Overalls Are the One-and-Done Summer Outfit Insiders Can All Agree On

It's not that they're coming back—it's that they never really went away.

a woman at fashion week wearing overalls and a jean jacket
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Overalls have lived many lives in fashion. They were born at Levi's in the mid-1890s as protective gear for factory workers. In the ensuing decades, overalls were embraced everywhere, from the 1970s skateboarding scene to 1990s hip-hop style. Overalls still have some associations with light gardening or heavy-duty farming gear; they've also been lumped in with the breezy, Nancy Meyers-approved set dressings of a coastal New England summer.

Now it's 2024, and overalls seem to have reached their most straightforward form: a one-and-done summer outfit that isn't tied to a single aesthetic. They're less of a runway denim trend, like ultra-baggy jeans or denim-on-denim sets, and more of an underrated stalwart that's getting their due (once again)—appearing in celebrities' and fashion editors' wardrobes en masse.

The appeal is the same as ever: a full-coverage, functional jumpsuit that can be styled up or down to the wearer's content. Katie Holmes and Olivia Wilde have turned to overalls this spring when they've wanted to keep a low profile, with velvet Mary Janes and a chore coat (for Holmes) and a white tank and peep-toe sandals (for Wilde). What did Sofia Richie Grainge wear when she felt ready to debut her maternity style? Correct: a pair of military green overalls.

Katie Holmes in new york city wearing the summer overalls trend with mary janes

In May 2024 Katie Holmes wore a pair of Rrl Denim overalls with doll-like Mary Janes and her steadfast leather bag by Mansur Gavriel.

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Oliva Wilde wearing overalls and a hat while running errands

Olivia Wilde has a few pairs of overalls in her spring 2024 repertoire, ranging from the mid-wash pair here to a darker rinse.

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If A-listers want overalls' current style era to be laid-back, fashion proper wants them to have a glow-up. At fashion week, I clocked one Miu Miu guest whose take on double denim incorporated designer overalls, a jean jacket, a crisp white shirt, and a boxy leather bag. I've also seen women around New York City, Copenhagen, and Paris casting aside overalls' utility history to pair them with glittery Alaïa flats and frilly Peter Pan blouses. Overalls can still be easygoing—but there's permission to take them over the top.

Or to the kaleidoscopic festival circuit. According to a recent Google study, overalls were the most-searched clothing item in relation to Coachella outfits.

In terms of their tags, most still come from denim behemoths like Levi's (the founding designer) and workwear labels including Carhartt and Dickie's. Then there are the next-gen purveyors like Hey Gang. A favorite of Marie Claire editor-in-chief Nikki Ogunnaike, the brand makes unisex overalls and chore jackets in upbeat colors.

Nikki Ogunnaike wearing a pair of red overalls on a farm

Marie Claire editor-in-chief Nikki Ogunnaike is a longtime fan of jumpsuits and overalls. Here, she wears a red pair by Hey Gang.

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a woman at fashion week wearing short overalls and clogs

Variations on overalls have shown up at fashion week in forms as varied as white short-alls, '90s baggy, acid wash overalls, and classic mid-rinse denim pairs.

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In April, I traveled to Paris with Nike for a chance to see its 2024 Summer Olympic kits and, unbeknownst to me, another moment where overalls would make fashion history. In a showroom filled with tiny track briefs and basketball jerseys, I was surprised to see a version of a Katie Holmes outfit staring back at me from one of the mannequins. It turns out that Nike decided to dress Team USA's skateboarders in overalls for the sport's second-ever Olympic games. It's both a nod to skate culture's impact on street style and a purely functional choice. When you're dressing to flip through the air, you want a garment that isn't going to fall or fold upward.

a mannequin wearing blue overalls, a white t shirt, and sneakers in a display of the US olympic kits

In April, Nike unveiled its 2024 Olympic kits alongside its newest It-sneakers. Team USA athletes will wear the blue overalls above for their competitions.

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It's too early to call this latest overall sighting the sign of a trend within the trend. (If "skater girl summer" does in fact take off, remember you read it here first.) It is another case for overalls' endless evolution. Through it all, they're a piece you don't have to overthink this summer no matter how hard you're working—or if you're working at all.

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Halie LeSavage
Senior News Editor (Fashion & Beauty)

Halie LeSavage is the senior fashion and beauty news editor at Marie Claire, where she assigns, edits, and writes stories for both sections. Halie is an expert on runway trends, celebrity style, emerging fashion and beauty brands, and shopping (naturally). In over seven years as a professional journalist, Halie’s reporting has ranged from fashion week coverage spanning the Copenhagen, New York, Milan, and Paris markets, to profiles on industry insiders including stylist Alison Bornstein and J.Crew womenswear creative director Olympia Gayot, to breaking news stories on noteworthy brand collaborations and beauty launches. (She can personally confirm that Bella Hadid’s Ôrebella perfume is worth the hype.) She has also written dozens of research-backed shopping guides to finding the best tote bags, ballet flats, and more. Most of all, Halie loves to explore what trends—like the rise of doll-like Mary Janes or TikTok’s 75 Hard Style Challenge—can say about culture writ large. (She justifies almost any purchase by saying it’s “for work.”) Halie has previously held writer and editor roles at Glamour, Morning Brew, and Harper’s Bazaar. Halie has been cited as a fashion and beauty expert in The Cut, CNN Underscored, and Reuters, among other outlets, and appears in newsletters like Selleb and Self-Checkout to provide shopping recommendations. In 2022, she was awarded the Hearst Spotlight Award for excellence and innovation in fashion journalism. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Harvard College. Outside of work, Halie is passionate about books, baking, and her miniature Bernedoodle, Dolly. For a behind-the-scenes look at her reporting, you can follow Halie on Instagram and TikTok.