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Dungarees are back and back with a stylish BANG!

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90’s fashion fans rejoice!!! Dungarees are back and are planning to stay around for a while.  Some of you may shudder at the thought of this as once associated with hillbillies (I know….!!!) labour-instense manual workers (boiler suits!), clowns (I know that’s stooping a bit low but stay with me here), 90’s grunge fashion and children (I’m all about embracing your inner-child!) – this iconic piece of clothing has proved it’s fashion worth and back with a humble yet stylish vengeance.

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Where did they come from?

Dungarees have been around since 1792 and originally used as protective clothing for slaves, farmers and manual workers.  Because they were made of inexpensive, rough fabric and poorly woven, they carried a stigma of low status.  They then became quite versatile and ideal work-wear for factory working women during the First World War and by the start of the 1950’s they began to enter mainstream fashion circles.  Of course, they have always been popular as children’s clothing and there’s a fine line between donning a pair, making it look stylish OR being mistaken for a child lol!

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Trend Alert

Everyone who’s anyone has been digging their dungarees out of the wardrobes lately with both New York and London Fashion Weeks awash with dungarees.  You could almost say, they were the staple outfit from being practical, comfortable, warm (it is winter in  New York and London afterall) when all layered up and versatile!  Countless amount of fashion bloggers could be seen running from catwalk show to catwalk show donning this key fashion piece of the season and posing for street style photographers on very street corner.   In celebville, everyone from Alexa Chung, Rhianna, Taylor Swift, Karlie Kloss, Kylie Jenner, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne and Selena Gomez are fans of the historic piece of clothing and you know if Alexa wears it……………well….you know it’s gonna be fashionable!

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For this blog post I styled the same pair of dark blue denim dungarees from River Island (and now on sale on ASOS!!) with an array of different accessories to attempt to show 3 versatile dissimilar looks. The dungarees themselves I have to admit are super comfy and I chose the culotte pair as I thought they would be cute to style, on-trend and work great as both a day-time and night-time outfit.

First Look: Chic Night-time Look

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For this look, I teamed the dungarees with primarily red as I absolutely love the combination of dark blue denim with red and navy with a nod to the nautical trend.  The heels from Public Desire add the glam factor to the outfit – again super-comfy because of the block heel and I CANNOT seem to get away from that lace-up trend in shoes/sandals.  I’m just drawn to these nowadays.  I suppose I love how similar they are to high ankle boots and the cut-out design gives them a bit of an edge.

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The white chiffon blouse with navy bow-tie is from Primark/Penney’s and another look/style which I’m obsessed with from last season and into this season.  The clutch continues the pop of red colour in the outfit and of course some red lippy (MAC Ruby Woo of course!!) and I’m good to go! A simple look which would look great for a lunch, brunch, dinner, night-out…..whatever!

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Shop my look:

Dungarees: River Island – buy here (and on sale now!!)

Cut-out Shoes: Public Desire – buy here

Bow-tie chiffon blouse:  Primark/Penney’s – buy similar here (although this is a black ribbon – you can always add your own navy ribbon)

Clutch Bag: Suite Blanco – buy similar here 

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Second Look: Smart-Casual Day to Night Look

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For this second look, I went for a more day-to-night, smart-casual look teaming the dungarees with a burnt orange shirt from H&M, a statement necklace from River Island and Primark/Penney’s faux fur bag.  The shoes I couldn’t decide on so I paired the look with both Primark/Penney’s navy pumps (below) and my fav boots of the season – the burnt orange suede ASOS fringe booties (above).

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Shop My Look:

Dungarees: River Island – buy here (and on sale now!!)

Burnt Orange Shirt: H&M – see here (in stores in the UAE now)

Statement Necklace: River Island – buy similar here

Faux Fur Bag: Primark/Penney’s – buy similar here

Suede fringe boots: ASOS – buy here (and on sale!!)

Navy pointy-toe heels: Primark/Penneys – buy similar here

Sunglasses: Quay Australia – buy here

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Third Look: Relaxed, casual look

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For this final look, I paired it down for a relaxed and casual feel and a complete ‘run-around’ look! Perfect for the school run, shopping, lunch and just running around the place as again dungarees are really comfortable and can be easily layered for chillier days if needs be.  Of course, my trusted and favourite Adidas Original Superstars made an appearance as well as my monogrammed (we all know I’m obsessed with personalising and monogramming EVERYTHING lol) Gigi New York cross body bag with my initials.  The top is a simple off-the-shoulder striped basic from H&M channelling some Parisian chic and the wired head-scarf accessory is also from H&M.  Simple, comfy and relaxed!

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Shop My Look:

Dungarees: River Island – buy here (and on sale now!!)

Striped top: H&M – see here (in stores in the UAE now in the H&M Basic section)

Adidas Original Superstars – buy here

Madison crossbody monogrammed bag: Gigi New York – buy here

Wired head scarf: H&M – buy similar here (also on sale)

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Photobomb: courtesy of my adorable 2 year old!

So the question is ladies……to dungaree or not to dungaree? For me, I think dungarees are a very wearable and comfortable trend. I have noticed a lot of pregnant yummy mummies-to-be wearing dungarees as well as the pinafore options which are also super-cute and comfy.  Yes it’s a trend that comes and goes like many others but I for one am glad it’s back for this season and I love how there are so many options and colours to choose from on the High Street – we are certainly spoilt for choice.

On that note……I will leave you as usual with some words of wisdom to ponder over ha, ha…………until next time……….

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Happy Shopping

Irene xoxo

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