Coveralls are having a moment. Long the staple of mechanics and sanitation workers, jumpsuits have popped up on the runways of influential designers like Patrik Ervell and WilliamOkpo. In Opening Ceremony’s big design debut for French fashion house Kenzo, Chloe Sevigny modeled a beautiful blue one piece. But even with all this high fashion interest, nobody does it better than Dickies, who’ve been perfecting the coverall for decades and are the brand of choice for actual mechanics and sanitation workers. Our own Alex and Deidre took a his-and-hers approach to interpreting this classic piece in our own way:
For what could’ve been a boxy fashion faux pas, the Dickies women’s coverall is actually neatly tailored and doesn’t hide a lady’s curves under yards of stiff cotton. To dress my coveralls up, I decided to take the ever-reliable Annie Hall route—layer a sleek black turtle neck underneath, cuff the leg over my mid-heel boot and top with a round felt hat. The result: grown up tomboy meets neurotic Manhattanite.
The most important trick to wearing coveralls is to keep it simple—they’re a stand-alone statement piece, so you don’t have to do too much. I kept the color palate fairly mundane, pairing my jumpsuit with other timeless items, brown Doc Martens and a plaid jacket. It’s comfortable as hell, maybe the closest a guy can get to the easy wearability of a women’s dress.