There’s something nostalgic about overalls, which reminds us of our sticker-covered closets, sunny playgrounds, and birthday parties. Because '90s fashion is far from over, it’s no wonder that overalls (also known as dungarees, or locally, “jumpers”) made a style comeback. While reminiscent of our childhood, overalls are now the piece of choice for any cool girl given their utilitarian appeal: They’re comfortable and easy to wear! Depending on how you style them, they could be chic, grungy, or playful.
See how your favorite celebrities and influencers style their own overalls!
1. Don’t be afraid to go denim on denim.
Remember that fashion rule that says you can’t wear denim on denim? Well, it’s old and outdated, and has been proven wrong several times. Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters especially makes the case for this, exposing a denim halter top underneath her overalls with similar hues. Like Rachel, lightly tinted sunglasses add an effortlessly cool vibe you can take to any music festival or party.
2. Wear them loose and baggy.
Not one to shy away from trends, Anne Curtis’ OOTD is undoubtedly street, wearing her overalls loose and baggy with a matching beanie and sweater. Paired with sneakers, this outfit speaks total comfort. The actress also gets streetwear points for slinging a black Chanel quilted bag on her shoulder, for a street-meets-luxe look. Take note of this outfit the next time you’re exploring a foreign city!
3. Almost bare.
Overalls are normally associated with fall and layers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them in the summer, especially in the country where it’s sunny all year long. Kiana Valenciano easily rocks her overalls at the beach with loosely worn overalls and an inner top that’s barely there. Even better if you can find them in lighter fabrics such as cotton or linen.
4. Cropped tops are overalls’ best friend.
Similarly, cropped tops make for a cute inner wear that’s sexy and playful. Currently the fashion girl’s favorite style choice, cropped pieces such as bandeaus, bralettes, or halters give off a certain je ne sais quois. Cuff those pant hems for a chic-meets-sensible look. Dress it up with heels or ankle boots, or wear with sneakers for a more relaxed feel.
5. Wear them wide-legged.
A great way to contrast a cropped top is to wear wide-leg overalls, balancing the upper half’s sexy vibe. Wide-leg silhouettes are a trendy and grown-up update to jumpers, giving them a dressier appearance. Here, blogger Aly Baña pairs her white bralette with a cargo-inspired wide-leg jumper that looks rugged yet fashion-forward.
6. Say yes to distressed.
There’s a naturally grungy feel to denim, so embrace the rugged look while looking cute at the same time. Selena Gomez makes the case for this, pairing a gray top with loose, distressed overalls. Completing this effortless OOTD are her beachy waves and lived-in sneakers, giving her some cool girl points. This outfit is on point for running errands around the city or going for a quick coffee run.
7. Wear them in light denim.
Meanwhile, denim doesn’t always need to be blue. Overalls in light denim give a daintier touch, especially if you’re into more feminine styles. Check out Elisse Joson, who looks super cute in her version. Her jumpers barely conceal her white sleeveless top, while her aviators and pigtails add a playful, summer-ready look. Save this photo for your next style inspo for that road trip!
8. Feel free to add a pop of color.
Overalls don’t always have to be downbeat. Adding touches of color and contrast gives a chic update to your look. Tricia Gosingtian is every bit as adorable as Lara Jean Covey in this overalls-inspired pinafore, its fire brick color creating a nice contrast against her navy sweater. Offsetting the look are her nude purse and white ankle boots. It’s the perfect style reference for an outfit to school.
9. Wear them with a T-shirt.
The simplest and most textbook way to style overalls is to wear them over a T-shirt. Embrace the trend for what it really is: an ultimate throwback from the '90s. Channel your inner child and pick out a statement tee that represents who you are. Roll up the sleeves for an easy, laid-back style and pair with printed socks to amp up the nostalgia.
10. Don the monochrome.
Overalls don’t just come in denim. For a fashion-forward update, it’s best to match those dungarees with your inner wear. Check out Solenn Heussaff here, lending her white overalls some grown-up polish with a matching corset. It’s an outfit that’s clean and crisp. Pair with a sleek ponytail and heels, and you’ve got a winning look for the evening.
11. Wear them low.
For rainy days, take advantage of the sweater weather and ditch the jeans for overalls. They make for good layers, and vibrant, oversized sweaters earn instant street points. If the sweater has a print in front, show it off and wear the straps low like Rihanna for a laid-back vibe.
12. Keep it comfortable.
At the end of the day, overalls should be easy and comfortable to wear. Don a classic and travel-ready silhouette like Vern Enciso, who kept her look cute and fun as she styled her short overalls with a turtleneck sweater, all-white sneakers, and an on-trend belt bag to hold the essentials.
13. Say yes to the dress.
Overalls that come in skirt iterations are totally appropriate for a casual affair, too. Sweaters that come in classic prints like stripes, when paired with with an A-line jumper, look especially chic and Parisian. Take a look at Sofia Andres here, who looks like she leaped out of a '90s print editorial.