I'm the go-to dating app girl for all my friends. When you're on as many apps as I am (my all-time high was 12) you learn a thing or two about what works and what doesn't.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine was looking through Bumble for dating inspiration. She paused on my profile picture.
“You're straight up the only person I know that would use this as your dating app photo,” she said, holding up my phone.
The photo was of me in a pair of Madewell overalls, taken at a music festival last month. I thought I looked sunbaked and happy.
“What's wrong with it?” I asked, peering at my phone. I didn't know what the problem was, because I looked fly as f*ck.
She took her phone back from me, frowning.
“No, I mean, you look good, it's just not a Bumble photo, you know?” she stated. “Like, guys don't get overalls."
They're overalls, not a straightjacket. What's so hard to understand about a pair of jeans that come with a couple of extra straps?
See, overalls get a bit of a bad rap. They're synonymous with lumberjacks, farmers and Cotton Eye Joe. Personally, I think they're sexy and DGAF what you have to say -- here's why.
Guys dig overalls.
I have that overalls photo as my main profile photo on Hinge, Bumble, OkCupid and Tinder. Guess what? I still get right swipes with both my boobs and my butt covered. It's a miracle!
Seriously, guys are into this. I have fielded more questions about my overalls than anything else. Yesterday, I even swiped right on a guy whose profile proudly proclaimed he loves a girl in overalls more than anything, and he was cute.
We haven't matched yet, so maybe he was lying. Or MAYBE my overalls are just out of his league.
They don't slide down my ass.
You know what I hate about pants? They always unglamorously slip down my tuchus and I have to worry about showing the world my ass crack. I'm always tugging at the waistband of my jeans, and it's not a cute look.
Overalls don't play those games. If I ever feel like they're a bit too slippery, I just tighten the straps around my shoulders. The world doesn't need to know Victoria's Secret just yet.
They're a great transitional piece.
Overalls are one of those clothing items that work for virtually any temperature. In the summer, I like pairing mine with a cute bralette and sandals. During the winter, I layer a cropped sweater underneath my overalls and throw on a pair of ankle boots to finish off the look. This spring, I've worn mine with breezy button-downs and striped tees for both work and weekend vibes.
Unversatile, my ass.
It's all about fit. A slim (but not TOO slim) pair can elongate your legs and shorten a long torso. Plus, if you're like me and hate showing off your stomach, overalls give you coverage there while showing off your sides and waist.
The tricky part is finding one that works for you, because many styles ride up on women with long torsos. Look for one with extra-long straps you can adjust to hang a touch lower and give you extra wiggle room.
They can be sexy.
In my Bumble profile, I paired my overalls with a neon bralette and white kicks. I thought I looked hot with my exposed back, arms and sides. I was showing off as much skin if I'd worn a barely-there strappy top and a pair of ultra-flattering jeans.
Oh, and I still got laid that day. Boom.
If that's not proof overalls are magic, I don't know what is.