Bib Overalls

Key: "The Aristocrat of Overalls"

Bib overalls are usually made of denim or heavy cotton duck cloth with riveted pockets.  They are characterized as trousers with a bib front which is fastened to the wearer by braces which go over the back and shoulders.

The term “overalls” first appeared in the 18th century and was defined as “worn outside the normal trousers to protect them.”  Traditionally, overalls were worn with red union suits, long underwear or flannel shirts in colder weather and with a t-shirt or shirtless in warm temperatures.  Today, bib overalls continue to be used as a worker’s garment, but are equally worn as an item of fashion.

The Americans were the first to use overalls as part of a military uniform during the American Revolution.  One of the first uses of the term “overalls” was in the uniform

regulations of the American militia, whereas linen would be used for summer and wool for winter.  Levi Strauss & Co. began producing denim overalls in the late-19th century, which was the predecessor to modern-day Levi’s jeans.

In the 20th century, mechanics, miners, farmers, painters, railroad workers, tradesmen, and even women and children began to wear bib overalls.  During that time, overalls came to be most commonly associated with rural men and boys in the American Midwest and South.

Bib Overalls: Timeless American Work Wear

Since the 1960s, overalls have been modernized by making them in different patterns and colors and are worn today by all sexes and ages.  One of the earliest hip-hop styles of the 1980s was traditional or modern overalls worn with one of the straps unfastened.

Bib overalls are super comfortable, whether worn at play or at work and are always a classic item of American clothing.  Famous American brands include Liberty, with its patented bib, Carhartt, Pointer, Round House, Red Kap, Osh Kosh, Big Smith, Walls,  Big Mac by JC Penney, Roebucks by Sears and Key “The Aristocrat of Overalls,” just to name a few.

Hängsel- eller Snickarbyxor

Bib overalls (hängsel- eller snickarbyxor) görs i regel av denim eller kraftigt “cotton duck” tyg med nitade fickor. Byxorna är hängselbyxor som hakas fast

Carhartt Cotton Duck Overalls

med spännen över axlarna.

Termen “overalls” (hängselbyxor) började användas på 1700-talet och definierades som byxor som” bars utanpå normala byxor för att skydda dem.” När det var kallt bars amerikanska hängselbyxor med röda underställ, långa underkläder eller flanellskjortor. I varmare väder bars de med eller utan en t-shirt. Idag används hängselbyxor som arbetskläder men också som modeplagg.

Amerikaner var först med att anvanda hängselbyxor som en del av den militära uniformen under amerikanska

revolutionen. En av de tidigaste källorna för begreppet “overalls“ kommer från uniformsreglamentet för den amerikanskamilisen, med linne använt som tyg i byxorna under sommaren och ylle på vintern. Levi Strauss & Co. började tillverka hängselbyxor av denim i slutet av 1800-talet. Levi’s hängselbyxor var en föregångare till vår tids Levi’s jeans.

Americana Has All The Famous Brands, Including Big Smith

På 1900-talet började mekanier, gruvarbetare, bönder, konstnärer, järnvägsarbetare, handelsmän men även kvinnor och barn ha på sig hängselbyxor. Sådana byxor ar vanligtvis associerade med män och pojkar som kommer från landsbygden i den amerikanska mellanvästern eller södern.

Sedan 1960-talet har hängselbyxor moderniserats i olika mönster och färger och bärs idag av både män och kvinnor i alla åldrar. En av de tidigaste hip -hopstilarna från 1980-talet var att bära traditionella eller moderna hängselbyxor med ett av hängslena ofästa. Kända amerikanska hängselbyxmärken är Liberty, Carhartt, Pointer, Round House, Red Kap, Big Mac av JC Penney Osh Kosh, Big Smith, Walls, Roebucks av Sears och Key “The Aristocrat of Overalls.”.

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4 responses to “Bib Overalls

  1. Carlton Johnson

    Looking for the bib overalls: railroad style (stripe, Fisher stripe, or Herringbone). JC Penney use to carry the Big Mac railroad, but not anymore. Any ideas?

    Thank you for your help.

    • JC Penney have cut back a lot these days on their work clothes line, but you still can get some classics such as union suits. If you’re looking for a Made in USA product, your best bet would be Pointer Brand’s Hickory Stripe bib overalls which are made in Bristol, Tennessee. Liberty makes a railroad stripe overall that looks great as well. Good luck!

  2. bruce d

    looking for a retailer for Paper denim and cloth overalls any clue where to look

    • Gina

      I’m not sure Paper Denim are making them in their current collection. My suggestion would be to try eBay (US) or Etsy. Good luck!

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