Been There. Worn That. The American Woman’s Obsession with the Denim-Strapped Monster.

Picture Perfect Overalls

They’re baaaa-ack.  What was once my favorite go-to-garment, that quickly transformed into a “what not wear” similar in proportion to Mom Jeans is making a haute couture resurgence. The overall.

I shit you not. This denim-doozy peppered the runways at NYFW and has been seen on celebrities gracing the pages of the Daily Rags. The big question is, “Can you do it again? “Will you do it again?”


To be honest, back in the day (early 90’s) I LOVED this trend. But looking back, I can’t help but think it was quite similar to the Yoga-Pant-Epidemic we are battling today. The overall hid a multitude of sins, was comfortable and casual and could be dressed-up or down with a hip-hop or hipster flair. But we became obsessed. We over-used them, we became lazy and the overall became the uniform of the SSAHM.*



Me, Spring Break circa 1992ish. Riding the now extinct springy creature outside of a McDonalds in Naples, Florida. Don’t judge. We had no cash. Note the VERY washed-out, light denim short-alls. Nice.


Me and my BFF/Roomie, same trip. Regarless of cash-flow we were able to find some rich dudes with a beach-front condo. (Hooray, we’re movin’ on up!) More short-alls, but I always LOVED these on her skinny ass. So jealous. Plaid is rad – ALWAYS.

Now, let us all lie down of the big, leather Therapist’s Couch of Style . . .

My nostalgic side wants to go running back to this trend. My stylist side wants to prove that I can do it again . . .better, fabber (new word) and so chic. My practical side says, “Hell-to-the-no.” Yes, I’d love to be one of the first rocking this look in the burbs, but I’d hate to be THAT ONE rocking this look in the burbs.

I’ll have to sleep on it.

My advice to you: If you’re not “over it all” promise you’ll do it differently. Promise you’ll pair your bibs with your funkiest booties. Promise you’ll dress  your top-half with an amazing cardigan sweater. Promise you’ll experiment with something in a print. AND promise you’ll never use them solely as a fat-day, errand-running uniform. EVER.


Do tell. Whatcha gonna do? Love ’em or hate ’em they’re back.



*Sloppy Stay at Home Mom (PS: Don’t be one.)



2 Responses to “Been There. Worn That. The American Woman’s Obsession with the Denim-Strapped Monster.”

  1. Laura Lazicki October 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

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    Don’t forget about unhooking one side and let it hang down!!!! I rocked that look.

  2. LovesGray October 2, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

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    I stand by the old saying if you were young enough to wear a ‘fad’ the first time around, you are too old this time around!

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