I write this a few days after the unfortunate attack in Manchester earlier this week. There are no words to express my sorrow for the victims and families, my thoughts and love are with you.
I used to hate wearing stripes as I thought I didn’t like the way it looked on me, but this was when vertical stripes were trendy and the truth was they weren’t my style. Welcome the horizontal stripe and the breton tee. Since discovering this combination I have fallen in love – and what’s more it’s trendy again! You can dress them up, dress them down, even wear them in a dress but my favourite outfit combination (and perfect for the upcoming bank holiday weekend) is the dungarees.
I remember my mum putting me in dungarees and loving them as a young child, but into my teens I thought the were out of date and the straps kept falling off my skinny shoulders. Back in the summer of 2015 I purchased this beautiful dungarees from Selfridges. Well that’s what the bag stated. The truth was I actually brought them in the Primark section that they had back then (I haven’t seen it in there for a while so I’m not sure it is there anymore *sadface*). Despite these particular dungarees being older, worn plenty and definitely loved it doesn’t mean that there aren’t places for you to pick up a pair (or two) for yourself – Asos and Topshop are a good starting point.
But why does this look work so well? And how can you style it?
What dungarees doesn’t have a decent size pocket? Perfect for popping your phone and keys and going off for a walk in your local park without having to take anything else with you. Or rocking a chic look for a night, forget the clutch – pop on your heels girl and head out that door!
2. Double Denim
With so many colours, items and styles available in denim you could easily double denim with dungarees. From a simple denim jacket or even a denim shirt underneath, the possibilities are endless.
One beautiful thing about denim is the flexibility for colour, it basically goes with every colour in the rainbow! I’ve rocked my denim with this gorgeous red stripe embroidered breton style tee (sold out in red, but available in blue) and I love how the red pops against the darkness of the dungarees. You could do a classic white and blue stripe, a crop top or plain colour – the possibilities are endless and so easy to match to your style!
4. Summer or Winter
Shorts, full length leg, or even a dungaree dress – there are so many options out there. Dress them with simple flip flops, a crop top and short dungarees and you have a outfit for the summer (even the British summer!) Or a roll neck with some boots and voila an outift ready for the colder months!
5. Dress it up or down
With our lives so busy with work (not so fun) to girls night’s out, afternoon tea or family time, the need for flexible wardrobes is a big plus. Stripes can be worn in the office, with dungarees or even with a pair of heels – and guess what, so can dungarees! Converse for that walk at the local park or National Trust, or dinner with the girls with a pair of heels and some accessories! There are so many ways to wear both stripes or dungarees (or both together) for 2017.
6. Classic pieces
One of my favourite bloggers for investment purchasing is Sophie Shohet, from designer pieces to wardrobe essentials and the fact is stripes will come and go in the fashion world and so will dungarees. But at the end of the day, have always been there just not necessarily in the limelight. Fashion is changing all the time but if there is some classic pieces you should invest in it’s stripes and dungarees.