Overalls have been back for a couple of years now, and they are remaining in the fashion lime light. Have you gotten your pair yet? Well, I finally have. I have been on the search for a long time, in fact. Shopping for the perfect pair of overalls is like shopping for a bathing suit. It's hard! 

It's hard for three main reasons:

  1. Pant length
  2. Perfect butt 
  3. Torso

I have long legs, a long torso and hardly any butt, but these Target flared overalls with a flat front are SO flattering and fun. They are only $29.99, and a great way to try a trend without investing too much. 

When trying on other overalls the torso was often too short causing major camel toe (eeewww) or the butt was too baggy. Not these overalls! 

The wide leg is also a style that long legs can pull off really well. The only problem is figuring out what shoes to wear with them. Skinny jeans give you a pass for the most part on what shoe works. I'm 5'8" so a comfy 1" platform does the trick. 

Shop below for more affordable overalls:

Photos by Rennai Hoefer; this post contains affiliate links


This post is sponsored by Zappos. 

Shopping for the perfect pair of jeans can be feel daunting at times, but when you find the perfect pair you feel like you have won the lottery. Am I right? I've already told you about my obsession with online shoe shopping on Zappos.com in past posts, but here's a case for doing your jean shopping online too. It's fast, free shipping both ways and their 365 day return policy allows me to avoid long dressing room lines while trying on my jeans in the comfort of my home. I also particularly love this way of shopping for jeans because then I can create outfits with my clothes and try my pants on with my shoes to see if it all works together. Besides, you'll have more room for those awkward hops, plie squats and moves to get your jeans on and off and listen to Justin Timberlake while you're at it.

Case in point, my new trooper green, skinny Hudson jeans. I've been on the hunt for a neutral color like this olive green, which also happens to be having a moment in the spotlight of fashion right now, and these jeans with built in stretch are perfection.

Hudson has always been a brand that fits me well. I have very long, thin legs, and after having two babies their mid-rise style with stretch is the a great solution to keep any signs of a muffin top at bay. They are so comfortable, and give you that cool factor that only British brands can do.

If you're scared of wearing color on your bottom half you shouldn't be. In fact, olive green is a less assuming color verses bright red or cobalt blue (I have had those colors too). Some ideas of tops and colors that work well with these pants are: pastel pink, rose gold/copper, ivory; white; brown; camel; navy; chambray; light blue; black; rust; maroon; mustard yellow.

This is a quintessential fall outfit for Arizonans. Fall colors of olive and rust are obvious, but my sleeveless knit tank and a boho element of a long scarf ties it all together for a west coast look that doesn't make you sweat in our 80 degree weather.Be sure to give online jean shopping a whirl, and let me know how it goes!

Photos by Katie Jameson

Menswear Update: The Selvedge Jean Project

It's been a little over three months since I posted about the awesome selvedge Raleigh Denim jeans I purchased. As noted there, one of the keys to getting the most out of raw denim is to wash them as infrequently as possible. Though it sounds gross, some patience and the occasional shot of Febreeze will go a long way.

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Menswear Friday: Just Wear It

Fashion’s a funny thing.  One piece awry, and you’ll look like a fool.  Every piece in place, and you blend in so completely that you’re basically invisible.  There are some items that carry a weight of baggage with them, associations that we’d never intend, and most of us avoid them for fear of bringing that baggage along for the ride.  But some items are just too cool to get hung up on.  Here are a few favorites.  (As great as they are, mixing and matching them is probably a bad idea)

  1. Cardigans.  Yes, Mister Rogers wore one.  And he looked like a stone cold pimp in one, too.  It’s the perfect layering piece, easier to remove than a sweater when the weather changes, and it works particularly well with a button up and a tie.  Buy one instead of a crewneck sweater.
  2. Saddle shoes.  The insult here is that they’re for kids.  But they have two very grown-up things going for them.  First, they’re usually very lightweight, a rarity among dressy shoes.  And they’re two-tone (duh), which gives them more character and pop than plain brown or black ever will.
  3. Cowboy boots.  This applies to the more rugged Justin Roper/Red Wing types and the fancy Lucheses alike; yes, you might look like a cowboy.  But if you’re living in The West, you might as well look the part.  Think of it as community pride.
  4. Bow ties.  Oh boy.  There’s no question that this one is going to make you stand out.  That’s why you skip the whole “whimsical biology teacher” vibe, with the bright colors and patterns, and go with something muted and grown-up.  Think navy, burgundy, and charcoal, not lime green and pink.
  5. Handkerchiefs.  Stop calling them “hankies”, and be a man.  Kleenex is for children and old women, so get something cotton that you can either actually wipe your nose with, or provide the finishing touch to a suit.  Yes, this sounds contradictory, which is why you want cotton, not some overpriced flashy silk pocket square that will make you look like a TV preacher.  The old axiom is “one for show, and one for blow”, so put one in your outer jacket pocket, facing the world, and the other in an inner or pant pocket, for dirty work.
  6. Denim above the waist.  Whether it’s a shirt or a jacket, denim can be a great material, regardless of its “Canadian tuxedo” heritage.  A chambray shirt or denim jacket can be worn with jeans, even, provided that it’s a shade or two different than the jeans themselves.  i.e. raw jeans with a worn-in, faded jacket.

Fashion is all about the confidence to wear something so well that people don’t notice that you’re wearing it.  Each of these items could be part of a great get-up if you keep that in mind.

(Photos found via Selectism.com)

Menswear Monday: Selvedge Denim

No one really blinks at the idea that jeans can be (and are) a luxury item. An entire industry has grown around this concept, from the founding fathers like Seven For All Mankind and Diesel to young upstarts like Naked And Famous. What constitutes a premium jean is a question with a multitude of answers. But for some designers, the best way forward is to look back.

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