The 1980s had some undeniably bitchin’ fashions. Acid wash denim,
parachute pants, neon everything, and stirrup pants come to mind easily,
right? There’s one trend that might seem a bit out-of-place amid all
that glitz and those linebacker-padded shoulders – that is, unless you
lived through it.
Overalls were casual and playful, sporty and relaxed. Perhaps not the most
figure-flattering items in our closets, but remember – these were the
days of big shirts and baggy
sweater dresses. Clothing didn’t have
to hug our forms to be cool.
Unconvinced? We’ll start easy. Then, as now, overalls were
acceptable on kids. I love this adorable 1983 picture of little Jess and
her cousin. Those embellished Osh Koshes and matching heart turtleneck
would still totally fly today:
And look how beautiful Demi Moore was in the final scene of 1986’s “About
Last Night” in her baggy overalls:
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking it’s all well and good
for girls to wear overalls, but teenage boys of the eighties wouldn’t be
caught dead in them.
Ohmygod, some dudes LOVED overalls!
Check out this dapper fellow. Now THAT’S how a guy wears overalls, people.
I can’t tell if those are black Reeboks or jazz shoes, but he’s totally
rocking the look. Note the popped collars on layered shirts:
Are you feeling the overalls love now? I totally am. As the icing on your
overalls cake, may I present one of the catchiest songs ever, 1982’s
“Come on Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners? Be patient through the first
images you see in the video, and you’ll be rewarded with stylin’
overalls and bouncy music that will put a bit ol’ 80s smile on your