If there’s one factor Katie Holmes is aware of, it’s methods to seamlessly mix excessive trend with the extremely inexpensive. Positive, you would possibly often spot the actor strolling by way of New York in off-the-runway Chloé attire 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 sun shades and a long-beloved pair of Pimples Studios mules. She would possibly prefer to splash out, however Holmes additionally is aware of a discount when she sees one.
But even probably the most absolutely paid-up followers of Holmes’s laid-back, haute bohemian type 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 worth factors this time, but additionally from throughout the many years. In a strapless, deep blue Tove mini costume worn over denim denims—the frayed hems poking over the tops of her black New Steadiness sneakers—Holmes’s Y2K-inspired look embraced one of the crucial divisive developments of the season: skirts over pants.
Again in September, Vogue’s Christian Allaire famous the rising presence of this deceptively sensible type resolution each on the runway and in avenue type galleries, relating 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 type 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.