Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Farm Girls, Farm Wives, and Farm Overalls


Overalls have been around since the 1700s. They have clothed American men at work and at play. But, until the early 20th century, it wasn't as acceptable for women to "dress like men."

That all changed with the Women's Movement. The tabu of women wearing pants was lifted, and the door was opened for overalls to become an addition in women's closets, especially for work in the factories and farm fields.



Mail-order versions of "overalls for women" were often more feminine than the mens.  But, for those women not interested in making a fashion statement, I'm sure they put on their husband's pair and met him out in the field.


 By the 1920s-30s, overalls were standard wear for the entire farm family.




Fast forward to the 21st century and you'll still find women--and girls--in overalls. . .

Carhartt Overalls

Personally, I like dressing in overalls. . .
As long as I don't look like another guy. . .


Overalls can be rather bland without some fashion additions. I like having fun with them.  A polka-dot blouse--a bee on the shoulder--isn't it cute?--a vintage doily pinned with a blue enameled flower----a silk scarf for a belt--multicolored bracelets--

Aunt Mamie's garden hat with a rose clip-on addition--and--a vintage hanky sticking out of the pocket--


all for FUN. . .


I think it separates me from the men, don't you?
And, at the same time, I'm carrying on a tradition that started over 100 years ago. . . 

Do you have any overall stories?
How do you wear them?
Share it with us and post a comment. . .
We'd all like to hear from you. . .

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