In true utilitarian fashion, overalls were initially designed to offer protection for construction site workers and farmers. However, fast forward to now, overalls or dungarees have become widely popular in mainstream culture, even being produced by some luxury and high-end designers too. They’re no longer just viewed as attire for the blue-collar worker but a staple in contemporary fashion.
The workwear suit was created in the 1890s by Levi Strauss and Jacob W. Davis at Levi Strauss & Co, as they wanted to offer labourers an effortlessly cool and comfy uniform. Enter, overalls – the item of clothing that allows you to move around while also offering an additional layer of protection, thanks to its durable materials. It began to serve as an emblem for rail-roaders and farmers in the depression era.
However, the baggy workwear suit rebranded in the 1980s and ’90s as it was embraced by the hip-hop industry. Artists were fashioning denim overalls with one shoulder unfastened, and with now the 90s and Y2K fashion trends currently re-emerging, it seems overalls are once again ‘cool’.
Men’s Overalls FAQs
How do I style overalls?
Overalls are named as such because they go over ALL. Pop them over your t-shirts, sweaters, whatever! Although, in cooler months you can pop a jacket over your overalls.
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Whether you’re outdoors facing harsh conditions or wanting to kick back in some comfortable apparel that’ll give you street style credit, overalls are the way to go. But what labels are producing the finest overalls and coveralls? Here’s our selection of some of the best brands creating and modernising all types of dungarees. From hammer loops to chest pockets, we have options that will make you both functional and fashionable.
Offering the best overalls, Carhartt has endless styles for every occasion, you're sure to find what you're looking for. Whether you're after construction overalls or a more streetwear design, Carhartt has you covered. The Steel Rugged Flex Ripstop Bib overall is perfect for those long days at work as it's built to move with you through its Rugged Flex technology.
They've also added a hook-and-loop adjustable waist, reinforced back pockets and double-layer knees with Cordura overlays and openings for adding knee pads, not to mention there's heaps of leg room. But, if you're looking for something with a little more coverage, may we suggest the Loose Fit Washed Duck Insulated Coverall? This is your everyday overall, specifically designed to keep you warm as it's made from 100% ringspun washed duck cotton and offers light wear insulation.
Inspired by 90s fashion, their coverall is the go-to apparel for all DIY makers, mechanics, carpenters, and ace pilots. The Stay Loose Coveralls are relaxed through the waist, hip, and thigh with a loose leg and come with chest pockets too.
You will find the sleekest overalls, made from premium fabrics and organic yarns as Rolla's is dedicated to making fashion sustainable. Made from 100% cotton, their classic black Trade Overalls are a fashion staple in menswear.
These denim overalls are a popular favourite of Canadian slacker rocker, Mac DeMarco and we can see why! Featuring adjustable shoulder straps, a zip-up chest pocket and button fastenings at the side, they're also a relaxed fit providing an easy to wear silhouette. Whether you're working all day or kicking back at a music festival, these sleek overalls are suitable for all.
There's an assortment of baggy blue denim overalls made for casual wear, but their styles also come with adjustable buckle straps and functional pockets to secure all your belongings. However, if you're looking for something untraditional, check out the faux leather snake print boiler suit. Made from polyester and polyurethane, these pair of overalls have a straight leg design that features long sleeves with back pockets and chest pockets.
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Perfect for summer, their Intelligence short overalls are more of a traditional look, as it's a classic pinafore design. Made for comfort, these overalls come with adjustable buckle straps, side buttons, and functional buttons. With a relaxed fit and created with breathable materials, these overalls will keep you cool during warmer weather.
However, if you're after a bold article of clothing, then try the Relaxed Fit Washed Long Dungaree. Available in a gorgeous pale green, this bib overall is a fashion favourite and super functional as it's created from soft materials with chest and back pockets built-in. Dress up with some black boots, or look effortlessly cool with a basic tee underneath. The choice is yours!
Their Hi-Vis Bib and Brace overalls are one of the company's highest sellers, thanks to its blend of high-tech premium materials. Made with a blend of 3MT Scotchlite T Reflective Material and a high contrast yellow 9920 Silver Industrial Wash Fabric, Dickie's bib overalls have a watch pocket and a double tool pocket. It also features hammer loops, a large front, and is lined with triple-stitched seams. The design is made for your protection as its 3MT ScotchliteT Reflective material promises to keep you safe even in the darkest conditions.
Also, while you're sorting through Dickie's products, have a look at their Deluxe Cotton Overall. This workwear suit made from 100% cotton rugged twill which will, guaranteed, keep you warm in cold weather due to its tough and durable feel. They also feature a Bi-swing back and elastic waist inserts, hammer loops, pencil pocket on the left sleeve, concealed snaps at the waist, neck and faced cuffs, and heavy-duty brass zippers on front and back pockets for ultimate functionality.
Red Kap's collection of overalls are made from Minimix, a material that's built for you to move freely during your busy day. Also, their workwear is completely water-resistant. If you're looking for a classic style, why not try the lightweight coverall with Oilblok technology? Its built-in Oilblok repels the toughest auto fluids, including oil, while the Touchtex Technology allows the colour to last and makes the coveralls stain resistant. It also features Flex Stretch Panels, which improves movement and mobility.