What's the Difference between coveralls and overalls
When most people think of overalls they think farming. It’s not a bad idea but there are hundreds of other industries and jobs that predominately wear overalls. Sometimes called ‘Bib Overalls’, they were one of the first durable workwear in the United States. Carhartt manufactured their first pair for railroad workers in 1889. Overalls are usually made with denim, cotton, or cotton duck. Their distinctive qualities include a ‘bib’ or large pocket in the front, two straps covering the shoulders, and pants extending to the shoe. Manufacturers like Carhartt and Dickies add their own unique features for comfort, durability, look, and functionality.
Overalls and coveralls are similar yet widely different. It’s common for you to have both and either of them depending on work hazards or weather.
- Protection: Coveralls cover your shoulders and arms. Overalls have two straps to connect the back to the front bib.
- Fabric: Coveralls are either cloth or disposable – wearing them depends on what hazards are present. Disposable coveralls are usually made with polypropylene or Tyvek. Overalls are predominately made with denim, cotton, or duck cotton.
- Overalls are preferred when you need durable and comfortable workwear. Environments like auto industry (mechanics), agriculture, outside work, painting, carpentry are great examples.
- Coveralls are preferred when you there are flame hazards, electrical arcs or flash fires, cold weather, around non-hazardous fluids. Coveralls are worn in medical industry, oil and gas, manufacturing, agriculture, auto industry, and pharmaceutical industry.
- Built for comfort, durability, safety, and functionality
- Major brands like Carhartt, Dickies, Berne, Walls, Red Wing, or Duluth Trading make coveralls and overalls
- High-Visibility (Hi-Vis), insulated, flame resistant (FRs), water-proof are available for both
- Pants extend to your shoes
Coveralls and overalls are alike and different in many ways. The main difference it the added protection to your shoulders and arms that coveralls offer.