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Are Overalls Good for Gardening? If So, Why?

Wear something efficient and comfortable if you want to exercise your green fingers and potter around in the garden. When I garden, I wear overalls, which I think are perfect for the work. Here are some of the best reasons to wear overalls when gardening.

A man and woman gardener facing each other wearing green overalls while holding gardening equipments.

If you’re looking to exercise your green fingers and potter around in the garden, you need to wear something functional and comfortable. I wear overalls when I garden, and I think they’re perfect for the job. Here are some of the top reasons why overalls are great for gardening.

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They Are Durable

Even when you’re engaged in some light gardening activities, it’s easy to get your gardening overalls dirty with all the kneeling and squatting. So, it’s great that you can wash your overalls as frequently as you want without worrying about wear and tear. Most gardening overalls are made from a durable cotton drill material that’s built to last. 

Even if you get overalls made from other materials, such as corduroy, the trick is to properly take care of your overalls. That means cleaning them before storing them away and washing them as per the manufacturer’s item whenever they get dirty.

In addition, you can also get overalls with features such as reinforced seams and ripstop fabrics. That way, you can maintain the quality of your overalls for longer despite being engaged in many garden tasks.

They’re Stylish

A beautiful gardener harvesting fresh tomatoes to sell.

When you venture into your garden, you should plan to get dirty, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish while doing it. If you choose wisely, you can get overalls with fabric treatment that repels stains and water, so you can garden fashionably without looking like you have been playing in the mud.

What’s more, if general-use cotton overalls are too boring, you can choose garden overalls with a stylish design or pattern like these women’s overall jumpsuit romper harem pants with flower detail. Or these men’s denim bib overalls with a slim-fit design. As Anna Dell Russo implied, fashion can be anywhere, even in your garden!

They are Versatile

Looking for the best gardening overalls that best suit your needs? The excellent news is there are many options to choose from. Starting with colors, you can choose from a wide range of colors, including black, brown, dark brown, navy, and olive.

I love the darker colors because they help disguise soil stains. That said, if you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s no reason you shouldn’t add a pop of color to your garden by wearing orange or brick red overalls.  

You can also find overalls in colorful print patterns and plush or rugged materials. On top of that, you can choose between bib overalls/dungarees or romper-style overalls.

You can get your overalls in various sizes and widths, depending on the type of gardening tasks you plan on doing. If you want to keep things simple, a single, quality pair of general-purpose overall can get you through most jobs.

They’re Comfortable

A beautiful adult woman wearing bandana while holding a shovel in her garden.

Comfort is one of the most significant factors to consider when deciding what to wear when gardening. The last thing you want is to feel restricted, as this can make natural movements like kneeling and squatting feel awkward. If you choose the right size for your gardening overalls, they can be highly comfortable. 

I suggest that you buy coveralls slightly larger or a few inches bigger than your waist size. You should also look for features that make your overalls more comfortable.

For instance, a quick glance at the market can reveal a variety of fantastic features, such as double waist buttons for extra room if you need to layer clothing or adjustable leg openings that accommodate your boots better.

One of the best features I have discovered is overalls with a crotch gusset to provide all the room you need when leaning over. Some overalls come with adjustable suspenders to always get the right fit, while others have an elasticated waist and arm cuffs for maximum comfort.

If you dread the uncomfortable winter weather, you can find coveralls with quilting to keep you insulated. Similarly, you can find overalls with knee waterproof patches and scuff guards to keep you comfortable during the wet season.

They’re Easy to Clean

As mentioned, you have to plan to wash your overalls often because no matter how careful you’re, they will get dirty and be covered in soil stains. That said, you can go longer between washes if your overalls are made from a stain-resistant material that allows you to brush off the dirt easily. If you don’t want the hassle of hand washing your overalls, you can get machine-washable ones.  

It’s always best to clean your overalls according to the attached care instructions. It’s best to avoid harsh detergents and bleach as this can make the material deteriorate faster. Also, be sure to wash your overalls separately to minimize the risk of contaminating your other clothes.

They Look Great with a Gardening Hat

A man holding his fresh harvests while wearin an overeall and a gardening hat.

When gardening, it’s essential to protect yourself from the sun. So I love the fact that gardening overalls match pretty well with those wide-brimmed sun hats that are great at protecting your face and neck from harmful sun rays. I have a pair of brown gardening overalls that I love to wear with my straw-colored hat. 

These items are lightweight, so I don’t feel sweaty and uncomfortable when wearing them. I also love how they complement each other and make a fashion statement. The point is, don’t forget to wear a gardening hat when you don your overalls – it’s a great, protective look!

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They Have Pockets

I believe that pockets are the greatest invention ever, and they are the most practical thing to have when gardening. You’ll be surprised at the number of things you’ll need to tuck away when gardening.

For instance, you need somewhere safe to store your pocket to stay in touch with the rest of the world even when you’re spending a lot of time in the garden.

Overalls with pockets are also handy if you need to store garden necessities like small shovels (for those particularly deep pockets), fertilizer packets, seed packets, gardening tools, and other essentials like keys.

The great news is that you can find overalls with pocket designs. You can find overalls with chest pockets, front pockets, cargo pockets, and other storage options.

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They Provide the Coverage You Need

A man mowing the lawn using a lawnmoner at his house's garden.

Overalls are designed to provide the coverage you need when you’re outdoors. If you need maximum coverage, you can choose overalls with long sleeves and pant legs for maximum protection against UV rays.

However, UV rays are not the only thing you have to worry about. You also need protection from bug bites and thorny or prickly plants. You can still get the coverage you need whether you wear lightweight overalls in summer or heavy-duty ones in colder weather.

They’re a Convenient Gardening Uniform

Overall, overalls are just an incredibly convenient gardening uniform. I love that you can easily slip them on over your regular clothes, which is always a good idea if you want to prevent chafing. They’re also easy to take off. When you have a pair of trusted overalls, you don’t have to worry about what to wear when gardening. 

All you have to do is slip on your overalls, then swiftly take them off when you’re done. Gardening overalls are not fancy, but they can still look stylish, so you’ll be better dressed even when getting down and dirty. The truth is that you can wear anything you like when you’re gardening, but there are so many reasons why overalls are the best choice.