There’s a definitive sense of ease and style, when someone proudly wears overalls. Many years ago, wearing a baggy pair of overalls and toting around two young children, had to have some definition of your overall being as mother. There was always a looming sense of a mama wearing them because she was too tired. Or maybe, she was running to her kid’s soccer game? Overalls, even though they lend to those tired and errand days, they’re now worn with much more awareness. They’re often paired with a flouncy blouse to offset their casual sense, and some sort of heel to signify they’re being worn into the evening. Even though I personally bounce around between the flouncy blouse days and heel nights, I often have trouble just wearing them with a pair of kicks.
See, for me, wearing a pair of overalls with sneakers, or dare I say Birks, means you’ve definitely bitten the bullet. You’re wearing them confidently ‘cuz they’re in, but you care zero, or maybe a smidgen, if they’re not styled to perfection. No one has time for that, sort of mood. I get it. What I’ve realized during this tiny adventure of adapting brighter lips (in this case, orange lips) to my, and your, (sometimes) daily routine is this; a little color has the God-like power to pull you out of it! With color, the rut just doesn’t exist, neither does the need to be styled to perfection. Kicks and overalls can be done without feeling like you’ve totally given up.
And lets be honest here, in most of these shots I look as if I was going commando, and for me that worked. The tone of my skin, with my orange lips, felt good. It worked for that warm day. It will work for the hot days, when all you have is a sweaty glow. And what you don’t have is patience for anything else. Paired with a comfortable bando to hide your more personal parts, you’re left with a little are to cool you off and a whole lot of space to move.
Photography by Katherine Rose for LaTonya Yvette