The Coverall

The Coverall

Ahh the coverall. I'll be honest, this is one of my most favourite pieces to wear. It takes no effort what so ever to throw on and the biggest debate I have is which shoes to wear with it. Like the good ol' days when I was in the thick of the Northern Irish country side, I wore the practical, and perhaps less stylish John Deere boiler suit (debatable on the less stylish part, I still like to throw that baby on when I'm home) this is a piece that will never date. 

The one I have is vintage USN coverall from the early 1940's. Made in herringbone cotton with beautiful stamped metal buttons. It is a small men's size, and is quite wide on the top half and leg. Personally, I'm more keen on this relaxed look over a fitted, 'fashion' suit. I pull it in at the waist with the belt which helps give a slightly more feminine shape.

These are popping up in vintage stores all over at the moment. I've had this one for a few years now, but there are plenty of places to grab a similar one. 

I tend to team mine with a number of different accessories depending on my mood. 

Shoe wise, if I am dressing it up slightly I will go for a Grenson Brogue or for a really casual look a 1970's Converse High Top or Birkenstock sandals. 

My staple is a neck tie. I like to throw caution to the wind and ignore the old 'red and green should never be seen' and pop on a washed out red  neckerchief. I think this gives a little feminine touch, especially if the suit is quite oversized. 

I have a great scarf come shawl that I bought years ago from Zara. If it's a bit chilly out I will throw that over too. 

Such an easy look to pull off and because it's so simple there are always good ways to add your own touch to it. Wear a stripe breton top underneath with the suit pulled down and tied at the waist to give a mechanics vibe.

Just don't be surprised if people ask you when the MOT is due. (Speaking from experience.) 

Take a look below at some coveralls I've recently come across.

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