Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Goths in Overalls (No, really)

No, really, overalls. In my journey to expand my wardrobe, I've been poking around various websites looking for what is currently "on trend" in mainstream fashion so that I can be prepared to pounce on them and encorporate them into my wardrobe once they go on sale. While browsing the fatshion tag on Tumblr, I discovered that a peculiar wardrobe piece was currently fairly hot in plus-sized and straight-sized fashion circles. Overalls.

Chances are, when you think of overalls, you either think of farmers, toddlers, or fashionistas trying their best not to look like farmers or toddlers. However, I kind of fell in love with the idea of wearing overalls as a Goth outfit choice. Is such a thing even possible? Let's look.

First up, I put together a TradGoth inspired overalls look. The focal point of the outfit are the striped overalls, but I figured that some tried-and-true Goth staples wouldn't go amiss. To be honest, I also pictured the overalls DIYed a bit to the taste of the wearer, like a band patch stitched to the back pockets or studs on the straps, but those kinds of things aren't easily done in Polyvore.

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Next up I tried to make a Fetish-y kind of look with pleather overalls and fishnets, but then realized that I know nothing about fetish fashion and gave up, instead focusing on a casual Goth look. Again, the focal point is the pleather overalls, but they're also shorter, giving room for knee-high boots in a coordinating material. Because these overalls are low-slung on the chest and anyone with breasts could unwillingly be playing peek-a-boo, I added a bandeau under it. A full-length camisole might also work, otherwise the pleather is going to rub through the fishnets and I don't imagine that would be pleasant.


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In another attempt to pay tribute to a style that I know next-to-nothing about, I did a bit of a Gothabilly pin-up look next. I love this because most of the Gothabilly looks I've seen tend to focus on pencil skirts, which are cute if repetitive. These overalls don't have anything under them because they're in a high-cut, more demure style, but I added a light jacket so that I could add enamel brooches, which also scream vintage to me. 

Gothabilly is something I think I could get into because the pieces that it uses the most, like pencil skirts and black pumps, also translate well to a corpgoth wardrobe, but some of the motifs (sugar skulls, iconic tattoo imagery, anything "kitsch") aren't really my style, and I'm not sure I'm willing to give up my fluffy knee-length skirts just yet.

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This last look is how I, personally, would wear overalls if I got my paws on any. I'd definitely try to femme them up with lace, high heels, and lots of pretty jewelry. I would also probably wear my corset because while long overalls are lovely, they do tend to be kind of baggy around the waist area, which I want to avoid.

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The overalls that I find most often tend to have really trendy details like the super long pockets in the above example, or really baggy legs, or fronts that come down below the bust line, so you have to really go on the hunt to find one that is a flattering cut. They also tend to be really expensive, the pair I currently have my eyes on are $70+. Yikes. Hopefully the trend will be short lived enough that everyone drops them off at Goodwill and they go on major sale at the retailers. 

Do you think you could ever wear overalls, or have you in the past? 

24 comments:

  1. Yep, as a matter of fact, I wear mine quite often. Aside from clubs, coffee shops, and a few dated beat-nick book stores, some Goths(like me) actually wear "real-everyday clothing" -including overalls. Oh, and most Gothic Hillbillys, just call themselves Hillbillys. Nice to see you cleaned up your site a tad, and even stopped by! Nice post.

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  2. Oh my, I love those striped ones. I saw those and instantly thought Beetlejuice! I'm all over that!

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    1. Black velvet ones seem absolutely perfect...someone needs to get on that.

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  4. My first thought was "Overalls??? Ummmm... Oh-KAAAYYY..." But I have to admit that I actually like the fetish-inspired outfit, although I'd definitely wear shorter boots to show off those AWESOME boney socks!

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  5. Hmm, I don't think long overalls are for me, but I quite like the idea of short ones! Rather like a playsuit, I suppose. Good luck in your overall quest!

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  6. I totally want to wear the first two looks!
    If I ever see an overall again I wont frown up over it. :)

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    1. Good to hear, on both accounts. :)

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  7. I've actually been wanting to try some overalls recently; the amrkets at my Uni have a huge independent overall stand but I haven't found any in black yet. :/

    I think a shorter pair would be awesome in the summer with some thigh-high socks, fishnets, docs and a leather jacket or so.

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    1. Unfortunately a lot of the ones I find are in basic denim as well, which makes sense, however saddening.

      I think you have higher tolerance for heat than I do if you're going to wear a leather jacket in the summer. ;)

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  8. Oh shit, I was also suppose to mention that I tagged you in a blogger challenge!

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  9. Wow great post! I am absolutely in love with how you put wardrobes together; they're always so fantastic & fabulous (& leave me wanting every outfit in my closet! XD) Good job! I think you can definitely work overalls into a Goth wardrobe if done w/ taste & you've certainly proved that :)

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  10. I wore overalls in the 90s, I loved them then and I think that's why you are seeing them at the moment. Oh the 90s. ;)

    I love the way you styled everything here, excellent!

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    1. That makes sense! I wore overalls in the 90's too but then again I was all of 0-6 years old so I figured it was a kids thing.

      Thank you!

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  11. I like the casual Goth look with the fishnets. I haven't worn overalls or shortalls since I was wee. I'm not sure it would be the best fashion choice for my figure, but hey, I'm open to possibilities. Let us know if you spot some cute ones on eBay!

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  12. I don' t like baggy jeans overalls at all, but I love the dressier ones like those above. I want them all! The one piece I own is silk, sleeveless, with long pants, emerald green and tightens at the waist.

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  13. The shoes in the very last photo, what brand are they!? Love.

    As for Overalls, the second pair I like, I'm not so sure I could wear the full length ones without feeling completely idiotic. Maybe if I found some that fit just right (weren't baggy) and were the perfect color... mayyybe I'd make an exception.

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  14. I got some great fisherman style organic overalls from a store on Etsy that I do love. They're made from a brushed cotton, so they are surprisingly dressy. I usually pair them with a ruffled blouse and heels.

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  15. When I was a kid, I used to have one pair of overalls that I was really fond of. I never got another one once I grew out of them though and I actually hadn't thought about them until I saw this post. I do think they could be cute in some outfits, but I don't think it's really something for me, because I'd probably have to build a new wardrobe around the overalls and I tend to avoid buying pieces that force me to buy even more, just so I can wear them xD

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  16. Thanks to nu-goths and pastel goths, no matter what your opinion is on them...they did certainly open up very practical and fun silhouettes again. I LOVE things that look "purposeful" but are still practical. Wearing just jeans all the time is pretty lame...same with plain shorts, but shorts that go up as high as a corset skirt to right under the bust? pumpkin short overalls? rompers? suspender skirts? that's a great way to beat the heat or be more practical (or both at the same time) without having to compromise being super fabulous.

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