Spring/summer 2014 is shaping up to be the season of the overall. With the endless barrage of ‘90s nostalgia dominating the runways over the past couple of years, it was only a matter of time before the comfy style made a comeback to mainstream fashion. Overalls have been around since the late 1700s, worn overtop clothes to protect garments during work and were donned by women in English factories during the first world war in 1916. Depicted in the 1930 Grant Wood painting American Gothic, a farmer sports overalls next to his his unmarried daughter who dons an apron, It is one of the most famous paintings in the history of American art. Overalls became more fashionable in the ‘60s and ‘70s but were most popular during the ‘90s. While some see dungarees as a fashion don’t, the trend is everywhere this season. Overalls appeared on the S/S ‘14 runways of Balmain, Alexander Wang and Rag and Bone, just to name a few. The style popped up on NYFW street style images, all over Coachella and on modern celebrity style icons like Alexa Chung and Rihanna. Will you dare to wear overalls this season?
(L) Wartime Farm Workers. (R) 1920s.
(L) 1920s. (R) American Gothic by Grant Wood, 1930.
(L) Lee Miller Wearing Yraide Sailcloth Overalls, Photo by George Hoyningen Huene, 1930s. (R) 1930s.
(L) 1930s. (R) Ruby Keeler, 1934.
(L) Better Homes and Gardens, June, 1940. (R) 1940s.
(L) Harper's Bazaar, May 1943. (R) Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1944.
(L) Norma Jean in overalls by Potter Heuth, 1945. (R) Jeanne Crain, Photo by Paul Hesse, 1955.
(L) Photo by Nina Leen, Miami, 1955. (R) 1968.
(L) LIFE Magazine, 1969. (R) Maudie James, Photo by Elisabeth Novick, Vogue UK, October 1970.
(L) 1970s. (R) Cher, 1980s.
(L) Princess Diana, 1980s. (R) Jerry Hall.
(L) Sassy Magazine, September 1988. (R) Brad Pitt, 1989.
(L) Aaliyah, 1990s. (R) Drew Barrymore, 1990s.
(L) Naomi Campbell, 1990s. (R) Atelier Versace, Photo by Steve Meisel, 1994.
(L) Mick Jagger, Photo by Herb Ritts. (R) Jennifer Aniston in Friends, 1990s.
(L) Destiny's Child, 1990s. (R) Brittany Murphy in Clueless, 1995.
(L) Bridget Hall in Versace, Photo by Richard Avedon, 1994. (R) Winona Ryder, 1994.
(L) Kate Moss, Photo by Peter Lindbergh, Harper's Bazaar, December 1994. (R) Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, It Takes Two, 1995.
(L) Will Smith, Fresh Prince of Bell-Air, 1995. (R) Rachel Leigh Cook and Freddie Prinze Jr, She's All That, 1999.
Katie Holmes, Photo by Mark Seliger, Rolling Stone, 1998.
(L) Britney Spears, 2000s. (R) Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex in the City, 2001.
(L) Chanel, S/S 2007. (R) Lou Dillon, Playboy France, 2008.
(L) Alessandra Ambrosio. (R) Balmain Resort, 2014.
(L) Monika “Jac” Jagaciak in Giorgio Armani Velvet Overalls, Photo by Greg Kade, Vogue Germany, June 2013. (R) Vanessa Hudgens.
(L) Balmain Resort, 2013. (R) Balmain Spring RTW, 2014.
(L) DKNY, Spring RTW 2014. (R) Elisabeth Moss, Photo by Cass Bird, 2014.
(R) Alexander Wang RTW 2014.
(L) Charlotte Ronson, Spring 2014. (R) Cara Delevinge.
(L) Selena Gomez. (R) Alexa Chung.
(R) Miroslava Duma.
(L) Rihanna. (R) Vogue Germany.
(R) Leandra Medine "Man Repeller".