If there’s one factor Katie Holmes is aware of, it’s the way to seamlessly mix excessive vogue with the extremely reasonably priced. Certain, you may recurrently spot the actor strolling via New York in off-the-runway Chloé clothes or Saint Laurent luggage, however you’re simply as more likely to see her pairing them with Reformation sandals or Mango denims. And as for the cost of that notorious Khaite cashmere bra and cardigan set? It was, undeniably, eye-watering—however Holmes did put on it with under-$200 sunglasses and a long-beloved pair of Acne Studios mules. She may prefer to splash out, however Holmes additionally is aware of a discount when she sees one.
But even essentially the most totally paid-up followers of Holmes’s laid-back, haute bohemian fashion should have had one thing of a shock final evening. Arriving at Madison Sq. Backyard for the 2022 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Awards, Holmes’s look didn’t simply cherry-pick from throughout value factors this time, but additionally from throughout the many years. In a strapless, deep blue mini costume worn over denim denims—the frayed hems poking over the tops of her black New Stability sneakers—Holmes’s Y2K-inspired look embraced one of the vital divisive tendencies of the season: skirts over pants.
Again in September, Vogue’s Christian Allaire famous the increasing presence of this deceptively sensible fashion answer each on the runway and in road fashion galleries, bearing on each its early-2000s progenitors like Ashley Tisdale and the manufacturers reviving it, together with cult London labels Chopova Lowena and Stefan Cooke. Nonetheless, whereas I don’t disagree that it’s a factor, I’ve to confess, it wasn’t a pattern I used to be anticipating Holmes to get on board with.
If something, Holmes’s tackle the dress-over-denim look jogged my memory of her first flush of fame as Joey on Dawson’s Creek. Joey’s love of dungarees, tank tops, and fisherman-style sweaters are all well-documented (and within the age of TikTok, most likely overdue a revival) so to see Holmes lean into her Y2K fashion origins feels surprisingly charming. So long as a fully-fledged revival of frayed denim doesn’t occur? I’m down for Katie bringing all of it the way in which again—and should the skirt-over-pant pattern proceed.