Over the last few years we have seen the overall trend take over as a springtime must-have. On many women they are adorable; certainly the high-waisted 70s style and even the full-leg, boyfriend style. But for me, I did my time in overalls and I will not go back. Let me explain: I had a pair of overalls over the four years that I was either pregnant, post-pregnant, or pregnant-again with my two boys. They were my go-to’s and at their peak were a dependable, stylish choice for my expanding waistline. Even when they ripped at the knee I continued to wear them, thinking: these are even more cool with rips! But something happened at the end of those four years: I got sick of those overalls. And they started to lose their cool-factor. What I once considered cute and edgy became tired and baggy. I remember looking at myself in the mirror one day and saying, that’s it – I am done.
The last time I wore them my younger son was about 3 months old. He and I smiled for the camera and after we took these photos I said good bye to my one-time staple, for good. But just because I said good bye doesn’t mean I didn’t love them; they played a significant role in my life. It simply means it was time to let go and move forward. And so I have no remorse when I see others rocking their overalls. In fact, I applaud them. As for me, I am done. I’m not buying it … anymore!
Fringe frocks from the 1920s! Photo: Sasha/Getty Images
There is a history and a beauty to every piece of clothing we wear. And though we often hear about the latest trend or fashion fad we may be surprised to know that these fads actually date back to other times and places; they have simply been reincarnated. Leave it to the ever-stylish site, Refinery29, to share some fashion history and trace five of today’s most popular pieces to their origins: the turtleneck, fringe, the flared jean, the sports bra, and overalls. Says Refinery29, “you’ll never look at them in the same way again.” And I wholeheartedly agree!
Here is more on the history of fashion from Refinery29 …
The Turtleneck: “Turtlenecks made an appearance in the late 1800s, but served a much more high-fashion purpose. Women wore the garment with exaggerated sleeves and a form-fitting silhouette. As the Met Museum reports, this style is one of the earliest examples of women’s sportswear.”
Fringe: “Anyone with a smidgen of fashion history knowledge may think of fringe as a ubiquitous trend of the 1920s. The fringe frocks of this era — famously designed by Madeleine Vionnet — partnered closely with the dance craze du jour: the Charleston.” Continue reading →
Princess Diana made overalls sexy Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar #TheList
Harper’s Bazaar #TheList, highlights the women on the street having a love affair with the all-in-one denim piece called the overall. For several years overalls were my best friend. They were my best friend when I was pregnant with my first baby 18 years ago; they were my best friend after baby #one was born and before I could fit comfortably in my regular clothes; they were my best friend three years later when I was pregnant with baby #two, and kept me company, again, for the first few months post-delivery. A tried-and-true best friend. But then … not. There was the day my mother looked at me (as only a mother can) and said, “It’s time to say good bye to the overalls.”
I haven’t worn them since. I think overalls have a shelf-life. You have to be at a certain place in your life to wear overalls successfully. Otherwise, you end up looking just a little weird, with droopy drawers. If now is your time, go for it. For me? It’s time to find a new best friend. I’m not buying it!