Just because you buy a pair of overalls does not necessarily mean you're going to look as good in yours as I do in mine. I have decades of experience, and I don't even have to think about it anymore--it's become second nature to me. Just like tuxedos, there are certain ways to wear the garment correctly, and also a number of rookie mistakes that can ruin the bold styling statements a fine pair of overalls can make. In fact, many men wear overalls for years and never realize they're doing it wrong. Fortunately, there are just a few rules to remember to ensure you don't commit a social faux pas by wearing overalls incorrectly.
|Be sure you can fasten buttons!|
2.) Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Overalls should be washed at least annually in hot water, and never dried. Air drying on a hanger, preferably outside in the sun, ensures they'll dry board stiff, offering added protection during falls down ditch banks, against fish hooks and flying wood splinters. Good stiff denim can even offer limited protection against wild animal attacks--unless it is a skunk. Remember: overalls will not protect you against skunks! And bears. They're useless against bears. And badgers. Or a really pissed off raccoon. You know, you probably shouldn't depend on them against animal attacks on second thought--unless it's a bee, or a medium sized wasp.
|Yes, a beer will fit in this pocket.|
4.) Shirts: This is an important point. North of the Ohio River, you should always wear a shirt under your overalls--unless you're a woman. If you're a woman you don't have to wear a shirt under your overalls. Any T-shirt or flannel is acceptable to wear under your overalls. However, you should never wear a tie with overalls, unless you're attending a wedding or a funeral, then a bow tie is appropriate. Long ties, or a priest collar is only appropriate with overalls if you are officiating the wedding or funeral.
5.) Footwear: People are often tempted when wearing something as nice looking as overalls to wear Oxfords, or a nice tasseled Italian loafer. That's not appropriate. In summer, shoes aren't mandated at all, but when they are necessary, work boots, tennis shoes, and in some areas sandals are the preferred footwear.
|Shirts optional for women.|
|The twisted strap faux pas|
|It takes fashion sense in hat selection|
9.) Accessories: As with any classic style, you can't spend enough thought on proper accessories. Accessories make the outfit, and they make the look. When wearing overalls, you should never accessorize with anything other than top name brands. Even if you're doing everything else right, this is one place where you don't want to settle with cheap knock-off brands. The accessories shouldn't only reflect your taste, but your personality as well. Only the best will do: Winchester, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Colt, Remington, etc.
|Never wear Italian loafers|
Of course the best part of wearing overalls is the cost. I bought a new pair over the weekend--they were $38. My last pair cost $25, but I bought those in the late 90s. I didn't really need a new pair as the old ones have held up well considering the countless hours I've worn them, and the fact they've been washed two or three times since I bought them. But that's an amazing value for such a classic style if you're pinching pennies--not to mention what you'll save in underwear.
So now that you know the basics, you should have all the information you need to really rock the overall look. You'll know you're doing it right if people just look at you then shake their head as they walk away--envy is an ugly thing.