Typically I have a rule: if I’ve assumed a trend once in my lifetime, I need to think carefully before riding that wave again. And having paraded overalls (typically with one strap unlatched) during its peak in the nineties, I hesitated before revisiting it again.
But when I saw the overall’s sweet cousin, the overall dress (aka bib dress, aka denim pinafore), I felt terribly nostalgic. It was durable yet feminine, an irresistible if unexpected combination.
OUTFIT ONE: OVERALL DRESS + BODY SUIT + CHOKER
For my first look, I decided to assemble an appropriate homage to the 90’s. Body suits play well with overalls, slim and secure (other tops have the potential to bunch up or even peek out the sides). The choker revisited with layers of suede and finished with a bow, left me feeling just enough separated from my junior high years.
OUTFIT TWO: OVERALL DRESS + STATEMENT SLEEVES + BANDANA
I wanted to try two of my favorite current trends with the overall dress next: statement sleeves and a square scarf.
I love how the broad ruffles of the bell sleeves contrast with the slim silhouette of the jumper. And the view is just as darling from the back, the exit is just as cute as the entrance. I put my sons in suspenders all the time (it makes them easier to catch 😉 )
Accessorizing with a statement bandana, leans the denim dress further towards its western roots. And there are so many fun ways to tie it.
OUTFIT THREE: OVERALL DRESS + BUTTONDOWN
For my final look, I took the button-up, which you could also wear buttoned underneath, and tied it over top.
It’s a less conventional version of a cardigan. It’s polished, slightly masculine, and carries some disheveled structure.
To keep the look casual. I rolled up the shirt sleeves and flipped the collar. Bonus: the knotted detail narrows and showcases the waist.
You could also play off this same idea with a t-shirt tied to the side of the waist. It turns the bib-dress into a sleek denim skirt.
So which look is your favorite? Have you tried out overalls yet? And how do you feel about revisiting the 90’s?
Photos by Chrissy Blake of Let Me See You Sparkle