Trend Trial: Dungarees

DUNGAREES: the word alone is enough to strike fear into a Fashion Police’ officer’s beating heart.

We’ve made no secret of our dislike of the bib overall – or “dungas” as Vogue likes to call them. To us, they’re a really easy way to look like an overgrown toddler, or alternatively, like a farm boy, and while we have nothing against either toddlers or farm boys, we’d rather leave that particular look to them, thanks very much. With dungarees – sorry, “dungas” – being touted as one of the big fashion trends of the year, however, and the stores we love slowly starting to fill up with denim overalls, we figured it was time to re-visit that opinion, and ask you…

Are dungarees a crime of fashion?

denim dungarees with flatform shoes

Bleach dungarees, Topshop

As with all of our style and trend trials, your answer to this question is going to come down to a matter of personal taste. Although we like to put fashion tends “on trial”, there really is no right or wrong answer here, which is why it’s a good job The Fashion Police aren’t actually real. As Vogue notes, dungarees, perhaps more than most items, tend to inspire a “love ’em or hate ’em” response in people: we’re describing them as a “trend” here because they appeared on many of the Spring 2013 runways, and are currently going through something of a fashion revival because of that. For those who love them, however, dungarees have never been OUT of fashion… and to those who hate them, they’ll never be in style.

Which side are you on in the great dungaree debate? Are you welcoming their current “trend” status as a great opportunity to indulge in one of your favourite looks, or do you find yourself yelling “Call The Fashion Police!” every time you see a pair?

How do you feel about dungarees? Take a look at our gallery and then tell us what you think…

8 Comments

  • April 9, 2013

    lane

    I suppose someone might be able to style one in a way thats not horrid. But generally speaking, I think theyre ugly.

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  • April 9, 2013

    Liz

    CALL THE FASHION POLICE! I have blogged about this and talked about it on FB countless times. They do not belong out of the house unless you are a farmer or a toddler. Obviously, I fall on the hate them side….

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  • April 9, 2013

    lizvocal

    I think the problem is that the shapelessness is not flattering to anyone. Even the shapeliest girl looks like a box in them. They are not flattering.

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  • April 10, 2013

    Anna

    I had about 3 pairs of overalls that I wore religiously my freshman year of high school, but then I grew up and found some style. The denim kind look especially hillbilly. There is no way you can make them look fashionable. You can throw those out with the wooden clogs designers have been releasing as of late.

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  • April 10, 2013

    Rock Hyrax

    Nay, nay and thrice: nay!

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  • April 10, 2013

    Karlie

    I had a pair when I was expecting, they were great then but once the baby was here I gave them away.

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  • April 13, 2013

    Leandrea

    Haven’t really noticed a great revival, and happy about it.

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  • April 15, 2013

    Emily S.

    Adorable on babies or for a trip to the 90s. But then you have to leave one strap unbuckled.

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