Would You Wear Leather Overalls?

Leather overalls in Nasty Gal’s December look book.
Photo: Courtesy of Nasty Gal

Given the skyrocketing trend status of leather and overalls as individual fashion things, we had a feeling, deep at the bottom of our gold-plated hearts, that these mammothly head-turning style elements would soon join forces. Nasty Gal, one of our go-to e-retailers, featured them prominently on Australian model Bambi Northwood-Blythe for their December look book, and while this was the first thing to REALLY get our gears turning on the full-body statement piece, this is definitely not the only, or even the first, instance of this eyebrow-raising style.

Leather overalls on the Spring and Fall 2009 runways.
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The very first pair of leather overalls was probably originated by some innovative 15th century (if not earlier) blacksmith, we don’t know for sure, but we DO know we’ve seen this look on the runways more than a few times in at LEAST the past three years. Proenza Schouler showed a kind of racerback, cinched waist silhouette with slim legs and a centered front zipper down the bib for spring/summer 2009, styling it with a crisp white sleeveless shirt, black sandals, and a ladylike structured bag. The next season, we saw Yves Saint Laurent send its own iteration down the catwalk — this one had a significantly wider bib, paid little to no attention to the waist, and was styled starkly with nothing underneath, legs that seem to blend straight into black boots, and a severe skull-slicked high pony. We’ve ALSO seen leather overalls from Elizabeth and James back in 2010, and more recently, as part of 3.1 Phillip Lim’s 2013 resort collection.

Leather overalls you can cop now.
Photo: Courtesy of Pixie Market/Free People/Dolls Kill/Nasty Gal

The reason we’re talking about them NOW, though, is this: leather overalls are no longer relegated to the token runway think-piece. They’ve made their way into our favorite retailers in different silhouettes and more accessible price points, ready to be consumed by the masses. Pixie Market offers one with a traditional bib but skinny, cropped legs for $124. Free People’s iteration comes in shorts with a slimmer, lower-cut bib (and it’s vegan leather). The Dolls Kill leather overalls barely have a bib and is pleated around the hip for fuller, roomier shorts, while Nasty Gal ditches the bib entirely and goes for a skirt instead of shorts. On one hand, the snowballing ubiquity of these head-turning coveralls is enough to convince you to cop a pair, but on the other, this blog is MORE than enough to talk you back out of it. What do YOU think? Would you wear leather overalls? And just as important, HOW would you wear them? Let us know in the comments below!

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