Back in the 90s, the cool thing to do was wear your overalls with only one strap buckled. Now, stars are experimenting with different ways of styling the versatile piece, from sporting the straps around the waist to layering the former fashion castaway over crop tops. The old-school staple has been experiencing a resurgence lately, thanks in no small part to the long list of celebs rocking overalls on the street and on the red carpet. It began as a slow build last year, which has climbed to a crescendo in recent months due to an influx of brand name options offering unique details. Here are a few examples of how stars are helping overalls become the latest must-have item.
Ashley was at the forefront of the revival when she stepped out in this overall-inspired Topshop check dungaree jumpsuit for the BAFTA Los Angeles and Sir Philip Green Celebrate the British New Wave Event in April 2013. She polished off the look with a metallic-accented clutch and black sandals.
Rihanna brought a bit of urban edge to her Topshop bleach overalls last June by working in a Silver Spoon mesh beanie, a black bra and a gold Chanel chain. The singer capped off the look with her namesake Sophia Webster pastel leather sandals.
It was a vintage-looking pair of faded denim Wildfox Chloe overalls for Julianne as she lunched with a friend in Los Angeles this past February. A long sleeve black crop top, a black scarf, Cynthia Vincent’s Liela crossbody bag and leopard flats wrapped up the look.
Later that month, Alessandra hit the Brentwood Country Mart decked out in skinny fit overalls from Black Orchid. The supermodel completed the look with her own white sleeveless floral cut-out ále by alessandra tank and Vans leopard sneakers.
January took a slightly more relaxed approach to the trend in April with this ink blue Black Orchid version in Los Angeles. She finished off her casual daytime look with a MiH Jeans apricot boatneck top and metallic sandals.
Darker washes are also proving popular, like the black Paige Sierra overalls Olivia showed off in April while walking the streets of New York City with fiance Johannes Huebl. A semi-sheer black long sleeve shirt, a cream-colored bag and black embellished flats rounded out the look.
Padma decided to give her black overalls the red carpet treatment at April’s Derek Lam & Jamie Wolf Black and White Jewelry Launch. Payal Singhal’s graphic black and white Charbagh Farheen tunic concluded the chef’s look.
Black Orchid’s skinny overalls served as Naomi’s laid-back pick for a family trip to a Los Angeles farmer’s market last month. A gray tank, a black cropped cardigan by Three Dots, ivory shades and black Ancient Greek Sandals finalized the look.
Fearne has been spotted in overalls for a while now, but the radio personality always manages to bring a fresh take with every incarnation. Just check out how she styled this faded set with a sweet white ribbed blouse featuring a subtle scalloped Peter Pan collar, circular shades, a tan leather bag and two-tone bow-accented flats.
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After living it up celebrating her bachelorette party in Miami, Ashley opted for a low-key approach to airport dressing at LAX. She teamed Free People’s washed denim overalls with a basic white tank, a Chanel Spring 2014 graffiti printed backpack and brown Isabel Marant Dicker suede boots.
Gwen added some punk flavor to these Paige Sierra overalls late last month in Los Angeles by wearing both the straps and the bib down. A textured sleeveless sweater, Stella McCartney patterned sunglasses, a L.A.M.B. Dai suede textured hobo and strappy open-toe ankle boots completed the look.
Perhaps in an homage to Gwen’s unconventional styling, Hilary was captured heading to a private acting class earlier this month outfitted in Black Orchid skinny overalls. The singer and actress did manage to make the look her own, however, courtesy of a head scarf, a deep red bag and embellished yellow cashmere Prada loafers.