It's Controversial, But It's True: Overalls Are About to Be Fall's New It Item

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(Image credit: @dronme; Courtesy of Brandon Maxwell; @annabelrosendahl; Courtesy of Tibi)

It's rare in the social media age—when, if you follow the right people, you can spot a trend coming from a mile away—for a fad to actually sneak up on you. Normally, the signs are all there. But in the case of overalls, it took all but a few weeks for the once "frumpy" onesies to go from outdated to one of fall's most sought-after wardrobe items. These days, they're everywhere.

I first spotted a pair during Oslo Runway on influencer Annabel Rosendahl. Pairing it with an oversize tee, Saint Laurent's cult-favorite Le 5 à 7 shoulder bag, and point-toe heels, the Norwegian made the utilitarian silhouette appear surprisingly elevated. My attention was piqued, but one good outfit doesn't make a trend, so I wrote it off as a fluke and went on with my day. Not long after, I noted the silhouette on the runway during New York Fashion Week, first at Brandon Maxwell and later at Coach and Tibi. By the time fashion month was over, it was already too late to get ahead of the trend. It was already here, on everyone from model Elsa Hosk to French influencer and recent Mango collaborator Camille Charrière

If you're as blindsided as I was, I get it. But it's not too late to get in on the fastest-rising trend of the season. Scroll on to shop the best overalls on the market right now. 

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This look feels extremely relevant this week, as it's been about 70° every day in NYC. When this heat wave inevitably ends, though, don't fret. Just swap out the tube top for a cozy knit and the thong sandals for chunky boots. 

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The best thing about overalls is how low-maintenance they are. Toss on a bandeau bra, some sandals, and a chic bag—boom, you're done. 

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Brandon Maxwell's S/S 23 collection displayed leather and denim overalls that provided us with a new outlook on the silhouette. Making them even cooler, he had them styled undone, allowing the tops worn underneath to be the focal point. 

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Find someone with more influence over our shopping choices than Kendall Jenner—I'll wait. But actually, I should've known this trend was coming the second the supermodel posted this BTS photo of herself wearing baggy, oversize overalls back in September. 

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This easy-chic look turned heads during Oslo Runway and is just as awe-worthy today, nearly three months later. 

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Coach took overalls from utilitarian to grunge in its S/S 23 collection, opting for a shorts silhouette in heavy-duty leather as opposed to the traditional pant look. 

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This look answers the long-debated "what to wear to [insert any activity that takes place in nature in the fall]" dilemma.

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You really can't go wrong on a Saturday afternoon with some striped coveralls, a white tee, and some Cortez sneakers. 

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Tibi's spring collection offered yet another way to overall with styles made of trouser material as opposed to cotton or denim. 

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Toss on a flouncy blouse to add a touch of romance to this otherwise utilitarian shape.

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Next: The Grungy New Boot Trend That Was Everywhere During Fashion Month

Editor

Eliza Huber is a Chicago-born, New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, plus-size fashion, brand discovery, and celebrity style. For the last year, she’s been covering all of the above for Who What Wear, where she first got her start as an intern and later a freelance writer in 2017.


Upon graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa in 2018, Eliza moved to New York City full time and started at Refinery29 as a fashion market writer, focusing on SEO-optimized market roundups. Later, she transitioned out of just market and began covering the site's fashion news beat as well as writing features pertaining to plus-size fashion, sustainability, adaptive fashion, need-to-know brands, and the latest runway and social media–driven trends. In 2021, after almost four years at Refinery29, she moved on to Who What Wear, where she continues to be a trusted source for fashion news, trends, and more. In her first year at Who What Wear, Eliza has profiled Dakota Fanning and Diane Kruger, two of the site's 2022 cover stars, and launched her own monthly column titled Let's Get a Room, where she heads to dressing rooms around New York City to show the site's readers what new items are just as good IRL as they appear online. Eliza also curates market for Who What Wear's email newsletters.


Eliza currently lives in SoHo, in far too close proximity to Lower Manhattan's bevy of shopping destinations. When she’s not popping into stores for inspiration (or more), she's probably running on the West Side Highway, watching a Formula 1 race, sprinting at Barry's, or sitting outside at one of SoHo's many cafés.