The overalls were initially designed in order to be worn as protective clothing in manufacturing industries and factories where, there were increased chances of getting injured. These overalls were supposed to be worn over normal trousers, from where it got the name bip-and-brace. They were introduced from England into America during the early 20th century and have since been a part of the workman's protective uniform. They were made an inseparable part of the factories laws which made it mandatory for all workers to wear protective gears as well as overalls over their casual clothes.
Many male and female workers wore overalls in factories that manufactured inflammable products such as matchsticks, ammunition, those who worked in boiler rooms. It is still worn by construction workers, in automobile repair workshops and garages, etc.
Bips & Braces
The 'Bip' is a garment that is worn around the neck, its cloth covers the chest so as to protect good clothes from getting stained. It is usually worn while eating food, or in dental clinics. The 'Brace' on the other hand came from the good old suspenders, which were elastic or leather straps that help up the trousers. Therefore, the overalls were made with bips for the chest and were attached with braces that went over the shoulders and connected to the trousers from behind. Overalls for men were usually made with denim, because of the durable nature of the fabrics. These had several pockets that helped the worker store his tools. It was much later that the tool kit belt was created. Its popularity had begun to increase among the youngsters as a new fashion trend. Soon, there were attractive overalls for women available as well.
They are still in fashion and in very much in demand. By far the most famous manufactures of overalls are the Dickies that are available in all Wal-Mart stores and some clothing stores. They are also manufactured by Levis. The overalls by dickies are sold as men's work wear. They come with bip overalls and are made up of 12 ounce fine weave cotton denim fabric. It has triple-stitch seams and several pockets such as large bip pockets, which have pencil divisions, it has two front pockets, two back pockets, and double rule pockets. The Dickies overalls come with hammer loops, and have adjustable straps, and zipper fly. Their prices range from $25 to $40 and they have some basic colors available such as black, indigo blue, light brown, and dark brown.
Dickies Insulated Bib Overalls
Though, the insulated bib overalls by Dickies are more expensive, because they have Nylon scuff guards, and are made up of 100% cotton duck and cotton fabric. Available in double knees with heavy-duty #10 brass zippers. They may cost you anywhere between $48 to $65, which is a bit steep. You can always check for lesser rates online that may be selling the overalls at a discount price. These insulated bip overalls are specially designed so as to withstand harsh natural conditions such as excess heat and piercing cold. What makes them even more efficient is that they are waterproof as well and do not get damp. These overalls are made of fabrics that are resistant to even sears and singes, while working with welding machines and fire.
It would be more cost-effective to opt for cheaper overalls, by purchasing them online wherein you can select the most appropriate styles at the most convenient rate. Overalls for men, women, and children, have and will remain an evergreen fashion trend. So it's better if you grabbed one for yourself, because the one thing that is guaranteed is that you won't ever regret this purchase.