When Levi’s changed the apparel world forever with the introduction of blue jeans, the garment they created weren’t actually called jeans — they were marketed as waist overalls. It’s no surprise that they eventually came to be known by a shorter, punchier name. Lee, another legendary denim brand, was the first company to hold a patent for overalls as we know them today. Bib overalls are what you imagine when you picture overalls: long pants with a chest portion held in place by suspender-like shoulder straps. While jeans were more quickly established as casualwear, overalls took a little longer to become a trend, and they still retain a strong association with workwear.
A garment that’s a close cousin of the overall is the coverall. Coveralls, as the name suggests, cover everything. Where bib overalls leave the chest and arms free, coveralls zip or button all the way to the collar and include full-length sleeves. Jumpsuits, which take their inspiration from military uniforms (so named because they were literally used for jumping out of planes) can be considered a sub-category of coveralls. These days, jumpsuits for women have evolved so far beyond their military origins that you can find options that more closely resemble eveningwear.
While jumpsuits and overalls as casualwear have practically become closet staples for women, men are less likely to adopt the style casually. But if you’re a guy looking to try out this storied style, there are plenty of options. These range from brands that focus on workwear, like Dickies and Carharrt, to more fashion-focused labels such as Beams Plus and COS.
While workwear overalls have become style items, they’re still great options if you’re wearing them to do actual work. They’re durable, keep your clothes clean, and eliminate the need to constantly pull up sagging pants. The chest pockets help you keep your most tools within reach, too.
From a fashion standpoint, coveralls and overalls are not only great for making a style statement, but they also make getting dressed easier — just add shoes. These are the best overalls and coveralls to buy right now.
1. Dickies Men’s Bib Overall
If you’re looking for the most classic, traditional bib overall, this option from Dickies is the place to start. It’s made from sturdy, 100% cotton denim, and has a relaxed fit with a straight leg that’s great for working in. Sectioned pockets at the chest make it easy to organize your tools, and the hammer loops and waist pockets give you even more storage.
2. Carhartt Men’s Relaxed Fit Duck Bib Overall
BEST WORKING OVERALL
While it’s the traditional choice, denim is far from the only option for overalls. This option from Carharrt is made from the brand’s iconic duck canvas, giving it a more construction site-ready look than the farmer look that denim overalls can convey. The pants have reinforced knees, and the chest has a zip pocket and three open tool pockets. The adjustable elastic suspenders make it easier to find the right fit.
3. Dickies Men’s Long Sleeve Coverall
BEST MECHANIC SUIT
If you prefer more coverage or like the style of boiler suits and jumpsuits, this coverall from Dickies has a snap-button front placket that reaches the collar and long sleeves, providing total coverage for everything but your shoes. The chest has two diagonal zip pockets, and there are two side pockets at the waist. The coverall is made from a poly/cotton blend.
4. Levi’s Men’s Anson Overalls
BEST FASHION OVERALLS
The brand that invented the blue jean is still a great place to look for denim goods, and this set of overalls have a straight fit like your favorite 501s, with the added bonus of a bib with pockets. The traditional dark blue wash will fade nicely as you wear it, while the cotton/elastane blend helps keep you comfortable.
5. ASOS DESIGN Tall Chevron
While many jumpsuits are inspired by laborer or soldier uniforms, this jumpsuit takes its cues from the world of athletics. The zip front, stretchy polyester fabric, and chevron design make it look like a ski suit or tracksuit. The tapered leg and cinch-waist give it a slimmer, more fashion-forward look. If you’re worried that jumpsuits won’t fit on your frame, this is a good option, as it’s part of ASOS’ tall collection.
6. Beams Plus Twill Overalls
Among its many influences, Beams Plus draws from military and workwear designs. That’s why they’ve stayed true to the traditional design of coveralls while adding subtly stylish details. The classic blue color and straight fit nod to workwear, while the included belt and hidden placket make it a stylish option that wouldn’t look out of place at a gallery opening.
7. COS Organic Cotton Linen-Mix Boiler Suit
BEST WARM-WEATHER OPTION
This option from COS takes its cues as much from loungewear and vacation clothing as it does workwear, resulting in a unique (and uniquely stylish) boiler suit. It has a button-up V-neck style that resembles a baseball shirt, and the tie-front belt and tan color add to the relaxed look. It’s made from a breathable blend of cotton, rayon and linen, making it a great option for warm weather.
8. Berne Men’s Deluxe Insulated Coverall
BEST COLD-WEATHER OPTION
This insulated option from Berne is a great option for cold weather. While not as well known as Carharrt or Dickies, Berne has a legacy in workwear that extends over 100 years. It’s a hardwearing option with reinforced knees, zippered chest pockets and a padded interior. It’s available in either brown or black.
9. Carhartt Men’s Waterproof Bib Overalls
BEST RAIN OPTION
If the kind of work you’re doing involves unpleasant weather, then this option from Carharrt is the one to get. Its polyethylene and vinyl Acetate outer helps keep you dry, while the bib overall style allows you to layer a jacket on top. The buckle clips on the suspenders make it easy to take the overalls off.
10. Banana Republic Heritage Flight Jumpsuit
Sizing is limited, but this option from Banana Republic is the perfect combination of style and tradition. The chocolate brown color and slim fit give it a stylish flair, while the patch pockets on the chest and button-front design allude to the style’s workwear origins. It’s made from soft cotton with a touch of spandex for all-day comfort.