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Blake Lively Just Made A Serious Case For The Resurgence Of Denim Overalls

Sweet nostalgia.

By Lucy Cocoran
When you think of denim overalls, those denim dungarees you used to wear as a kid probably spring to mind. They're cute, farm girl-esque and often seen on little tots, sure, but that doesn't mean that they're not quickly becoming a wardrobe must-have (even among the celebrity style set).
Nobody is making this case stronger than Blake Lively, who recently posted a photo looking very cute and clad in a pair of dark-wash denim overalls while visiting Martha Stewart's farm. A casual white tank top sat underneath, exposing her shoulders and arms, while a pair of black boots kept her bottom half warm. The perfect spring/autumn outfit? We'd say so.

As we said, the denim overall look is nothing new, but it's been noticeably missing for a few years (likely due to us being locked inside, but possibly due to a confusion over how to style it in a chic way). The dungaree-look exploded in popularity back in the 90s, largely due to Rachel Green (played by the iconic Jennifer Aniston) on Friends was known for sporting the all-denim look quite often. The scene of her returning Barry's ring in a loose-fitting pair of overalls with a lacy singlet underneath solidified her as a fashion muse for years to come.
Since then, we've seen the trend come and go, but never quite return with as much of a bang as it has done in recent months. Our guess? Post-pandemic dressing has seen a sway more towards one-and-done dressing options that don't require an overwhelming amount of money or effort. The overall is the perfect piece that requires said minimal effort. Plus, they're looser around the legs than your regular pair of jeans, so you're still getting the denim effect without having to sacrifice comfortability, especially in the warmer months.
Suffice to say, whatever the reason for their reason — we're pretty happy about it.
How to style denim overalls
Look, there's not really a right or wrong way to go about this, given that overalls are really just denim, which is a universally easy material to style as it goes with anything. On those warm yet cooler days, you could pop a cropped white t-shirt underneath or a white tank singlet à la Blake. If it's colder, opt for a turtleneck or skivvy (which is a double bonus as you won't need to stress about carrying a jacket around).
On those days you feel like being extra casual, you can unclip one of the hooks and expose more of your bra for a cheekier look. Don't be afraid to experiment with bolder colours and patterns underneath as well, it's the perfect way to inject a touch of fun into your outfit.

Below, our favourite styles of denim overalls to shop right now in Australia.

best overalls to shop

Levis' Vintage Overall, $202.38 from REVOLVE
Insight Jadey Relaxed Overalls, $129.95 from THE ICONIC
Rolla's Heidi Overall in Cobalt Organic, $179.95 from Showpo
Used Travis Overalls, $69.99 from City Beach
Good 90's Overalls, $267 from Good American
Louis Hemp Denim Baggy Overalls, $190 from Afends
Indigo Tonic Odelia Overalls, $129.99 from THE ICONIC
Utility Denim Overall, $79.99 from Cotton On
Carhartt Bib Overalls, $279.95 from THE ICONIC
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