The jean bib is to Alexa Chung (United Kingdom, 1983) what the black turtleneck sweater is to Audrey Hepburn: she does not always wear it nor is it her best look – indeed, it is far from her more sophisticated aesthetic – but when you try to build her image in your head there are many (very many) chances that you will imagine her with that garment on. Designer, presenter and fashion icon for a generation confessed her love for Dickies in a recent interview in How To Spend It , the magazine lifestyle of the Financial Times Edited by the famous fashion journalist Jo Ellison: “The hallmark of my personal style is the denim, especially the dungarees; I feel safe with them. Whenever I wear them it is as if I lived up to my true personality ”. Alexa, who compares their aesthetics when she takes them to the mix of a builder and a child in equal parts, notes in this article that anyone who wears them looks immediately cool because of their understated and laid-back style. Her first pair, bought in the early 1990s, was a white one with patterned flowers – “probably from the Gap,” she adds. Those of Celine, in the railway style, and the one she designed for the first collection of her own eponymous clothing brand are among her favorites.
It is not the first time that Alexa confesses that the childish style is an intrinsic part of her desired style . The overalls she shared on her Instagram account last December 2020 – the last one was on March 26 – is a good example of that characteristic childish touch that she always brings to her looks and a whole lesson in style on how wear overalls in the middle of winter : with a long-sleeved sailor striped T-shirt, retro sneakers, a woolen hat and a duffle coat. The post was so successful that there were not a few publications that echoed it, putting the emphasis once again on this garment that, for many women (including ourselves), is complex to wear past 30 but which, of course, we have no intention of giving up. The key, like everything, is in styling.
A day before posting this famous look, Alexa shared the photo that had inspired her to put on her fetish garment once again: an image of a young Nastassja Kinski in denim overalls and a long coat that she had previously uploaded to her profile @simplicitycity , a famous inspirational account whose founder we already interviewed in 2019. The text with which Alexa “re-programmed it” left no room for doubt: “every day”. It has not been her only reference in relation to dungarees on this social network: the day before Halloween night in 2018, Alexa posted the image of Shelley Duvall in the role of Wendy Torrance in The Shining (1980) with her iconic look composed of a corduroy bib, a plaid shirt and a turtleneck underneath. “For me, the easiest costume in the world considering my current wardrobe and my emotional state,” he wrote about it with his particular touch of humor.
Taking into account its presence in the 2021 spring-summer shows – Isabel Marant, Louis Vuitton, Hermès … – and its ubiquity in the late 90s and early 2000s – a period that has inspired many of the current collections – it is not surprising that it is one of the great trends of the season. The ideal moment, without a doubt, to prepare your user manual with the hand of the one who knows the most about how to wear a denim overalls from the age of 30. Thank you, Alexa.