Shall I give you yet another example why I sometimes make the most ill-fated choices in the history of mankind? Irrespective of your answer, I'm going to share one of the 'oh-so-not-very-brilliant' decisions I made as of late: leaving my amazing pair of dungarees in Malta.
Yes, yes, even I jumped on the dungaree bandwagon (or, according to some, the farmer's tractor). I remember buying this classic slightly worn out pair of dungarees from Stradivarius two or three Summers ago during their final sale days when everything was reduced to below five euro. I wore it a couple of times, attracted a few weird looks and had a shortlived love affair with it until I made the wise decision to leave it behind when I moved to London. Congratulations Lara.
Dungarees - long or short, trouser-style or skirted - are everywhere so I won't have any trouble replacing mine with a simple one off the high street. Even though I've been meaning to do a how I style dungarees post for over a year now, I now have a perfect excuse since not only is it a cult item this season, it's also quite tricky to style. Here's my take on it.
The Pretty Pattern Blocker
So, for my first try, I wanted to mix two very Spring patterns: breton and florals. This is something that you're very likely to see at Brick Lane. Dungarees also come in different colours and patterns, so let's not stick to the usual ones only. I find the above option to be very fun and playful, ideal for a picnic or a day out in the park (hoping it's not too windy or else you'd easily return home without a hat).
A Touch of Bohemia
This is probably how I'm most likely to wear a dungaree myself. It's a laid-back yet dressed-up way of taking it down the streets of London (or anywhere really). I'd obviously choose a white shirt of an oversized boyfriend cut and make it look as slouchy as possible. The dungarees' cuffs would also be rolled up for a little more character. Accessorise with brown and top it all off (literally) with your favourite hat. Note to self: I need a new hat.
This Is What Makes Us Girls
Finally, the more girly option. Pinafores are dungarees with skirts. Wow, how intelligent of me haha! Anyway, even pinafores are a cute way of sporting the trend if you're not into the pant version. I would give this a try during a warm Summer's day for a trip to an island (I want a Maxokk pizza from Gozo presto!). You can choose to leave some midriff showing in between the skirt and the crop top. I'd say a little goes a long way, so don't exaggerate. If you want to keep your tummy to yourself, make sure you raise your skirt part well enough to hide any gaps between the two garments. A headscarf would also look great with it all.
I'm toying with the idea of making a collage of my favourite dungarees out on the high street at the moment and provide it to you on my blog or on my Facebook Page. Let me know whether that would make your life better. I can be your dungaree Messiah.