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Overall The Rivers and Through the Woods

 photo over_zps0bc82470.jpg Rihanna in Topshop, Miroslava Duma in Acne, Alessandria Ambrosio in Topshop

I’ll just come right out and say it: overalls are back. A natural evolution from the one-piece jumpers that have been hot for at least the last five seasons, this trend has been quietly gathering steam for months. It has erupted into a full force trend as everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, suddenly hopped on board: Rihanna has been spotted in the same washed out Topshop pair that is a favorite of model Alessandra Ambrosio; fashion maverick Miroslava Duma has worn both a casual, denim pair for hanging out with friends as well as a luxurious leather oxblood pair by ACNE, and Alexa Chung has been seen on no less than four occasions in different pairs of dungarees: a dark denim, bell bottomed pair, an oversized pair of overall shorts, a 70's inspired royal blue jean set with a sunny yellow blouse.

The designers also sent many pairs down the runways: showcasing the versatility of this trend, Jean Paul Gaultier's over-the-top croc pair was on the opposite end of the spectrum from Ralph Lauren's All-American denim (inspired, in his own words, by " the character of the worker, the farmer, the cowboy, the pioneer women of the prairies living authentically through challenging times... the honesty of their work-wear..."). And Philip Lim, the leader of the new cool on this trend, set fashion tongues a-wagging with with the modern, streamlined leather constructions of his Resort 2013 collection.
   photo overalls2_zpsc6860eb3.jpg Jean Paul Gaultier, Ralph Lauren, Philip Lim Resort

This is an item that you can easily dress up or down. Pair a baggy jean pair with a simple t-shirt and sneakers for a cool, laidback look, while a streamlined leather or printed pair can be jazzed up with high heels, an interesting blouse, or a leather jacket. There are a nice variety of jumpers over at Nasty Gal: try the striped Fast Track Overalls, $78, for a night out on the town, or the fun, flirty Sweet Sunday Overalls, $62, for running errands. Last but not least, the one of a kind So Demanding Overalls, $68, with their quilted shorts and chain link straps, are sure to stand out from a crowd.

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