11 February 2009

Overalls

I am loathe to admit that I spent the greater part of the early-nineties in a pair of worn out Liberty overalls that I bought at a local thrift store for about two bucks. What can I say? I'm blaming it all on Marissa Tomei for looking impossible cute in hers while skating around the ice in Untamed Heart. Over the past year or so we've all noticed the slow rebirth of nineties fashion. First it was the floral babydoll dresses, then Doc Martens and if I'm guessing correctly overalls may be next (or maybe they already are and I'm just behind the times!). I've seen them popping up in all sorts of places over the past few weeks. But the ones I'm seeing are not my old beat-up, paint stained Liberties - they seem a bit more grown up and tailored this time around. Even though I've often sworn I'll never go back to wearing things I wore in my teenage years, I've spied a few pair that have me rethinking that.
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(vintage from Etsy, APC spring collection, Orla Kiely spring collection)

25 comments:

futurelint said...

ooh, I would wear the orla kiely ones in a hearbeat!

Anonymous said...

When I was little I used to own two pairs of corduroy overalls, one in sky blue and another in light purple.

svenskaussie said...

Me too, mine were black cotton and I wore them to Uni most days, I lived in them. Can't see myself wearing them again, I bet you'd you fab in them though.

Helen said...

Oh I had loads of dungarees! i had some bright orange short ones and some blue denim ones from the gap and a dungaree dress too. they were ridiculously comfy.

i spotted this girl wearing some on w_r the other day
http://flickr.com/photos/sleeping_under_stars/3250269077/
she makes them look very cute.

Niki said...

I adore overalls. I am debating on buying a cord pair as we speak. The shorts and skirt versions are especially epic. I cannot wait for spring/summer!

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Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

Oh Untamed Heart, one of my all time faves when I was a teen. I had the overalls too, would love to see them make a comeback.

copperoranges said...

i think overalls are adorable, but i dont think i'll be wearing them again! i already look young as it is!

Lo said...

do it!

jayne said...

wow the last pair is fantastically cute, i remember wearing those when I was 8 hehe

indigorchid said...

Oh, you're spot on! I've actually noticed a couple of them too - mostly in ads in Nylon. I too remember vividly wearing overalls, but I think I was about 10, and most of the allure came from my older sister wearing one. It probably looked way cooler on her anyways. Haha!

thevintageyear said...

I totally feel you on this one... I spent several of the '90s years getting about in overalls too. I had a lemon yellow corduroy pair and a stripy blue and white pair. They were hideous but now I kinda wish I'd kept them! I wish I could've seen your floral ones though, I'm sure they were the best!

WendyB said...

Brings me back to 1983.

Shay said...

oh god, no. I had a pair of Ikeda overall shorts, remember those?

Frances Baker said...

Wow! I just did a post on my own new pair of overalls! I did actually have a few concerns about re-wearing what I wore in my teens. I also rediscovered how comfy overalls can be though! I really like the short ones you pictured on the right.

Manja said...

I absolutely love the one on the right! Luckily, I never wore a jeans overall during my teenage years so this wouldn't be a "bad 90s memory" fashion revival for me haha

Parapluie said...

The one on the right is so wonderful!

Ashley B ;-) said...

I think I wore overalls for three years solid back in the day. They were my favourite thing to wear! I'm actually kinda glad they're coming back (though I will say I'm also very happy with the improvments). I love the Orla Kiely ones!

Hippy Chic said...

oh yes, they are coming back I can feel it! I have been scouring thrift stores to find the perfect pair, no luck yet..

jess s.

Anonymous said...

Its funny to think that one of the regular places my friends and I shopped at was the army surplus store. Cheap and chic, indeed. I love to see the trajectory of all these styles and trends. Thanks, Sally, for bringing up the connection to the early 90's. Even the girl's hair in the center photo is very like that era.

Andrea said...

Ah, those ruffles are killing me! Too cute!

Rachel C. said...

that last pair is absolutely adorable! being old enough to actually remember the entire decade that is the 90's, there are many popular fashion trends that have made their way into the revival that i just can't bring myself to sport - cute overall shorts like these my change my mind, though.

Fashion Fille said...

ahh yes!

NCM said...

Oh! I love the ones on the far right

bibprofessor said...

Hi Sally, yes overalls are coming back in may sorts, so much that we are some overalls fans organizing an international overalls day on November 20, and on my blog you can find links to more overalls fans, some of them also interested in fashion !