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August 10, 2017

How to Wear Overalls as a Mom + Summer Fun

Happy Summer, that is almost at its end! WAH?!? After a little bit of “woe is me” this weekend, the kids are I are back on track and ready to devour the rest of Summer with three a days (Remember those from sports in high school where you worked out three times a day? Yeah, we’re doing the same only with ice cream and parks.☺️)

But, first, important question: Are you guys into overalls? Because I am obsessed. You know how I feel about rompers and jumpsuits? Well, it’s maybe not that crazy – I haven’t yet accosted anyone in a store and tried to force them to buy a pair but I’m close (Oh, you didn’t know I did that? Yes, some poor lady in Denver is probably still recovering from our encounter, while LOOKING FABULOUS I might add, in the jumpsuit I “highly encouraged” – re: wouldn’t shut up about until she put down her credit card – her to buy).

Now, full disclosure. I found these photos on my computer from last Summer so they’re a year old, but I think that is even further testament to overall’s staying power. That and the fact I essentially wore this same outfit the Summer of 1995, although that round I paired them with enormous, men’s flannel shirts and ball caps, which just screams flattering and a good use of youth, doesn’t it?

Now, here’s the thing about overalls as an adult. You gotta go easy. When I first started wearing them I wasn’t sure how to do it and was pairing them with t-shirts that had a lot going on and fuzzy coats (omg, I just looked and also a fanny pack!) and it was too much.

Instead overalls should feel like an easy pair of jeans you just throw on. I like to wear them with tank tops (more on the fitted side to streamline my body) and flip flops. I love a good bandana because it gives a pop of color and breaks me up, but you’ve gotta be careful not to go farmer with it (tie it up close to your neck instead of hanging down). Throw on a pair of funky glasses and you’re ready to Summer it up.

Even better if your partner in crime wants to match you, although you’ve got to be ready for the fact she’s probably going to steal the show.

Cute, fun, and easy, right? But, Kara, we’re heading into Fall! What do I do with my overalls now?

I’m so glad you asked! Seriously, overalls are the perfect transition piece because you can wear these suckers all year round. Because we live in California I even wear them all Winter with a long cardigan over them (short is harder to wear because it creates a lot of bulk on top).

Besides needing to take it easy with your overalls, I like to also make them a little bit feminine (Remember my big flannels? Yeah, the opposite of that). In this case, a little bit of lace on the top of the shirt makes it a little more interesting and lightens up the heavy a bit (if it were all black I’d want something up top to break it up like my bandana). A striped shirt would also have been cute or a floral, don’t you think?

And, I’m all about fitted because if it’s too big then it hangs out the sides and adds pounds and mama doesn’t need any of that business, okay?

Can you guys see my epic watch? I bought it when I was about 21 in Italy and found it when we moved and I’m all into it again. It’s my favorite kind of accessory – one that is easy to wear, but takes your outfit from everyday to wowza.

Kind of like this little gal. #showstealer

So, to round-up our overall tutorial. 😁

  1. You should most definitely be wearing them because they are totally throw on-able and adorable.
  2. Err on the side of easy so you don’t look like you’re trying to hard (ie. don’t do this).
  3. Go for fitted underneath to streamline your bod.
  4. Add some feminine elements if you can so you don’t look like a lumberjack/farmer.
  5. Always have an interesting accessory (this should be on my gravestone).
  6. Take along a mini-me because nothing makes you look cuter than a little person dressed the same.

Happy Overall-ing!


(These first overalls are sooooo cute – please buy them? 😁)

Photos by my gal Milou and Olin.
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3 thoughts on “How to Wear Overalls as a Mom + Summer Fun

  1. Um, overalls are the freakin’ best. I don’t know how I went from age 17 to 9 months ago (when I bought some) without them.

    They do everything that is wonderful in the world!

    Happy Friday, lady!

    Hillary on August 11, 2017 at 8:05 am
  2. I still to this day wear my oversized, baggy and way too long overalls from old navy. They totally cover my feet (ESPECIALLY in flip flops or ballet flats) but it’s past the point of caring about the hems, they are so frayed and ripped but that’s my style, even with my flare jeans) and are so freaking roomy! Hint: try going commando in them in public! 😉

    Ally on January 8, 2018 at 9:49 am

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