I am pretty tall (5’9 1/2), and black. Recently I really have gotten into Korean style clothing and I saw they use suspenders and overalls which I thought was really cute. I wanted to try that style but I’m not really sure what to wear with them, could you please help me?
Love your blog <3 Cheers!
Amari , 18/Maryland, USA
Guys, STAHP! I have melted into a gooey puddle, thanks to your barrage of kind words! I am truly happy to help in small ways so that you all can be more confident in your own bodies.
So you noticed that overalls are back, Amari! Shows you have a nicely trained eye for trends right there. Overalls – or jumper dresses/skirts/pants as I call them (not to be confused with the term “jumpers” or sweaters by our British brethren) – have certainly gone up the style food chain. I think overalls are cute and can be worn at any age. Plus, the updated jumpers now also come in varied silhouettes and lengths, making them even more versatile and stylish! So who says overalls are just for country mice, eh?
Just to give you more options, I will include jumper dresses in this post, okay?
Do You Want a Mini, Midi or Maxi?
As I mentioned, today’s overalls are available in different lengths, making them really easy to style according to your mood or personality. Because you are gorgeously tall, Amari, I’m pretty confident you can rock all lengths. Even if you choose to wear full-length overalls, you can still make it look relaxed and chic by simply folding up the cuffs.
Don’t forget that fabric is always a factor, too! Since it’s already nearly summer (hopefully the seasons are behaving normally where you are), try to find jumper pants, shorts and skirts in lightweight fabrics such as cotton, linen or even cotton blends. Since you have to wear a base layer underneath those, the wrong choice of fabric might make you uncomfortable.
The Cut is Your Cue
Some jumper dresses have a low-cut, U-shape or rounded neckline, others a conventional square-shape one typical on classic overalls, and some have scoopnecks. A low-cut neckline emphasizes an average to busty figure so if you’re shy about showing those off, choose a higher cut. A square or scoop neckline works well with classic crewneck T-shirts as well as button-down shirts. A red check shirt with a black jumper dress is a great modern take on the usual denim-and-plaid combo.
The height of the waistline also needs consideration. If you’re a high-waisted person, that means you have a longer lower half, and vice versa. Since you’re naturally tall, Amari, this is definitely something you should look at more carefully. If the waistline hits at the wrong area, it might make you look disproportionate. On the other hand, if you want to achieve a visually balanced body, then you can also use the same trick to make it look like you’re well-proportioned on top and below.
Cover All the Bases
Your top is the base layer that goes with your jumper skirt/dress/pants/shorts. It can be as simple as a tank top or T-shirt, or something more of a statement like voluminous puff sleeves, crop tops, bandeaus or illusion tops. Of course, it all depends on what you’re doing and where you’ll be for the day. A flowing, ankle-length jumper dress or one with a wide-leg silhouette makes a great alternative piece for an event that requires smart-casual attire. You can wear a blouse with frilly or ruffled poet sleeves and finish the look with pointy heels, which will really elevate you above the crowd.
Bandeaus, crop tops and illusion tops (those with see-through insets) are definitely more daring and from a practical point of view, certainly more airy. These pieces are music-festival favorites because they can make an eye-catching statement.
And this is where suspenders (a.k.a. braces for those who speak the Queen’s English) come in. Suspenders are versatile in the sense that you can clip them onto a pair of pants or jeans, a skirt or a shirt, and voila – instant flair! However, I prefer them best in a menswear-inspired preppy style, albeit with a twist. A bell-sleeved blouse tucked into slim-fit, ankle-length pants, and all put together with a pair of bright red suspenders. Finish with oxfords pumps or flats or with penny loafers plus a sleek satchel, and boy, oh boy!
Then again, feel free to clip them onto a cute, flowing ballerina skirt and team with a simple scoopneck top or blouse, and you’ve just upped the boho vibe on your look! Good luck!
P.S. If you’re sending a question, please don’t forget to include any helpful information about your body type or shape, your tastes or personality. You can include a selfie (link only please) or a photo of your clothes (which I will never publish without pre-approval). Thank you!