How to Pull Off Overalls as a Grown-Up

Overalls are one of this summer’s must-try trends—they’re flying off the shelves everywhere, from Gap to Gucci. But once you’ve hunted down your perfect pair, a new conundrum arises: What are you going to wear them with?

Overalls seem like something that is going to be easy to style—basically a dress with legs, they should just be an outfit on their own, right? But it’s a little trickier to find the right shirt and shoes to pair them with than you might think. To demystify the process, we tracked down some of the most stylish women on Instagram to see how they are styling their own overalls this summer.


April Wagner (@apriljwagner)

Photo by April Wagner

April Wagner, the woman behind Champagne Colored Glasses, is a firm believer that the 90s are back, and couldn’t resist picking up a pair of overalls this year. She chose to style hers with a scarf, blazer, and yellow flats. “It took me a while to hop on the ‘overall train’ but once I saw these Levi’s, I fell in love,” said Wagner. “I feel like the blue and yellow go together perfectly and always find myself pairing the two. The jacket adds a little sophistication to the look while the neck scarf makes it playful. The zipper detail and fit make them fun and unique.” See more of April’s looks on her blog, and connect with her on Instagram.


Joi Smith (@inmyjoi)

Photo by Joi Smith

Joi Smith, the woman behind personal style blog In My Joi, styled her overalls with a chic black hat and a white tee, then added a pop of color with red lace-up heels. When asked about her styling, Joi said, “I previously shied away from slim cut denim overalls because I thought they would be awkward on my curvy frame—I was wrong! I love the look and fit of these overalls! For their first debut, I styled them minimally with a black wool fedora, basic white T-shirt, and bright red accents.” Connect with Joi on her blog and on Instagram.


Janet Mandell (@fashionaholik)

Photo by Janet Mandell

Janet Mandell of Fashion-A-Holic dressed her overalls up with a puffy-sleeved blouse that is accented by a large bow and metallic heels. “Overalls tend to be a casual, basic piece, but I wanted to keep the look fresh and fun!” said Mandell, “To mix it up a bit, I styled this look with a twist of glam and feminine flair. A puffy-sleeved blouse and bow are the definition of feminine sophistication, so I wore the combo beneath my fitted overalls. Then, I added a pop of spring color into the mix to keep the look bright and playful.” See more of her outfits on her blog and Instagram.


Catherine Summers (@notlamb)

Photo by Catherine Summers

Catherine Summers began her blog Not Dressed As Lamb to encourage people to wear what they want, not necessarily what is considered “age appropriate.”  She chose to style her overalls with a printed button-down, classic sunglasses, and a messy bun. “Overalls (or as we Brits call them, dungarees) are one of the easiest things to throw on when you’re either in a rush, have indulged a little too much, or just want to wear something cute and stylish,” said Summers. ”I’m very much a believer in women wearing whatever they want, so to me it’s not about whether it suits your shape or whether you’re the ‘right age’ for them, but more about whether they suit your personality. I’ll wear mine almost any way—with sneakers or heels, a plain T-shirt or a pretty blouse, dressed up or dressed down: I’m something of a style chameleon!” Keep up with Catherine on her blog and Instagram.


Flavia Nunez (@flaviacnunez)

Photo by Flavia Nunez

Flavia Nunez, Real Simple's associate fashion editor, also took on the overall trend. She cuffed the bottoms of her overalls, added a blue button-down and neck scarf, plus simple slip-on mules. “This is a great look for when I have to run around the city and make sure that I’m comfortable, but still put together,” said Nunez. “The button-down and neck scarf elevate the look while the slip-ons don’t slow me down like heels would. Plus, it feels great to know that your pants are not going to slip down!" Check out Flavia’s Instagram for more of her looks.