I’m always that person that has a hundred million things in my hands, all at once. Being a Stylist doesn’t help – with a phone under my arm, a clip in my right hand, a water bottle in my left, and trying to cling onto the description tag with my pinky, it’s safe to say, I never have enough hands to hold everything all at once. I mean, of course you need to do everything at once, right?
The last few weeks have really tested my multitasking factor. But with ‘fashion’ as being (surprisingly) useful, I found a way to help with my ‘I can hold everything at once’ personality, as well as looking somewhat, put together.
The Dungaree. We all associate this handy piece of clothing with 90’s American mom culture, pregnancy life and painting days at home. But oh no. The dungaree is making a come-back, not least for how useful the piece of clothing actually is (note: what other piece of clothing will you find having six pockets, easy to move around in, and actually look really cool with a pair of trainers?)
The way trends are moving, the dungaree is suddenly becoming ‘cool’ again – not only is it useful, it is also becoming a template for more contemporary designs – take COS for instance. Taking the traditional shape of the Dungaree, COS has created the pleated cotton apron dress, whereas Monki has transformed the traditional ‘denim’ fabrication, and made the striped dungaree dress. The dungaree is now not just a style we keep at the back of the wardrobe for our comfort days.
It is very easy to fall back into wearing the Dungaree as a casual piece of clothing, and that is primarily what it is. Paired with a crop logo tee, or an oversized slouchy tee tied at the waist, the Dungaree is perfect for the days at work where you’re moving around a lot, or the Saturdays where you’re not quite feeling getting the food shop done. Paired with a pair of converse or Chelsea boots, you’re on your way to understated ‘cool’ dressing.
But who says this clever piece of clothing can’t be worn for more formal occasions? team with a pointed sling back, a pair of attention grabbing earrings, combined with a black ribbed crop top, the dungaree is perfect for girly drinks, or even cocktails with the newest guy on the scene.
And how else to find the perfect pair of dungarees? A trusty shopping list, well acquainted with the occasions that necessitate a pair of dungarees.
The day at work.
It’s Monday. You’ve had a heavy weekend and the one thing you don’t want to do is wear anything restrictive – it was hard enough getting out of your warm bed this morning, never mind wearing tight skinny jeans, and trying to make sure that shirt stays tied for the whole day. You want to look stylist, but you really don’t have the energy today. Don’t worry. I’ve got you sorted.
Wearing a classic dunagree dress with statement earrings and an interesting tee, is both comfortable and stylist, and really does make it seem like you’ve made an effort. Paired with cow boy boots and black tights, and you’ve got yourself a comfortable monday outfit.
The Friday Night drinks.
You’re looking to wear something a little more interesting than the ‘cute top and jeans’ get -up, and you’re not feeling a leatard. I mean, it’s not really a big night out, you’re just trying that new cocktail place that’s just opened up on the highstreet. It’s time to stand out a bit from the crowd, and wear something a little bit interesting.
It’s time to pull out the leather dungaree look. With a figure-hugging crop top underneath, a pair of eye-catching stilletoes, and a faux fur coat, you’ve got cocktail evening sorted out… not to mention, staying unbelievably comfortable.
The Job interview.
Now, hear me out. I know this is pretty risky wearing some kind of dungaree to a job interview – but it’s not what you wear, it’s how you style it (and attention to detail). You’ve got a job interview at that new magazine you’ve always loved, and you need to grab their attention, as well as looking like you know your shit.
The COS dunagree-esque dress is perfect for this. Combined with a clean, fresh cotton shirt, and a low heel pointed sling back, you could give Audrey Hepburn a run for her money. Teamed with a leather gilet, you’ve added in the ‘toughness’ factor. Who said you couldn’t wear dungarees to a job interview?
And there we have it – dungarees aren’t just for being lazy and when we can’t be bothered. The dungaree has spent too much time at the back of our wardrobes, it’s time to start using it to our benefit and have fun with such an iconic piece of clothing.. and not to mention, its usefullness.