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OVERALLS

Liz
No outfit says you're not afraid to get down and dirty better than a pair of overalls. Tough, functional, and sturdy, they've been the working man's uniform for the better part of the last century. With the popularity of vintage american work clothes on the rise, it makes sense that new versions of classic overalls are popping up in the fashion world. Here's some of my favorite images, old and new.

Lady railroad workers in the lunchroom. Photo by Jack Delano, Iowa, 1943.
Women in overalls. Photo from Special Collections, UC Riverside.
Model in overalls from Life magazine. Photos by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1944.
Women sewing denim overalls in the Lee Work Clothes factory. Photo © Minnesota Historical Society/CORBIS.Women welders on the way to work at the Todd Erie Basin drydock . Photo for the Office of War Information, 1943.Lady railroad workers. Photo by J.E. Stimson.Fast forward...supermodels in uniform. Photo by Peter Lindberg for Vogue, September 1991.YSL Fall09. Plain front leather overalls. Kind of looks like a fly-fishing outfit or something you would wear when gutting fish on the deck of a boat. Either way, I quite like them for their strange mix of sexy-yet utilitarian.Christy Turlington for YSL.Chloe in some leatheralls...this photo was tagged "oh honey no." I say, you go girl. Love to you, overalls.