Overalls for every occasion

Why you should wear it:

A key trend in the 1990s, overalls are back in style and this time in many variations. For instance, they now come in the form of skirts and in materials other than denim, such as leather, suede and wool.

How to wear it:

Choose overalls in a style that can be worn for multiple occasions and in a neutral colour such as black or grey. Materials to go for include wool or suede - denim can look too casual, unless that is the look you are after.

Fit is important. Overalls that are too fitted can look clown-like, while those that are too baggy appear sloppy.


For a more dressed up look, wear the overalls with a shirt or a high-necked blouse and heels.

For a casual day out, pair it with a T-shirt or cropped sweater and sneakers. Avoid short overalls if the occasion calls for something more formal.

In terms of accessories, opt for a structured bag and minimal accessories. Leave out backpacks, bows or high socks, as you run the risk of looking too much like a child.

1. Ocie pinstripe overalls, $48, www.lovebonito.com

Pinstripes like these are a good way to incorporate prints subtly into your outfit.

2. Faux leather overall dress, $69.90, Zara

Up the ante with an edgy texture like leather. The dark forest green is great for the autumn season.

3. Melange dungarees, $175, Cos

With its tailored fit and muted colour, this piece is appropriate for work. Wear with a crisp button-down shirt.

4. Skinny fit denim dungarees, $99.90, Stradivarius

Want something more casual and relaxed? Choose a pair of denim overalls. The ripped details make it look more trendy than childish.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2015, with the headline 'Overalls for every occasion'. Print Edition | Subscribe