Ah, denim. No matter how much we flirt with tailored trousers, maxi and miniskirts, comfy leggings or pretty dresses, we always come back to faithful old denim for an easy outfit that we can pull together in 10 minutes or less. After all, denim does have the benefit of being one of the most versatile fabrics in our wardrobes, and no matter the weather or season, we know a good pair of jeans are always going to rise to the occasion. That is, until they get a little bit boring.
"Jeans and a nice top" has been the foundation of so many looks for so long, that we inevitably started to experiment with different ways to wear denim. Jeans got ultra-skinny, then high-waisted and in retro fits; and just when we settled on the supreme straight-leg, baggy, '90s-style jeans took over the runways. So with all the fuss surrounding jeans and trends we did the next best thing—re-wearing denim skirts. But, as the weather gets cooler and denim skirts won't cut it for a really cold winter, we spotted another anti-jeans trend popping up on some very stylish celebrities. It's it's an unexpected vintage throwback. Allow me to reintroduce you to denim overalls.
Claudia Schiffer wears dungarees in the Versace 1994 Haute Couture show.
Baggy, laidback denim dungarees make sense as the natural evolution of A/W 23's loose-legged jeans, but there's something about overalls' farmcore-meets-'90s nostalgia vibe that immediately speaks to us. Perhaps it's the fact that denim overalls are a combination of just about every trending TikTok aesthetic from the past 12 months (see cottagecore, grunge, VSCO girl, etc.), but they also score highly for their sheer laziness. This is a trend that doesn't require stiff tailoring or an ultra-polished finish; its appeal lies entirely in the fact you can roll straight out of bed and into this look. A win-win.
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Not convinced by the fashion prowess of overalls? Take Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner's recent outfits as an example of how a pair of blue denim dungarees can be kept casual for a quiet weekend or dressed up for an evening (and let's face it, dungarees, a maxi coat and a pair of pointy heels is a stroke of genius. It shouldn't work, but it just does). As I was falling deep down into a dungaree rabbit hole, the internet throws out pictures of Sienna Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio and Kylie Minogue all sporting overalls as their airport outfit of choice, and don't even get me started on Jennifer Lopez and Alexa Chung's long-standing affair with the denim one-piece (Google the evidence for enough outfit inspiration for a lifetime).
So, should you be looking for a new way to layer up your denim this season, the celebs have spoken, and they're seeing out 2023 in dungarees. Keep scrolling for our pick of the best overalls to shop now.
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