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Best Overalls for Retro Style: HM Denim Overalls

H&M
H&M

H&M has always had its finger on the pulse of trends, and these expertly faded denim overalls are no different. They’re not all that different from the overalls you might have worn a 1990s kid, but think of them as all grown-up and ready for anything.

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Overan Off-the-Shoulder Top

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Are you ready for a real fashion challenge? Pairing overalls with an of-the-moment off-the-shoulder top is easier to pull off than you might think, and looks insanely fashionable. For a foolproof option, opt for a fitted long-sleeve top in a contrasting color (i.e. white for dark wash denim, and black for light wash denim), and pair with sneakers or booties.

When are Coveralls a Better Option?

We have discussed careers where overalls are or were historically used as part of their uniforms. We’ve also discussed the pros and cons of overalls in general.

But sometimes, full body coverage may be the better option. Coveralls are different than overalls in that they also cover the shoulders and arms. Coveralls are a nice option if:

  • You work in frigid and windy environments where insulating and maintaining your body warmth is very important. Coveralls insulate and block out the wind much better than overalls. Some options come with a hood.
  • You are working in extremely dirty environments where you want to keep as much of your body covered as possible. Coveralls cover your shoulders and arms where overalls do not. 
  • You need to carry around a lot of tools. Coveralls have pockets all over them to carry around what you need to, whereas overalls do not have quite as many. 

Best Investment-Level Overalls: RRL Renshaw Canvas Panel Twill Overalls

Nordstrom
Nordstrom

RRL, an offshoot label within Ralph Lauren, redesigned the game in terms of upscale workwear. These canvas twill overalls are durable, fashion-forward, and as cool as it gets for the price tag.

Pros and Cons of Overalls

Advantages of Overalls

  • You have a free range of arm motion – This is great for jobs where you have to paint or lift frequently. Because overalls have open shoulders, you retain proper range of motion through the shoulders.
  • Provides more airflow – If you get warm easily or are working outside during the summer months, that extra airflow can make all the difference in your comfort level and ability to do your job. 
  • A good additional layer – If you already have a coat and just need insulation for the lower half of your body, they will do the job (best insulated overalls).
  • Adjusts well to your individual body shape – Because they are a looser article of clothing, they tend to be more forgiving in terms of weight gain or loss. 
  • Can add layer for safety – Some, but not all, overalls are designed with protective fabric. Some types of fabric might be flame-resistant, while others may be abrasion-resistant, waterproof, or water-resistant.
  • Provide extra pockets – If your job requires a lot of extra little tools, then overalls provide the convenience of having plenty of extra storage space.   

Disadvantages of Overalls

  • They do not provide complete insulation – If you are working outside in freezing weather, then some of your much-needed body heat will get out. Insulated coveralls will be a better option for extreme cold.
  • It does not seal off the wind – In extreme weather and cold, this can be a definite negative. 
  • Can reduce freedom of movement – Wearing an extra layer over your normal work clothes can add bulk and reduce your freedom of movement. Overalls made with stretch fabric are a good way to ensure your retain flexibility.
  • Often imported – Not a lot of overalls are made in the USA, which means quality of overalls can suffer at times. If you want American-made overalls, visit our article about USA overalls.

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