Textile Elizabeth and James overalls, J. Crew sweater, Kate Spade necklace, Elizabeth Moss for New York Magazine, Alexa Chung at fashion week, Free People model-off-duty style, Petra Collins for Into the Gloss
I come to you today with a life-altering question. Okay, so maybe it's not that life-altering, but nonetheless, I have been struggling with this dilemma for too long and a definitive answer must be reached.
Should I get a pair of overalls? They've been on my wish list since June, yet overalls remains uncrossed alongside metallic Birkenstocks and other items I feared would be out once summer passed.
But I was wrong. Overalls are still here, but are they here to stay? I believe I had a pair from the Gap when I was about 8 years old, but I never wore them because I thought overalls were for squares. Enter the whole #normcore trend, and now everyone is like, "I'm so cool that I can wear farmer clothes and not look frumpy. Like, my coolness just emanates from within me and not even this giant swath of denim can keep it from blinding you." Case in point: wunderkind photographer Petra Collins, who wears her's casually over vintage tees, or Elizabeth Moss, who looks effortlessly precious on the cover of New York Magazine.
I'm asking this: Is normcore a fleeting trend, or is it a bigger movement in fashion that's shaping the way we dress indefinitely? I'm ready to blow my birthday money on the perfect pair of overalls—loose fitting, wide in the torso with a straight leg—that I can winter-ize with chunky sweaters or polish up with a button-down à la Alexa Chung. The only thing stopping me is the fear that the pendulum of fashion will render overalls passé once spring rolls around. That fear is slowly fading, though, as normcore staples like Nike socks and mom jeans continue to populate the street. I'm leaning towards the idea of these casual, 90s-tinged basics as a look with staying power rather than a fad. I'm predicting that even the most luxurious pieces will get normified in upcoming seasons, like a trench coat resembling a north face windbreaker more than a Sherlock signature.
So I guess it's decided; I'm buying overalls. Just promise you'll stop me at the Birkenstocks.
Not yet over overalls (a.k.a. Lindsay)