Dungarees are not everyone’s cup of tea. I’ve admired them on others for ages but until now haven’t been brave enough to try them, which is odd given how much I love jumpsuits; that extra bit of fabric seems to make all the difference! Anyway, not one to shy away from taking a sartorial risk, I ordered these from Asos in the sale. If you don’t try, you’ll never know, right?
When they arrived I wasn’t sure if I liked them or not. I tried them with a roll neck sweater but wasn’t convinced. The combination of the square bib and high neck looked too blocky on me. Being stubborn, I really didn’t want to admit defeat and return them so I decided to try them with a shirt. I had two in mind – this one and a blush pink one with tan in the print. I was convinced the pink one would work best but curiosity made me try this one first. Partly because I pushed for time, I never bothered with the pink one. In fact, I was surprised by how much I liked these tan cord dungarees and vintage shirt together. So much so that I wore this outfit to work.
Isobel loved these dungarees immediately and told me to keep them. However, Pete saw it as an opportunity to tease me with Huckleberry Finn jokes. Rather than deter me from wearing them, it had quite the opposite effect. Told you I’m stubborn! This vintage shirt isn’t the best fit to be honest. I think it’s handmade and the seams are a bit basic. Also, as is often the case with vintage tops, the sleeves are a bit too short and tight. I really liked the print though so I was prepared to take a risk.
Wearing the shirt open at the neck makes it sit better, and it gave me the opportunity to showcase my gorgeous necklace from Jewel Editions. It’s perfect for either wearing alone or layered with some longer necklaces. I chose rose gold but it’s also available in silver and yellow gold. (I wish I’d have wiped my fingerprint off before the photo!)
A little trick of mine is to wear boots in the same colour as my trousers for a leg lengthening effect, so I was rather pleased to have found the perfect match for the dungarees with these old ones from Marks & Spencer. It’s not often I wear an outfit devoid of bright colour but I was really happy with how this one turned out…despite the teasing!
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