I can still remember it today, I was about seven years old on my grandparents house boat wearing overall pants. Thanks to an earlier impulsive decision to jump in the Delta with my clothes on, the overalls were the only dry clothes I had left. They really weren't my favorite, especially since the temperature wouldn't stop climbing. I ended up going outside to the top deck to cry into a plastic boat seat all because I was stuck in those heavy denim overalls.
My mom, as always, came to the rescue. This time with a pair of scissors. She simply asked me to stand up, found where the pants hit my knee, and started cutting. I was in awe. Suddenly my baggy, heavy denim overalls had become these awesome overall shorts that had frayed edges. I couldn't get enough of them. I wore them everyday no matter what the occasion, and you could always tell where I had been by the trail of pulled denim threads (they were just so fun to play with!).
Today designers like Ralph Lauren, Roberto Cavali, and Louise Gray are revamping the overalls into styles my seven year old self would have been happy to sleep in. Shiny metallic overall dresses that look like evening gowns, black and white striped overalls that hug your legs instead of weighing them down, and overalls in heavenly textures such as suede and velvet.
Check out the slideshow below to get some inspiration, and go to Nordstroms and Dolls Kill to get the looks.
Overalls have stepped into a brave new world. I'm just glad they're back on my planet.