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A Beginners Guide to Overalls: 7 Anyone Can (and Should) Try

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Overalls. It's a word that strikes both excitement and fear into our hearts. Fond memories of hazy summer days with a popsicle in our hands and dirt between our toes might spring to mind at first, fast forward a couple of decades and it's easy to become flustered with how to translate the childhood staple into an outfit that doesn't require pigtails. We've narrowed it down to three basic styles—the dressall, shortall and overall—giving you both a basic denim option and more adventurous one, then cooked up a couple of fool-proof suggestions on what to wear them with. Ahem: Overall, we think you'll be happy with our round-up below. —Cleo Zancope

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