How has it taken me this long to discover dungarees?
So comfortable. So easy to wear. But also (and here’s why I hesitated) quite easy to get wrong. Hence my avoidance of them for so long. I would, I worried, look like I was auditioning to be a Cbeebies presenter (not that there’s anything inherently wrong with presenting children’s television, but it’s not my chosen career). Or that I was trying to dress like my daughter. Or that – at 5ft 3″ – I would look vaguely infantile.
Oh how I wrong I was. (At least, I hope I’m wrong.) I love them.
For those who are similarly hesitant, I say fear not! But maybe don’t leap straight into that baggy boyfriend style. So, whilst I love the wide leg crop look, it wasn’t the best entry point. These Topshop slim leg dungarees were the perfect combination of fit (I sized down to get them fitted at the waist) and style – casual without being too casual. I’ve been wearing them with (one of my many) pretty blouses and – for preference, (although trainers make more sense off-duty) slightly dressy flats. As we still require a top layer, I’ve worn my favourite Isabel Marant Etoile jacket (this is similar – or try Vestiaire) or my trench (try this from Asos). I’m enjoying them so much, I’m now wondering about the black version.
When I asked for recommendations on Instagram, dungarees from Madewell, River Island and Levi’s came out on top (after good old Toppers, of course). I also like these from Gap (which get bonus points for being on sale), and am beginning to feel tempted by these cropped dungarees from Topshop. You dip a toe in and look what happens…
1. Slim leg dungarees, £49, Topshop; 2. Stripe tee, £45, Hush; 3. Wrap ruffle blouse, £49, & Other Stories; 4. Pointed ballet flats, £59, & Other Stories; 5. Pink trainers, £28, Topshop; 6. Shalia top, £59, Monsoon; 7. Cropped wide leg, £49, Topshop; 8. Denim dungarees, £24, H&M