Having started life as protective clothing for workman, the humble dungarees have once again popped into the fashion conscious. Think dungarees aren’t for you? Think again! So many styles means there is an overall for everyone.
Traditional dungarees are trousers or jeans with a bib attached by braces and date back as far as the 1890s when they were worn as protective clothing in factories. Since the sixties dungarees dropped their traditional work wear image and started to be worn as fashion items. This season fashion has fallen in love once again with the playful overalls. If you are no longer in your early twenties, approach with caution and look to famous dungaree fans like Alexa Chung and Fearne Cotton on how to work this trend without looking like an overgrown toddler.
If full on overalls feels like a step to far, ease yourself into the trend with a dungaree dress or pinafore. Cute, casual and perfect for early spring the dungaree dress has all the charm of the traditional dungarees without the acres of fabric. Dungarees don’t have to mean denim so you can make this look work appropriate by mixing smart fabrics with the pinafore style.
For the fashion brave you can step up your dungaree style by experimenting with different cuts and fabrics. Mix up your trends and revisit the seventies with some wide leg flared dungarees or go cute and playful as we head into spring with short dungarees in a floral print. Loose fitting, luxurious fabrics like silk, when paired with heels, will take your dungarees on a girl’s night out and all over patterns will earn you extra fashion points.
Avoid a “Blue Steel” stare with this look; this is a trend to have fun with. Never take yourself or your dungarees too seriously!
By Samantha Vandersteen