Designers have fallen head over heels in love with the denim all-in-one for resort 2017/18. The versatility of this key item means it’s likely to be a keeper and could morph smoothly into the spring/summer ’18 collections too.
Whether in distressed or pristine denim, chambray or any one of a number of denim-look materials, the focus is on functionality and comfort. The newest versions come defiantly un-belted, but we all know that lots of wearers will find that a step too far and will pull them in at the waist with one of the season’s cincher: corset- or skinny belts.
The big opportunity for feminizing the look that’s been embraced by Dondup and The Great is at ground level with legs rolled up or cropped so they overall can be teamed with heels (or kept ultra-mannish with a pair of heavy duty Dr. Martens, it’s all up to the wearer).
Girly girls can have fun too if they want to take the denim all-in-one into sweeter or sexier territory, with a more fitted silhouette. Balmain has mixed its signature sexy edge with its rock chick credentials for a bustier style that makes the most of frayed edges and figured denim to define the female form. But Balmain would do that, wouldn’t it?
Less aggressively sexy is Re/Done’s version that channels a kind of 70’s Charlie’s Angel style. Back in the 70’s, the look would have been all about big hair, lip gloss and cleavage. And that’s all fine now too. It’s all about a look that’s confident in its femininity without having to ooze sex appeal.
Or you could go ultra-girly. Sea has tapped into the current frill craze for a style that’s youthful and about as far from masculine as it’s possible to get and works well as an after-dark option.
And anyone looking to move their dungarees on has plenty of options too. The fitted standalone of a few seasons back has been replaced by a key item that have loosened up a bit (or a lot) and can be worn over one of the season’s statement blouses and knits. But with some new-season detailing (think frills or strategic embellishments), it can still hold its own as a standalone piece.