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DUNGAREES: HOW TO NOT LOOK LIKE A DICK

Once you get over a) references to The Waltons b) twinning like a toddler or 3) its association with expecting mums (!) then come and embrace the wonder that is denim dungarees.

I’m a super fan because they’re comfy and work hard ALL YEAR ROUND.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while or my Instagram account, then you’ll know that I have a stylish soft spot for any item of clothing that has either been upcycled, is vintage or timeless or just generally falls under the category of  being a ruddy useful item, innit!

Dungarees definitely fall into this latter category.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a fantastically out-there, dare-to-be-different trend but I’m really trying hard to 1) curate a wardrobe that is not wasteful and 2) works for me and the wardrobe space I have. Plus, lets not forget, finances, too!

For me, personal style isn’t about keeping up with the new, it’s about finding fashion that feels good for YOU!

For many, racking up a massive plastic debt does not feel good!

Am I right?

Additionally, having to wrestle daily with a wardrobe, rummaging amongst all the fast-fashion buys, bought as a bargain or a whim, certainly doesn’t make me feel good; not to mention it’s a real farrking time waster when you’ve got a PB to smash on the school run and then a train to catch.

I’ve learnt that over the years, too much choice isn’t always a good thing.

If truth be told, I often reach out for the usual style suspects (denim, grey, black, navy or white) and I’m guessing that a lot of you do, too.

Which is why I am here today, wanging on about dungarees. IMHO, they’re worth the investment and get better with age.

We travel to Cornwall lots and my dungarees ALWAYS come with me.

My advice is to look for a pair that’s made well (check the fastenings and inside seams) and in terms of fit, the actual style hasn’t really changed much from the classic-but-baggy cut that seems to work with most body shapes.

Like any worthy wardrobe item, it may take time to find the right pair – a bit like searching for the perfect jeans. I’ve popped a selection here, that ‘Barbara’ from The Good Life would be very proud of (I frickin’ love this surburban-80s-sitcom style reference!) I’ve included mine too, which are from Fat Face.

I’ve had my pair for over three years now and honestly wear them loads. Admittedly, they might not come across as being super smart, but I’m here to show you how you can dress them up as well as down and for all seasons, too.

Team with a blazer or a Barbour, stud boots or Stans, I love it when one item can work this hard.

Enough of the talk, let’s walk the walk. Here’s how I wear mine, John- Boy…

SPRING: I loved twinning with the 7yo when we went camping in The Cotswolds. Hers are from H&M but we’ve also bought from Next too. For me, a Barbour, bumbag and Hunter wellies and I’m pitch perfect!
SUMMER:  Team with a simple cotton T-shirt and slip on the Stan Smiths. Effortless styling.
AUTUMN: Layer up with a breton t-shirt and military jacket. School run style, nailed!
WINTER: Another beauty about dungarees is that you can wear thermals underneath! Genius when it’s snowing! ! Credits | Neckerchief, Peekaboo Vintage | Coat (old, Miss Guided) | Thermals, Heat Tech at Uniqlo and Heatgen at M&S | Boots, (old stock but click here for something similar)

So there you have it.

I mean I could literally give you fifty more style options of how to wear them. Dungarees are a lot more versatile than you think. Once the weather warms up, I’m looking forward to wearing them with black midi-heels and also my yellow Swedish Hasbeens.

Over to you folks. What do you think? Daunted by dungarees, still?

I promise you, there’s not a paintbrush in sight…

F.T.

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