue jean overalls with striped shirts and gold jewelry—two equally timeless pieces. Daytime calls for a lightweight button down and bohemian earrings, but evenings demand decidedly dressier items, like a ruffled, off-the-shoulder top and dainty choker. Make sure any accompanying pieces are tailored and fitted; anything bulky or oversize can make already-casual overalls appear disheveled.

Overall Outfit #3: If You Have Feminine Style, Look for Girly Details in Overalls for Women

OVERALLS: REBECCA MINKOFF, SWEATSHIRT: RAILS, BACKPACK: SEE BY CHLOE

OVERALLS: REBECCA MINKOFF, SHIRT: FREE PEOPLE, BRACELET: TORY BURCH

Even fashionistas with ultra-girly sensibilities can wear this trend. For an ultra feminine look, opt for detail like eyelet trim, cuffed hems, and pastel hues. Pair it with a layered sweatshirt for a casual outing, or enhance the ladylike style with a bow-tie blouse for a more formal approach. In both cases, you’ll need a statement-making accent—like a vibrant backpack or bold bangle—to brighten up the look.

Overall Outfit #4: When It Comes to the Office, Think Outside of Jean Overalls

OVERALLS: EVIDNT, TOP: SPLENDID, PURSE: CLARE V.

OVERALLS: EVIDNT, TOP: KAUFMANFRANCO, JACKET: BB DAKOTA

Most of us can’t get away with wearing traditional jean overalls to the office, but when styled appropriately, this plaid wool version should meet HR’s standards. Give it a professional edge with a crisp white button-down and polished tote, then take the look to after-hours drinks with a sleeveless turtleneck and sleek leather jacket.

Overall Outfit #5: Want a Fuss-Free Look? The Overall Dress is For You

DRESS: ENGLISH FACTORY, TOP: FREE PEOPLE, HAT: ECHO ACCESSORIES

DRESS: ENGLISH FACTORY, PURSE: ANYA HINDMARCH, EARRINGS: ELIZABETH AND JAMES

If shimmying in and out of a denim one-piece takes too much time in the mornings, try a slip-on-and-go overall dress—another fashionable vestige of the ‘90s. Worn with a crop top and straw hat, it’s the perfect little number to pack for summer travels. Hitting the nightlife scene? Forgo layering pieces and wear it solo for a sexy, skin-baring look complemented by metallic accessories.

Overall Outfit #6: Get Creative

OVERALLS: GREYLIN, TOP: ALEXIS, NECKLACE: A PEACE TREATY

OVERALLS: GREYLIN, TOP: FUZZI, BAG: MILLY

Again, overalls aren’t just relegated to denim dungarees. Try a faux leather rendition for a slightly edgier take on the trend. In the a.m., you’ll want to tone down the look with a white tee and geometric necklace. But come nightfall, go all out in a sheer blouse with dramatic sleeves and a bracelet-handle bag.

Regardless of their reputation, overalls are an essential styling piece in any woman’s wardrobe. Wear them day or night for an effortlessly pulled together look that is also super flattering. Play around with the type of fabric, cut and added details of your overalls to create a look that suits your personal style.

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