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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