“I think everyone should own three pairs.” Those are words that I blabbed out of my mouth in front of all my coworkers one morning. It was in response to new amazing Citizens of Humanity denim overalls. When overalls first made their comeback onto the fashion scene many scoffed at this particular 90s resurgence and that the fad was just that: another trend that would go from being “in” to “out” in the blink of an eye. And then Alexa Chung would go laughing all the way to the bank. However, overalls and their ever-growing fan base fought back (albeit in the form of dollar bills and credit) and now about two to three years later I can still do a post about overalls and not look nostalgically crazy. Okay, maybe a little crazy.
So back to overalls. I just got to this paragraph and am drawing a blank as to specifically why I love overalls and, as of recent, jumpers. So bear with me while I stumble through some reasons for my ever-growing fondness for pants with permanent suspenders.
My words probably wont do justice to the feeling that I intend to convey: overalls are more comfortable than all my jeans. Whether loose or slim, there’s this specific sort of “Ahhhh, yes…” touchable bliss that comes along with sliding on a pair of overalls. I have one pair that takes the cake in issuing this sensation. First is my corduroy pair by Free People. Whether it’s the soft on the inside and outside technology and the swishing-swashing sound made when walking, this pair can be worn loose or tight I bought a size bigger and opted for the looser side, which in my experience has been the key to this pair’s “Ahhh, yes…” high score. Yet I have no doubt that their comfortability will remain high if worn tightly as well.
2. Pants Alternative
I hope I’m not alone in this sentiment, but I get bored of my go-to blouse and denim combo. While I’m not saying this is not a tried-and-true, dependable duo, sometimes you’re eager for something fresh, but doesn’t feel “Whoa, crazy” new. In come overalls: “We’re here to act and protect you – like pants, but we have buckles on top!”
3. Various Styles
Here is where you might be asking, “But Erin, you can get bored of overalls too.” And yes, this is true. But with overalls it’s a different version of variety. Pants have highwaisted, skinny, boyfriend, and flared. Overalls have loose, fit, traditional denim, cords, or the newer edition to the family, jumpers. And THEN there are all the colors and patterns, and short pairs. Have we decided on a name for these things yet? I’ve heard shorteralls, jumpers, and rompers. Which is right, I ask!
4. Adaptable to Various Looks
It came as a surprise to many that overalls managed to lay a permanent stake in what will be remembered as 2010s era fashion (yep, that will be a thing we will see at Forever21 come 20 years or so). And I believe this staying power is due to overalls’ adaptability to various looks and style types; casual vs. out on the town, bohemian vs. preppy, Free People or Madewell.
5. Easy Morning Decision
Just pick out a shirt, shoes, an accessory, strap on those comfy babies and go! Perfect for 6:00am shifts at Anthropologie.
Well, there you have it: my obsession with overalls. I hope I’m not the only one!