These Are Legitimately For Sale and I’m Not Happy About It

Once upon a time, Drew Wiechnicki told me he was going to bring sexy back with overalls. Well, it looks like the women’s department at Target beat you to it Drew, because I found these hanging on the rack there yesterday. Oh. The. Horror.

There once was a time when I thought overalls were cool. Wait, let me clarify. There once was a time I thought corduroy short overalls were cool. And you know what? Looking back on it, it was a bad idea. So here’s a warning to all you ladies out there looking at this rack of future bad choices: don’t do it. You will so regret it 10 years from now.

These overalls are not flattering. Add to that, they have patches and tears. Why would someone who patches up their pants in some places leave tears in others? It just doesn’t make any sense. Theo Huxtable is rolling over in his TV character grave.

Target, you are my favorite store. Please do something about this. Get rid of the ugly. Now, those Funky Monkey feetie pajamas? I could use more of that in my life.


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91 responses to “These Are Legitimately For Sale and I’m Not Happy About It

  1. Mo

    FYI — The October cover of Rachael Ray magazine has her wearing overalls that she added a BELT to. So stylish.

    • Rick Schroder

      Overalls rock. Every girl need a cool pair. Not so hip on the Target ones but go on line and check out the ones at Victoria’s Secret. Super sexy!

  2. Oh my. I remember this style from 16 years ago. I was little, but wore it. I may be a rancher’s wife, but it is not happening.

    • I’m surprised country wife, as a Farmer you wouldn’t catch me without my trusty plastic overalls at the wash-station… And maybe I sport jean overalls in the field….. Say no to crack πŸ˜‰

      • jbrower76

        hey, i appreciate the crack part – i could stand to see a lot less of it. it was in my livingroom measuring carpet yesterday. anyhow, i have pics of sisters into duran duran and overalls (white ones, no less, with short legs) with one strap on and one swinging around dangerously… and of course, a fedora. How can we possibly top that??? lol

  3. Oh no. I remember wearing these awhile back. Do these have snap crotches? One trend better left in the dustbin of fashion history.

  4. Haha, could’ve seen this coming a mile away. Last year they brought the 80’s back with leggings and crazy big sunglasses. It’s only natural that this year would be the 90’s. It started with flannel shirts… the overalls were destined to follow. I’ll really start freaking out if I see someone wearing them with ONE STRAP UNBUCKLED! πŸ™‚

    • Ha, glad it wasn’t just my town where we wore them with the one strap undone (and flipped back, of course). The flannels I will gladly do again… but only if I can get Doc Martens to go with them! πŸ˜‰

  5. girlonthecontrary

    I promise you that Kate Hudson or Rachel Bilson will be wearing a more expensive version of overalls in like 2 weeks and then Target will sell out of these overalls in like 2 hours. Flattering or not. Also, tears and patches????! If there is one thing I need in my clothing it’s consistency. Great post!!!

  6. oh man, good thing i saved my mint-green overall shorts from high school.

    that’s completely sarcastic by the way. πŸ˜‰

  7. …You know….I have never actually seen a person wearing them in public? I guess they just didn’t push through in my country. πŸ˜€ But I’m sure in a few years we will be able to share the same luck. To think … I now know what the future holds for us. Overalls. *facepalm*

  8. Nicole Johnston (Brosseau)

    Oh no. I used to rock these with the thickest sole of a doc martin sandal. YOu know what I am talking about.

  9. I think overalls fall into the jumpsuit category, which I hate. We are not 2 years old, and in my head that’s the cutoff age for overalls and jumpsuits. πŸ™‚

  10. Audrey Marie

    Kel, I appreciate the Theo Huxtable reference. I nearly cried with delight. Agreed. These are a def miss for Target.

  11. I’ve never been able to carry off the overalls as chic look and don’t know many (if any!) who can. Shame on you Target!!

  12. C.

    “There once was a time I thought corduroy short overalls were cool.”

    But you were like, 9 in 1993. You can’t be blamed for that.

  13. Denny

    ULGICO = You looked great in corduroy overalls – and could play hoops in them too !

  14. Katie

    Hahahahahahahahahaha amazing.
    I loved short overalls, and I’m not against wearing them again in the future…with Tevas. Comfort and class!

  15. Okay.. maybe.. MAYBE if I was working on a farm and ranch and was going for comfort, durability and in the cool mornings, warmth.. BUT for STYLE?! NO WAY!!!! Nope,.. This crazy lady is not THAT CRAZY!!!

  16. Some of the hard lessons in life you just have to learn on your own. But, if you’re lucky, no one will have taken a picture. (This thought is kindly devoted to everyone who is wearing tapered/skinny jeans. Haven’t you heard women lamenting this choice for the last several decades?)


  17. Jule1

    Overalls were unflattering the first time around. No one looks good or sexy in them. At least with most ridiculous fashions, some small segment of the population can pull it off. Not so with overalls. Woe to the young woman who spots them and thinks, “These are cute, I’m gonna buy them!” But even more woe to the older woman who thinks, “I loved these the last time around, let’s do it again.” No, no, NO! I beg you, don’t do it! You will NOT look good.

  18. bradenbost

    Ten years ago I was working in a department store and they started putting out pre-tattered jeans, and pre-“paint-covered” jeans. I laughed at them and thought, “those won’t be popular at all–no one is that stupid. They’ll be off the racks in six months, tops.” Well . . . I was right about the paint-covered ones, but these days I find that if I want to find a pair of jeans that fit right (read: don’t require me to choose between a crotch between my knees and covering my belly button with my belt), I have to buy them pre-tattered. Sigh . . . Oh, and on the overalls, I’m with you–leave them in the late 90’s. But they won’t be.

  19. May I go cry in a corner now? This makes me very sad.

    On the bright side, I need those pyjamas.

    ❀ Milieu

  20. We wore them in summer camp with a “boob tube”.
    Can’t believe I remember that.

    The look that flatters no one!

  21. i worked at abercrombie in the early 00s during the peak of their popularity. they had overalls on the racks then. i was surprised.

  22. Drewphus

    This is fantastic news.

  23. well…I know from experience that you can’t get through airport security wearing these. They set off the metal detectors. Sadly (and embarrassed) I miss my overalls for comfort. Stopped wearing them when I had babies. I was always afraid that I would hurt them when I had them on my shoulder. I guess they are best left in the past.

  24. are they also selling straw hats and corn cob pipes πŸ˜‰

  25. Yuck, these are worse then the ones I wore as a kid.

  26. lol, I remember wearing Osh Kosh B’gosh overalls. I agree, overalls are just a terrible fashion comeback. All the more reason why I don’t follow fashion trends.

    Congrats on FP!

  27. Ok, I will say I do still have a pair of Gap overalls, but they stay in my closet until I go play in the snow w/my kids! EEEK! Oh, yeah, I almost forgot, I saw at my local WalMart yesterday ACID WASHED jeans. Oh heaven help us, what’s next, shoulder pads and big hair? blech.

  28. I dunno. I have a pair of moss-green short cargo overalls, but they’re about 10 sizes too big for me now, so I couldn’t wear them anyway. Maybe that’s a good thing.

  29. You complain about fashion mistakes and shop for clothes at Target? πŸ˜‰

  30. Liv

    ohhhh nooo. Please no?

  31. Ew. Ew. Ew. Overalls should just not be allowed, unless you’re like a farmer and they’re plastic and they never leave the barn.

  32. How are you okay with children’s PJ’s, but you’re getting your panties in a bunch over overalls?

    Sorry, but I have better things to do than lay around in children’s PJ’s filing my perfect nails.

    How about actually doing a decent day’s physical labor before you bitch about “fashion?” Your high heels and perfect hair wouldn’t last a day, Missy.

  33. Sam

    Holy jeez, that’s a lot of comments. I guess overalls are a very provocative topic. You really hit a chord here, Kel. I rocked Gap denim overalls and/or overall shorts for most of 6th and 7th grade, usually with a short-sleeved mock turtleneck underneath. It was awesome. I never had corduroy ones though, so you’ve got me beat there.

  34. Overalls were cool when I was in primary school!!! Now looking back on pictures, they are the most obscene, uncool things I could have ever worn!!!

  35. Ok, I will say I do still have a pair of Gap overalls, but they stay in my closet until I go play in the snow w/my kids! EEEK! Oh, yeah, I almost forgot, I saw at my local WalMart yesterday ACID WASHED jeans. Oh heaven help us, what’s next, shoulder pads and big hair? blech.

  36. mountainofbooks

    So wrong. So very wrong.

  37. Ha. I had a pair of these. In 6th grade. When they were “in.” And then last weekend, I saw a woman wearing them downtown… They were quite flattering for her… If, say, she *intended* to show off a beerbelly…

  38. This is beyond the pale. Thank you thank you thank you for posting on this. I saw these very same overalls this weekend and I could hear the record needle scratch off track. Listen to us Target! This is the last straw.
    When I heard that Target supported the governor campaign of Tom Emmers, an anti-LGBTQ right wing nut, I thought: “That’s okay. Everybody is allowed their opinion, and every company is allowed to throw 150,ooo dollars at a candidate who is against women’s choice, is for reducing minimum wage, is against the freedom of my gay friends to get married, and supports pharmacy employees choosing to refuse you contraception.”
    That was cool. But this, Target…has gone too far!

  39. Villa Ylle

    Still have & use my overalls from 20 years ago…(unpatched) & I just love them! I actually get compliments from men ! πŸ˜€
    Oh the nostalgia & practicality-it’s all about how you wear & combine- even a garbagebag can look stylish if it’s worn & combined right… ( & there’s nothing wrong with looking like a farmer :-D)


  40. Do rah, do rah, do rah, do rah, rah……. come on Eileen, come on Eileen.

    You probably need to be British to understand, but who didn’t make the same mistake in the eighties.

  41. I’ll have you know that my pink and white Hello Kitty one was soooooo totally in when i was 6 years old and i never regretted it πŸ˜›

  42. Overalls are all over Paris right now too! I couldn’t believe it when I walked into a Monoprix and there were various pairs, all ripped and torn, for exorbitant prices.

    Great post- it made me laugh!

  43. These were in when I was in early high school, I remember, and when I saw them at Target last weekend I was pretty unhappy. They were a bad idea then, and they’re a bad idea now.


    muy buenas… me encanta lo que dices a cerca de ti.. y de los nomadas..
    a mis 26 aΓ±os tampoco me siento en mi casa como mi hogar.. siento que necesito irme de aqui.. buscar mi camino…
    no se si algun dia lo encontrare o sere alguien mas.. q simplemente se acomoda de cualquier modo y me canso de esperar sentirme diferente..
    Un saludo besos

  45. I would call them “Migrant Farmer Chic.” They’ll be on Project Runway this week- just you wait.

  46. I’ll let my daughter wear ripped jeans…when she’s shoveling horse turds. My husband wears ripped jeans ’cause right now we can’t afford Carharts.
    Otherwise, it’s an insult to homeless people.

  47. I posted about this same exact thing a month or so ago when I walked into American Eagle and saw overalls hanging on a rack there!

    Overalls were never good, and will never be good. Except on little boys, then they are sort of cute. πŸ™‚

  48. Now wait a minute…I wear overalls, my son wears overalls and we both wear flannels…

    They’re great for working in the yard, on the house, around the house…

    Don’t have to wear suspenders to keep the pants up and don’t have to keep hiking them up every five minutes.

    if you wear a belt with them to hang tools and stuff off them, who cares what you look like when you’re at home?

    You don’t have to wear them out anywhere except to a Tractor Supply or Home Depot or Lowes or the local Ace Hardware or something like that.

    Who cares what you look like in those places, it’s not like you’re going there to pick up chicks/dudes or anything.

  49. Sunflowerdiva

    I used to wear overalls when I was a little kid, but that’s the only time I’ve ever worn them. And ever will.

  50. Half of me is appalled. The other half wants a pair.

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  52. This may be 90s nostalgia finally rearing its ugly head. I was at Target over the weekend and saw (for the first time in at least twelve years) platform high heels that looked just like what girls wore in high school. They didn’t have the same heel shape, but the soles were. Farther down the aisle were black patent leather boots with elastic laces and on and on…consequently I’m not surprised about overalls back on the shelves.

  53. I thought overalls were cute on kids. Wait I still think they are cute on kids and that’s it.

  54. I think the only way overalls are ever cool is if they’re worn by Heidi on Tool Time without anything else underneath.
    I, fortunately/unfortunately, could never pull off that look.

  55. Oh, my gawd! I was so over overalls in 1984 after I wore them pregnant and could be comfortable and sadly, in style!

  56. These were HOT when I was in highschool during the early, EARLY ’90s. But hey…. that was almost 20 years ago…. the thought of wearing overalls today tickles my gag reflex. Gruesome. Just Gruesome.

  57. Knockers

    I couldn’t agree more, I can’t understand how the “sloppy” look has become the new ‘cool’.

  58. When Clinton and Stacy ragged on the garment, week after week, I finally got rid of mine. They do not look good even with a tight tee-shirt. But they were great when I worked in the garden.

  59. Hmmm… feel a little guilty that my gut reaction was, damn those look comfie! haha πŸ™‚ This is also coming from someone that is in heels and slacks at work right now, sick as a dog, and all I want to is to be on my couch in my Snuggie. I’m definitely craving comfort.

  60. Gil

    I have got no problems with overalls. They look awesome and are the business… on children.

  61. Inheritance Advice

    I am at a loss as to why anyone would go into a shop and pay money for stuff that looks like it was part of a load consigned to a charity shop.

  62. I wore the “A. Smile” overalls in the early ’80s in middle school. Overalls are not flattering to most women’s body types, and they are rather impractical for us ladies…very bad if you have to hurry to the restroom as they are difficult to remove and parts of them dip into the toilet. No, thank you!

  63. Back in the day when my boobs didn’t just hang there like empty wallets, the fashion was a tube top under verrrry worn denim overalls. I mean, that was MY fashion, screw everybody else.

    Now it’s all so sad. And the price you pay when you know the tears and the patches were put there by child slave laborers in China? Please.

  64. lindseyr1980

    OMG!!! I had this same fright a couple months ago when I saw them hanging in THE GAP! The only people who should sport overalls of any sort art painters, train conductors, and children. I am, however, enjoying the new spin on flannel and plaid that has also resurfaced from the 90s grunge era

  65. Great man clothes. Woman clothes?? I dunno about that…

  66. Ok, with all the makeover shows, they would scream if they saw these overalls. They are whispering to me, “hey, you don’t care how you look, put me on!” NOT!

  67. Clinton

    Now I need to find my Member’s Only jacket…

  68. i will not buy, but selling them looks fine to me. and target is not the one who should be blamed, the buyers maybe. maybe you can open a poll on this or something. haha have fun.

  69. Lynda

    I thought the same way when Abercrombie & Fitch were selling jeans like that and worse for a huge amount of money. Sometimes jeans like this in stores don’t even look like they have been washed. They look like they were pulled out of Goodwill and Salvation Army, or worse.

    I have an idea, they make fire proof insulation out of blue jeans; that would be a better use for them.

  70. Why do so many fashion don’t keep becoming do’s…

  71. Maybe these are part of the holloween costumes…

  72. sayitinasong

    Overalls only look good on you if you are doing physical labor (and I can see the benefit of wearing those…) or if you are an impossibly tall and thin supermodel- on whom ANYTHING will look good…lol….

  73. Brilliant. Last time I wore overalls, I was about 5 and my mum was going through a phase of dressing me like a circus child. Scarred for life. x

  74. i love it awsome page of a blog!!!

  75. Krista

    Kel – Remember my orange shorts overalls with the sunflower, that matched the blossom-esque orange hat with another sunflower? Or the matching denim shorts overalls Christine & I had that had a band of fluorescent daisies across the top? Yeah. Take that target… don’t even try to keep up with my style. You know who else rolled over in their acting grave? Lauryn Hill circa Sister Act 2.

  76. Ugh, I know, American Eagle’s got them too. Epic fail. shenanigans.

  77. I am so embarrassed, but I have to say I had one od those when I was 14!
    At that time it was pretty cool, and I guess I was addicted to fashion crimes. Thank God and put myself together and, I promise you, on my blog you will find only interesting things. I promise!
    Thanks for this post.

  78. chichichic

    this made me chuckle. hahaha, when I was in high school, all the cool girls wore these overalls. i guess i wasn’t cool.

  79. How lovely. Delete the comments that disagree with you. I call censorship and a massive Elitist ego.

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