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ORIGINS SERIES | 02.09.2020
Combining comfort and durability, dungarees are an essential workwear staple. But partnered with the right elements, they're great for play too. However, it’s not always easy to know what to wear with dungarees, so you might have been put off in the past.
Whether you want a summer alternative to denim cut-offs or a different take on traditional jeans, dungarees are the ideal choice. Here's our guide to making this American classic one of your go-to items.
Taking their name from the Hindi word ‘dungri’ (which was a cotton cloth used in making clothes for the workers of 17th Century Bombay), dungarees have become a staple of American style. With our Dickies® Bib Overall, we turned this workwear icon into a fashion must-have. Today, our dungarees are still built to last, while offering you a durable foundation to outfits for all occasions.
How do you dress up dungarees?
When it comes to dressing up dungarees, it’s hard to know what to wear, but there are certain garments that go perfectly well like a blazer or roll-neck top. You could also wear your dungarees differently to dress them up, for example by rolling up the legs.
Get creative with accessories
Dungarees are ideal for festival season, giving you that laidback look with added comfort. Get festival-ready by adding in some retro accessories - check out this bold bum bag - double the pockets, double the fun.
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Roll up the legs
Roll up the legs on your dungarees and add some high heels for a classic evening look with a twist, or opt for bright block heels to really make a statement. For men, a bold or patterned pair of socks paired with your favourite trainers makes for a casual and stylish look. Look how well Pamela Anderson pulled this off...
Try a roll-neck top
Wear a roll-neck top in muted tones underneath your dungarees for a timeless look with added warmth. For additional layers, you can team this look with a slim fit blazer.
Go double denim
A firm favourite in the 90s, double denim is making a comeback. Pair your dungarees with a contrasting denim shirt for a look that's on-trend and effortless. Alternatively, a denim jacket will work equally well with a bold t-shirt underneath.
You can’t go wrong with a crisp, white tee. But, if a collar is your style, opt for a polo shirt in a bold colour instead.
How do you wear dungarees?
As they're a statement piece in their own right, it's a safe bet to pair dungarees with a plain tee or neutral sweater in the colder months. That said, you could go for an off-the-shoulder top or fitted vest for a look that takes you from day into evening.
Round neck t-shirts are a no-brainer. Team it up with a bright bucket hat for some next-level style.
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What shoes go with dungarees?
Canvas pumps or classic-cut leather trainers in white or neutral tones are perfect for pairing with your dungarees for a relaxed look. You could also go for leather sandals and rolled-up legs for a casual summer festival vibe or dress up with heels for a high-fashion look.
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If a laid-back skater look is more your thing, go for canvas platform-sole trainers and some funky socks to brighten things up a little. If minimalism is more your thing, combine your dungarees with a pair of tan boat shoes or mules for a style that'll work whether it’s day or night.
White leather classic sneaker shapes are ideal for completing a summer look. For something more durable, go for derby shoes or wellies to keep your look practical but on-trend.
How do men style dungarees?
A simple plain tee, statement polo shirt or minimalist sweatshirt are all ideal partners when it comes to styling dungarees on men. Complete your cool and casual look with canvas skate shoes or white leather hi-tops and some choice headwear.
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If you’re wearing your dungarees in the winter, layer them with a hoodie and worker boots to stay warm and stylish.
Keep it relaxed and casual—a simple, well-fitted tee is just about perfect. Finish the look with a 6-panel cap and white sports socks.
It's not always easy to decide on the right route to take when it comes to wearing dungarees. But, with confidence (and a little help from this article) you'll be wearing yours for years to come.
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