.... I have become obsessed. Despite all my protestations at just "trying" them out and my ridicule of them in blue and thinking only the black would work, well.... I really like them. The dreaded dungarees of course.
I honestly thought they would work for a couple of outfits but I *think* I've got them cracked. There are many of you out there who may well be thinking "dear Lord woman. Do not be allowed near a credit card at certain times of the month. You are deluded..." but I'm past caring.
I wish I could tell you how comfy they are. (well I can tell you, but I wish I could convey how comfy...) And, the one potential issue that was flagged previously of how difficult it would be to take a comfort break in, well I can confidently report that it's not nearly as arduous a task as it is going for a wee in a jumpsuit. Far less fabric to risk peeing/standing on and as you've got a top on underneath the dungarees, it's not nearly as chilly.
So yes, I have been wearing the black versions far more than I thought I would and I do think (she says modestly) I've been able to style them in a number of different ways that have worked pretty well (as different as the same pair of bottoms with a bib can be.....ie I've worn a number of different jackets and coats with them. Whoop de whoop)
But that, in my book, is the definition of success. Something that fits seamlessly into your wardrobe and makes full use of existing favourites that you have.
In fact, I am so over the moon with them (did I mention that they are like wearing jamas?) that I think (she says back pedalling like Michael Jackson on speed) I might have to buy an indigo pair as well.
Just to get further inspiration and to make sure I'm not losing my admittedly tiny mind, I've had another look on Pinterest and I am now more than quietly confident.
So, looks that inspire. Let's go. These I LOVE.
Love the idea of the big scarf. I think I'd swap the shoes for flats for every day but I do think they would work for a night out in the pub....
It does appear that you have to wear your sunglasses 24/7 for this look to work and there is the slight concern I would look more Roy Orbison than cool, sophisticated West Village hipster but in for a penny.... (and I wouldn't be wafting my bosoms around like a nubile young thing either - there would be scaffolding for my albeit fried egg chest and a far more robust tee going on than in this pic)
Starting with ones that I know fit and fit well as I bought the black ones but kept my bargain £10 H&M ones instead. Except that they've SOLD OUT in my size. SEEEEE????? (I'm ignoring the fact it's probably mostly 15 year olds that have bought them. Details schmetails)
MOTO Indigo Long Dungarees £48
However I've also found these at Fat Face and as we have one locally, I'm going to go and see if I can try them on tomorrow. They look pretty much the perfect mix of ever so slightly distressed and a great price.
Fat Face Vintage Dungarees £48 I am slightly concerned they look child sized here.
Also in short supply again at M&S (so someone's buying them....) but there are a few sizes left and they do them in different sizes. I'm not sure if these are too pale for me, but again, I'm going to see if I can try them tomorrow.
M&S Denim Dungarees £45
I did try these on (and sized up to a 12 as Next sizing is very random) and they were massive. They definitely do look better on the loose side but too baggy just gave me a whiff of homeless. Not entirely what I was after. I do know though that people have raved about the black pair (the love for the blue denim isn't as bountiful) and these are the same cut. I would say, buy your usual size.
Mid Blue Denim Dungarees £35 - alas they don't do a darker indigo pair. Seeing as they're like rocking horse poo in alternative shades though, these may well have to be tried on.
ASOS Full Length in Vintage Mid Wash £45 - Ok so I like the almost tiny kick flare on the leg (seemingly that's what it looks like....) I hate the shoes so much I want to cry and I'm not sure about the distressing. As much as I adore distressing usually on jeans, I feel that on dungarees it gives it a more "functional used for dirty work" look... But I may well be overthinking this (never....)
Curve ball now but this could definitely be an option.... A cross between dungarees and a jumpsuit... hmmmm
Dahlia Dungaree Jumpsuit with side pockets £60
But for a bargain price, these may just be the ticket from New Look.... if they hadn't sold out in my size at ASOS where I love ordering from as it's so ridiculously easy. GAH. Clearly I am very late to the party with the dark denim dungarees, oh ye of little faith. (sold out in my size at New Look too.... someone is trying to tell me something...)
New Look Dark Denim Dungarees £26.99
Oh hang on - I've found another pair.. that are, yet again, sold out in my size. This is a conspiracy.....
Glamorous Denim Dungaree £42 Now there more sizes available in the Tall version of these... Apart from mine that is....
And then I started to struggle.... Probably the reason why these are sold out everywhere is that in reality, there aren't that many of them around in a dark denim. I am clearly not the first to have a brainwave of these being the easiest thing to wear and mix and match with your wardrobe, for years. (over egging the pudding slightly there.... )
Did find another pair at Pull&Bear but in my experience, everything from here does come up on the small side. Not great for Tallies.
Long Denim Dungarees 45.99 Euro (£39.99)
So all in all, now that I know they're going to be difficult to get hold of, I officially NEED a pair. That's me sorted tomorrow morning - trip to Fat Face & M&S.
I'm also going to just throw this pic in at the very end - is anyone prophetic enough to predict where I might go next?
Alas, there is a (who would have thought it) sensible side of my brain that screams "You'll look like an extra on DIY SOS. Step away from the white ones......" I usually manage to feed that side of my brain copious amounts of alcohol so it falls into line with the rest of my nutty self - cue me trying white dungarees very shortly.
Break it to me gently... I know, I know, you all think I'm nuts. Well, I'll be happy and nuts (so long as I manage to find a pair that is.. I have loads of outfit ideas so watch this space)
Finishing with outfit from today. Friends came over for coffee as I was once again at home with the poorly 10 yr old who finally seems to be on the mend after three days with a sky high temperature but not a lot else wrong with her (but bless her, she clearly feels super rank and just not right). Had to cancel my highlights appointment which is more than overdue (going on Tuesday thank goodness) but a had a lovely day in with her. Thank heavens the builders are still here as I managed to do the school run, take the boys to swimming and tennis and bomb to the supermarket (dear lord all the glamour)
Tonight however, off to a Dinner Party at some of our closest friends' house so that's something to look forward to (even if I will have to do my own hair...!)
Grey Easy Day Jumper - Boden
White jeans with edging - Isabel Marant
Black Tuxedo Blazer - Hush
Scarf - All Saints
White cracked leather Stan Smiths -
Black quilted bag - Zara
So whilst on my hunt for dungarees, one retailer really really stood out for me as having about a gazillion things I could buy. (minus dungarees) I shall be bringing them to you tomorrow - planning on dragging you all down with me, with my massive wish list that I know load of you will be salivating over as well.