Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Can grown women wear dungarees?

I've been chatting with some of my fellow fashion bloggers about dungarees. It all started last week when we were discussing them and how they are EVERYWHERE in the stores right now ... I thought it might be fun to do a blogger challenge (you know the sort of style collaboration where you each take 1 item and 'make it your own'). But then life got in the way and I didn't have the time to focus on this. However, one of us did - Poppy's Style - she hasn't yet put anything on her blog (yet) but we were very privileged to see a photo of her in her dungarees behind closed doors and man alive it split the camp. Some totally loathed the look (dungarees on a grown woman) and some liked the look .. some even went as far as to say they loved it! We created a virtual bench for us all to sit on and one by one we're filling up that bench with a 'no, I don't like them' opinion. I admire Joanna for continuing with her love of them despite a split camp!

I can JUST about look at Tiffany Wendel in her dungarees but if you look at why it might work it's because she's covered up half of the dungarees with a blazer - so really she just looks cool in her boyfriend style jeans. I actually think she could make anything look good though.

My personal belief is that denim dungarees look cute on small children. Grown women can step and walk away from the trend (however, I do reserve all rights to eat my words, when in, 1 year I am raving about them!)

With all of that said, here is how I could do the dungaree look and I think it's all down to the fact that they are not denim

ASOS Tailored Dungarees - £45



And over to the lady who started this - Abby Clancy (source Daily Mail)


So if you really want denim dungarees then here are my top 3 places to buy












Where do you stand on the marmite item that is dungarees? How is it possible for a grown woman to make them look good?


Fiona
xoxo

24 comments :

  1. Mine are the ASOS ones - and crumbs now you've outed me I better get them on a blog post!

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    1. I wasn't sure if you were going to post a post or just leave it as a behind closed door discussion

      YAY to seeing photos again - it's needed for others to make an informed decision

      Fiona

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  2. I have bought some black taper leg ones from ASOS. I have yet to wear them (saving them for a weekend away next week!) but I love them, and even my husband likes them (I'm a month away from 40!) And yes Joanna - we want to see yours!!!

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    1. Do you think it makes a difference being black and not blue denim? I like the ASOS black ones, I'm not keen at all on denim ones - yet in essence they are both dungarees
      Would love to see you in yours

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    2. Yes - maybe the black ones look a little more grown up. But on the other hand, I have a fairly quirky look anyway, so I wouldn't really describe myself as grown up! It may be that I can remember having a pair of denim ones circa 1990!!!

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    3. I can too but think more late 70s when I was 7!
      I can see how the black ones/grey tweed can work but still it's one step from comfort zone!

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  3. first reaction was NO WAY, but actually looking at the pics they all look great, especially the taper leg onea. i live the photos through Tiffany's artfully dirty mirror, very forgiving!

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    1. I went from YAY to NOOOO to YAY to NOOOO all in one day! I am currently stuck in the middle again. I think NOOOO to blue denim but a little YAY to black

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  4. As Kat would say, 'my eyes, my eyes!!'

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    1. LOL!! I am strangely drawn to the black ones from ASOS though ... I think I need to go and lie down

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    2. I like the black one's too Fiona! I think I may try the RI ones when I'm next in store!x

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  5. I have these ones, and they are surprisingly flattering:
    http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Dungarees-in-Twill/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2545109&cid=16273&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Black

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    1. Yes I can see how this style would work - be brave and show and tell over on avenue57.com - pretty please!

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  6. OK - I will do once I get to wear them! And as someone who frequently wears a shorts and tights combo, I'm quite tempted to get a short pair too, a la Alexa Chung - watch this space!! ;)

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  7. Hard for me as my daughters wear them so I said no but Joanna does look good in them. I of course am far too old and wore them first time round!

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    1. If I had daughters, and they were wearing something as statement at these then I'd avoid totally!
      I do think Joanna looked great from the waist down - they were just a pair of boyfriend jeans then .. it's the bib thing - it's just wrong on every level

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  8. I do think grown women can wear dungarees, but they have to be styled properly. The last time I tried them I couldn't make them work. I applaud the ladies who can.

    (Can I add? Loathe the ones on Abby. They fit funny and the top looks like a baby bib).

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    1. It's teh bib part that gets me every time as to why they really don't work - styled or not!!

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  9. Oh please, girls. Just wear what you like! Who cares if we're 'supposed' to like them or not. There are no rules...... x

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    1. True! I admire those that wear what they want!

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  10. I like them! Very Dexy's!! However, not sure they are very practical (always a strap down the toilet problem when I wore them as a child).

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