Dungarees are funny – they represent more than a style statement. For most of us born in the 80s they bring us right back to a very carefree time. I remember my first pair, I was 8 and my shape was similar to that of a barrel, but I got a dark denim floral print dungaree. They were brilliant and I was in love. Fast forward to 2015, and I am back sporting a khaki green number in cotton.
I always liked dungarees, and admired people who could carry them off. I thought they were simply the preserve of a waif-like frame – very thin legs and small hips – but when my athletic frame looked somewhat OK in one pair, I knew they were a must-buy.
But as I said, the dungaree represents many things. My friend Shellie claims when she wears her short dungarees, all she wants to do is wear her hair in a bun and begin a DIY project immediately. When I wore mine, a male friend said all he thought of when he saw them was pregnant women. This, I cannot lie, was not good for my self esteem – had I returned to my former barrel-like glory days or had he seen one too many Hollywood movies with dungaree-wearing pregnant women?!
Either way, I have rocked my khaki number from Penneys on several occasions and each time I wear them, I like them more and more. But definitely only for a casual or day time look as these particular ones would not work at night.
Teamed with a simple well fitted T-shirt or sleeveless cami, the dungaree has offered an alternative to a simple trouser or skirt day time ensemble. I’m also mulling over investing in a denim pair, but should I leave those firmly in my past?
Pictured (right) on one of the only good days we had this summer with tan flats, a Breton stripped T-shirt and a beautiful Yves Saint Laurent box clutch.
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