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.
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.
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.
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.
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?