Overalls. Probably my all-time favorite article of clothing.
They were introduced around 1750 and first called “slops”, used as a protective piece meant to prevent work related wear and tear to a person’s breeches and stockings which were standard fashion at the time. Originally reserved for the working man and considered a symbol of low class, they eventually became more accepted by the upper classes, and were also used by the military. Standard colors developed over time with white for painters, pin striped for rail road workers and finally shades of blue for the rest of the working class.
Dr. Paul Lasley, head of the departments of Anthropology and Sociology at Iowa State University, says overalls have waxed and waned like all clothing has. Throughout history, they’ve taken on all sorts of style in terms of color, material and embellishments. But I’m not so sure I agree with his view . I don’t ever recall a time where you couldn’t find a pair of overalls (I’m referring to the “authentic” version) in your local farm supply store, and I believe the American farmer will ALWAYS connect himself or herself to them. Tammy White and her family work Wing and a Prayer Farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and she sums it up quite well:
Overalls, to many, speak of a hard work ethic. Overalls are inspiring. They say “I get the job done” just like Wonder Woman in her outfit.
There are official International Overalls Weekends, and there have been songs written about them like the one below.
I think overalls deserve some official recognition, so send us a picture of yourself in your favorite pair, on your farm. If you’ve got a good story to share, please do so as we’d love to hear it. We’ll send the first 25 submissions a prize package, and your photo may be selected for the cover(s) of our next FOCUS Equipment Magazine!
-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team