The first overalls were assembled in the 1700’s as a preventive measure for stains. Loose fitting and made of tough fabric (not denim) they became a symbol of the working class. Around 1850 they were customized by colors- white for painters, blue for farmers and pinstripe for railroad workers. It was about this time that denim was introduced. Women didn’t start wearing them until the early 1900’s.
Details- vintage photo from Life Magazine, 1944 (upper left), g-star raw overalls (middle), Ralph Lauren overalls (top right and lower left), striped overalls by Citizens of Humanity (bottom right).
(Top photo- Alasdair McLellan for UK Vogue)
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