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6 best overalls for women farmers and other hard-workers

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Women are in no way one size fits all, and while a woman might well want something that caters to her needs, that isn’t going to include something dumbed-down, ill-fitting, or something girly. But it still has to be functional, and comfortable to get the work done. Few places is this as true when as when trying to find the best overalls for women farmers.

Think durability, usability, and comfort. After all, if you don’t like the way something fits and feels, you’re not going to wear it. And having a quality pair of overalls (or coveralls) can be a godsend in some of the messiest conditions that farmers and ranchers encounter. Some people outside of agriculture would be surprised that a little manure isn’t what we consider messy. Things can definitely be much worse! 

So overalls for women farmers need to be made of the right materials to get our daily jobs done, be able to handle grease and other grime we encounter, protect us from hazards, and fit well and be functional — you know, real pockets and not hindering mobility. Thankfully, brands such as Dovetail Workwear, Carhartt, and Berne, among others, come through for us.

Our writers and testers have tried every pair of overalls on this list — and certainly some others that didn’t make the cut. We’ve put them through the paces around livestock and in some brutal winter weather to determine our favorites, and, in our list updated for 2021, we hope that you’ll agree that these are six pairs are the best overalls for women farmers:

Dovetail Workwear

Editor’s choice

Dovetail Freshley Overall in Black Stretch Denim

These are not repurposed, boxy men’s overalls. They’re intentionally designed to complement a woman’s frame, without sacrificing the functionality of men’s overalls. There are deep pockets galore. Accessible — and functional — pockets! They have great, slightly stretchy fabric — the overalls move  no matter what position the wearer is in.

The Freshley Overall is a straight-leg pant, fitted in the waist and thigh, relaxed through the calf with ample room for boots. It has double-front reinforced thigh and rear cuff panels minimize wear; flexible suspenders mean no restricted movement; locker loop for quick hanging; and inserts for your knee pads. Check out our unboxing video here and our larger review of this product here.

What people have to say:

  • “These are really awesome, finding something to fit comfortably and look good can be a huge challenge. (I’m thick from my waist to my thighs) These overalls are well made, super cool, and look great, functional, a bunch of pockets, what more could you ask for?”
  • “These overalls are incredible!! They are so comfortable and stretchy, I can bend down and crawl under my table saw without feeling anything tug or pinch. There are so many pockets and straps and I love that the bib pocket has a zipper so everything doesn’t fall out when I go to the bathroom.”
  • “These are solid overalls. Material is thick which is good for gardening. Fits well and straps do not come down while I am shoveling. Good material for constant abuse from dirt, kneeling and sitting yet are also comfortable. Will also be good when working in my rose garden as I will be protected from thorn scratches. I chose overalls for gardening so dirt would not easily fall down my pants or bugs get in and bite me.”


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Legendary toughness

Carhartt Crawford Double Front Bib Overalls

Of course there was going to be a pair of Carhartts high on this list. The brand is synonymous with unflinching toughness, and in recent years, Carhartt has done a lot to improve its offerings for women. This pair of overalls is 98 percent cotton, 2 percent spandex and comes in two shades of brown and machine-washable for various shades of dirt. The spandex allows for movement. Other features include:

  • Adjustable suspenders
  • Multi-compartment bib pocket with secure zipper closure
  • Two large lower-front pockets
  • Double knees with cleanout bottoms

What people have to say:

  • “Wore these for a week, during kidding season. Got covered in poop and other fluid but worked perfectly.”
  • “These are the comfiest anything I’ve ever worn! They fit perfectly and I love all the pockets! I wish I lived somewhere colder so I could wear them every day!”
  • “I was looking for some lightweight yet durable overalls for the upcoming season, these are perfect. Surprised how many compliments I received on them as well — stylish yet certainly are made to get the job done.”


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Easy on the knees

Rosies Work & Gardening Cotton Bib Overalls

Rosies Workwear is a small women-owned family business started in 2002. Their cotton overalls have zip-off pant legs and removable knee pads, so they’re pretty versatile and customizable. The overalls come in a range of five colors, and the cotton is wonderfully breathable. In general, the whole line is designed to be easy to get on and off over boots, or while wearing work gloves. More features include:

  • Double bib with multi-compartment pockets, secure velcro closure on front
  • Large hidden inner zipper pocket on interior
  • Eleven deep tool pockets with secure velcro and/or zipper closure so you can move around without tools falling out
  • Durable elastic straps prevent “wedgies” while working and heavy duty plastic buckles

What people have to say:

  • “If you ACTUALLY get dirty, need to get down in the mulch, gravel, poop, compost or fieldwork on a regular basis, these are a very good option, especially for the price.”
  • “Fits perfectly and the fabric is soft and comfortable. I thought the knee pads were a little low until I kneeled and they planted perfectly under my knees and shins.”
  • “It is large enough to layer underneath in cool weather and still allow for lots of movement. Love the removable knee pads and the amount and placement of pockets and the straps that stretch.”


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Best in colder weather

Berne Washed Insulated Bib Overalls

When the snow starts flying, these are the overalls you should be reaching for. Berne’s insulated overalls have a 10-ounce cotton duck shell with quilt lined taffeta lining. You’ll probably appreciate the double tool pocket and the oversized chest pockets, as well as the option of five colors. Some other highlights:

  • Zippered left hip pocket
  • Adjustable elasticized bib straps
  • Brass leg zipper with snap closure
  • Adjustable leg snaps
  • Hammer loop
  • Heavy-duty nylon leg hem

What people have to say:

  • “I live in New England, and highly recommend purchasing these if you work outside with cold conditions.”
  • “These have gotten me through the minus-15 degree days on the farm. I love them! They fit great and move with me very well, and have great pockets.”
  • “We had temperatures down to about minus-20 below 0, but barn and livestock work still had to be done, and these kept me comfortable.”


Carhartt Women's overalls

Pockets galore

Carhartt Weathered Duck Unlined Wildwood Bib Overalls

Available in three colors and machine-washable, these overalls are made from 12-ounce, 100 percent cotton weathered duck and can accommodate knee pads. These overalls feature adjustable leg openings and all the pockets you need for the day. Here’s what else they feature:

  • Adjustable suspenders
  • Multi-compartment bib pocket with secure zipper closure
  • Two large lower-front pockets
  • Multiple utility pockets
  • Utility band on each leg
  • Triple-stitched main seams for durability
  • Boot-cut leg opening

What people have to say:

  • “More durable material and a much more comprehensive assortment of storage compartments than can be found on other overalls.”
  • “They have so many excellent pockets! I’m always so frustrated by how small the pockets are on femme cuts, but not with these!”
  • “These do their job. I wear them to cut brush and I can wade chest-deep in blackberry bramble and feel no pain.”


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Classic overalls

Dickies Denim Bib Overall

This bib overall was created with ease of movement in mind and is made from a lighter, 100 percent cotton indigo denim. They boast a relaxed fit and straight-leg traditional carpenter styling. They also fit over boots with ease. What it also has:

  • Roomy bib pocket
  • Hammer loop and multiple tool pockets on both legs
  • ScuffGard to prevent wear and tear

What people have to say:

  • “There’s one feature that’s on them I wasn’t expecting — on the back of each leg-cuff, the fabric is doubled and thicker. Having stepped on the back of my pantlegs often, this is a really nice detail.”
  • “Having all the pockets is very handy, especially when you’re up on a ladder and need something handy right away.”
  • “The denim is medium weight, which makes them useful for most of the seasons. They appear to be well constructed and I think they will hold up over time.”


How we made our picks?

The most important thing in choosing the best overalls for women is functionality. And functionality can mean different things to different people. For some, it might be lots of pockets to access tools or other gear; for others, it might be thickness and durability of the fabric; while certain people may be focused on comfort through breathability and padding. The best choice is highly situational. 

Our preferences tend to go toward durability, because we want a pair of women’s overalls that’ll make it season after season. But we also have to be able to move, because durability should not automatically equate to stiffness. Good overalls allow for good movement, because we don’t want our clothing to hinder our tasks.

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Updates: This article was updated with new imagery and expanded descriptions, along with the addition of complementary links, on June 22, 2021.

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