3 Ways to Wear an Overalls Dress (Fall & Winter)

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About a month ago, I had a sudden urge to buy things. While I typically purchase second-hand, there were some pieces I’d been eyeing that I knew would be too tough to find in thrift stores. Exhibit one: a corduroy overalls dress.

It’s funny how you grow to love styles you once found geeky or tacky as a kid. I used to hate overalls and turtlenecks, for instance, and now I proudly sport them several times a week. I was worried about pulling off overalls though–more body-hugging bottoms aren’t the most flattering on my athletic frame. Luckily, this dress was pretty roomy (I’m typically a size S, and it fit with room to spare).

I’ve since worn this guy several times, and I love how versatile the overalls are. Here are my top ways to style an overalls dress:

3 Ways to Wear an Overalls Dress (Fall & Winter)

1. Over a chunky sweater

Me posing in an overalls dress over a chunky sweater in front of an ivy-covered gate
Me wearing a burnt orange overalls dress over a cream turtleneck with an orange striped silk scarf, black leggings, and black chelsea boots
Overalls dress, fast fashion| Sweater, flea market (Club Med) | Scarf, Paris thrift store | Boots, Silky Toes (affiliate link)

2. Over a turtleneck

Me posting along the Seine in Paris
Me posing under a green bush archway in Musée Rodin in Paris
Turtleneck, thrifted L.L. Bean | Scarf, Mom’s

3. Over a light sweater and cozy cardigan

Me posing in front of the Paris skyline near the Sacre-Coeur with a forest green cardigan, burnt orange overalls dress, burgundy scarf, and golden yellow sweater
Me posing in front of the Paris skyline near the Sacre-Coeur with a forest green cardigan, burnt orange overalls dress, burgundy scarf, and golden yellow sweater
Sweater, thrifted H&M | Cardigan, flea market (Griffon Frères) | Scarf, thrifted in Ohio

You might’ve noticed a sort of pattern in these looks—my formula is more or less = (turtleneck or chunky sweater) + overalls dress + silk scarf. (The math major in me emerging haha). I’ve become a huge fan of silk scarves and highly recommend picking some up in your local thrift store to spice up your outfits.

You may have also noticed that this dress is from a fast fashion retailer. Buying from a fast fashion retailer was definitely a moment of weakness. I definitely recommend looking elsewhere first if you can, both for ethical and quality reasons. I was happy with the dress, but the other items I ordered felt cheaply-made.

So where else can you look? Some popular secondhand clothing apps are Vinted, ThredUP, Poshmark, and Mercari (last three are referral links with $10 off your first purchase). I’ve only personally used Poshmark, and I’ve had a good experience with what I’ve purchased–my favorite vintage Coach crossbody bag is actually from there, and it was a steal at $16 including shipping.

Unfortunately, most of these apps are only US-based (other than Vinted I believe), but a French alternative that one of my roommates has tried is Micolet. (By the way, the word for overalls in French is “salopette”).

How else have you styled your overalls? Another combination I’ve tried and liked was overalls + button-down/flowy blouse. Would love to hear your different ideas and “formulas” 🙂

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