How To Wear Overalls As A Grown-Up

The last time you wore a pair of overalls, you might have paired them with a children's size-4 sandal and a Kool-Aid-stained lip, but we've seen loads of super-fashionable, super-chic women rock denim dungarees in ways that don't feel like they've been playing dress up at a Gymboree. With a few smart styling tips, your trusty childhood staple can become your trusty grown-up staple as well — and this time around, you can swap the cherry punch for a real-red lip! It's good to be an adult, no?
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Remember To Layer — Overalls beg for an interesting blouse and a contrast-colored topper. It's a country-mouse/city-mouse look that feels right for chilly spring temps.

Chimala Denim Overalls, $587, available at Madewell.
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Choose A Slim Cut — Modern-day overalls come in tapered, sleek styles that make 'em nearly sexy. Bet your OshKosh's didn't do that!

Surface to Air Dede Dungarees V1, $290, available at Surface to Air.
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Experiment With Color — Blue isn't the only hue that's available. In khakis, colors, and pastels, the overall can even look like a jumpsuit.

Boy. by Band of Outsiders Cotton Overalls, $495, available at Net-a-Porter.
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Remember The Heels — The easiest way to make an overall look sophisticated is to pair it with a grown-up pair of heels. With a swipe a lipstick and ladylike accessories, you'll never get confused for a kid.

Photo: Courtesy of Susie Eldred/ Take-Out in Couture
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Dresses — In dress, short, and even midi form, the overall can take on a ton of different, flattering silhouettes.

Photo: Courtesy of Phil Oh/Street Peeper
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Look Outside Of Denim — In vegan leather, crisp linen, or velvet, overalls can feel less precious. Wear them with a simple tank (consider a cropped tank if you're feeling extra spicy) to bare some skin.

Free People Vegan Leather Overalls, $128, available at Free People.

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