Everything You Need to Know About Overalls + Short Overalls Trend

January 22, 2022
Mens overall shorts trend
Take note of the mens overall trend.

Looking at the latest arrivals at a trendy boutique, it appears that overalls are fashionably making a comeback. Overalls, whether in their original form or as modified shortalls, are beginning to see a resurgence in popularity among men.

Overalls are a classic workwear item that dates back to the early 1900s when America was still in the process of building itself. Over time, they evolved into an everyday staple and a fashion statement both on and off the runway. Clothing companies that you admire produce overalls that are fashionable and functional.

Continue reading for more information on the overall shorts trend.

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Justin Bieber performs at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards. A fan of overalls, Bieber sports workwear-inspired overalls over a black hoodie. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni / Alamy Stock Photo

Overalls Make a Comeback

It’s the ideal time to stock up on clothing that will bring back fond memories of the ’90s. You can even see the look on celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Chris Pine, and Chance the Rapper. The style is available again at retailers, but will you be willing to bite the bullet?

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Available in various colors, overalls with indigo, black, or green finish are not for the faint of heart, but when layered with other essentials from your wardrobe such as flannels and leather, they could be the piece of clothing that elevates your style to the next level.

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Austrian workers wear overalls at iron mines in Minnesota 1911. Photo Credit: Washburn, F.L., Agricultural Experiment Station, Anthony Park, MN., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

A Brief History of Overalls

Overalls were initially produced for the first time in the 1900s by Levi Strauss and Jacob W. Davis of Levi Strauss & Co. Originally, they were used as protective clothing in the construction industry. While in America during the Great Depression and the 1930s, overalls were popular among the poorer classes and considered workers’ apparel.

The use of overalls is widespread among people who work in industries that require long-lasting clothing. Take a step forward to the present day, and overalls are a modern garment that is considered fashion-forward due to their scarcity in the general public. If you’re looking to turn heads and create a daring fashion style, you can swap out your standard jeans for denim overalls.

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Give your denim overalls and bib pocket a fresh look with ASOS’ modern short overalls. The denim overalls fit great and are easy to throw on with a pair of sneakers. Photo Credit: ASOS

Denim Overalls or Shortalls for a Stylish Casual Look

Who knew that overalls could be so edgy? Overalls are often associated with the appearance of ‘farming’ and construction workers, but you can wear them to make a fashion statement and a functional statement. You can wear overalls with everything from Vans sneakers to a t shirt or shirt underneath.

Many well-known manufacturers are now introducing modern versions of overalls that appear ready to walk down the runway. From traditional denim overalls to overall shorts for men, there are a variety runway ready styles available.

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For fashion, not all trends require an out-of-the-box look. Here, ASOS pays tribute to the heritage of denim overalls with a classic fit. Workwear inspirations come together with a loose, baggy fit for a casual ensemble. An oversized t-shirt pairs nicely with overalls, while a flannel shirt is tied at the waist. Photo Credit: ASOS

How to Style Trendy Urban Overall Looks

While the modern urban look is casual compared to street attire, it goes the extra mile by including something more fashionable to wear. Relaxed pieces appropriate for an updated look are reminiscent of Coachella meets thrift shops meets the runway. 

When you’re wearing overalls, you can let them stand out on their own or add to your overall look. Perhaps you’d like to wear a striped t shirt with a pair of Converse sneakers. If you want to stand out from the crowd, try something different like shortalls with a sweater or tank top on top.

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