Call Me Farmer Al

Call Me Farmer Al

I’m sure all of us know a trendsetter. We all have looked at someone’s outfit, job, personal life, etc. and thought, “I want that.” Well, turns out my brother is a trendsetter… I never thought I’d say that but here we are.

Casey in his overalls at Thanksgiving dinner

Casey in his overalls at Thanksgiving dinner

Upon visiting a friend’s family in the Midwest, he wanted to fit in with his friend’s dad so he bought two pairs of overalls (from Forever 21 per my suggestion). However, since this trip he has worn overalls at least once a week.

The first time he wore these overalls to a large family dinner, he left a lot of our family speechless. It’s a look- not saying a good one, but it’s definitely a look.

Due to us questioning his outfit choice, he stated he was going to wear his overalls to Christmas and be the best-looking person in the family. He even told me his plans to post a picture on Instagram with the caption, “Overall, great holiday.”

Cue one the greatest pranks I’ve ever thought of and pulled off.

After dinner concluded, I drove Casey to meet his friends. Yes that means this man went out in Charlotte on a Saturday night in these overalls. But hey, not my problem.

As soon as I got home I went to my dad and exclaimed, “We all need to get overalls for Christmas to surprise Casey.”

By thanksgiving, I had found my overalls- also from Forever 21- but because I wanted to actually wear mine again, I went with black corduroy flare leg overalls. I was so excited for this prank.

My grandparents had found a pair for my younger brother to wear, and my dad, stepmom and other brother had gotten overalls from Tractor Supply Company. It was all coming together and I was struggling so hard not to tell Casey what we were up to.

The best part about this prank is that Sunday before Christmas, Casey had worn his overalls to the Panthers game, so I knew he probably wouldn’t wear them on Christmas day.

Christmas morning rolls around, and he was the last one to wake up. While he was in the bathroom brushing his teeth, singing to himself, and doing whatever else he does to “be great” we all went and put our overalls on.

All of us in our overalls on Christmas morning

All of us in our overalls on Christmas morning

While he was laying face down on the floor yelling about how hungry he was and demanding to be fed, we quietly crept into the living room and sat down, waiting for my dad to make some comment to make him look up.

When he looked up he instantly started laughing. He couldn’t believe we were all in overalls and kept repeating that this was the best Christmas gift ever. We helped him accomplish a 2019 goal before 2019 even occurred by increasing the number of people in Charlotte who wear overalls by one person.

The best part: I was right. He didn’t bring his overalls because he had just worn them on Sunday.

Now what does this have do with me being called Farmer Al?

I love my overalls and feel so confident in them. So much so that I wore them all Christmas day and then took them to Midwinter. Midwinter is an event at North Myrtle Beach where shag dancers can get together and take classes, social dance and catch up with their friends. Saturday night of Midwinter I wore my overalls out and made quite the impression.

Now as I do with most of my outfit choices, I asked my best friend Kayla, and she stated, “If you wear those overalls out I’m only calling you Farmer Al.” So here we are. I’m Farmer Al because I love my overalls and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Of course, I was asked about how my livestock were, what tractors I use, etc. and for this city girl… I just completely made up answers because I don’t even know what I don’t know about farming and livestock.

My dad, grandfather and me at the Rho Chi Honor Society inductions

My dad, grandfather and me at the Rho Chi Honor Society inductions

I love them so much I even wore them to my Rho Chi Honor Society inductions! I paired it with a cropped Ann Taylor jacket that concealed the buckles making it look like a jumpsuit.

If you feel emboldened to go buy a pair of overalls to experience how amazing they are but don’t want to be judged by a lot of strangers and friends on your clothing choices, I highly recommend you look into jumpsuits. With so many options available to you (fitted, loose, wide or skinny legged, endless colors, fabrics, etc.) I encourage you to start looking and don’t give up hope!

What did I learn from my brother in this experience?

Don’t worry about what other people think. People will always have something to say about your clothing choices, so you might as well love what you wear.

Any influence is still influence. We bought the overalls to play a prank, but we still ended up buying them and wearing them (granted I might be the only one still wearing them).

Puns about overalls are really great “dad” jokes that make people laugh.

Lex Be Real… overall great purchase.

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