I have always had a “passion for fashion” – no I’m lying; I love pretty clothes, and accessories and shoes, and more shoes, and more shoes. I have never been one to really follow a trend; I just like to wear what I feel comfortable in or what I like. But the dungaree trend was something that I wanted to give a try. It looks super cute and comfortable, and I am all about comfort when it comes to running after 3 busy, busy boys.
I remember when I was in primary school, we used to have a dress up day on our birthday, so basically you don’t have to wear your school uniform to school that day, and then the whole entire school knows it’s your birthday that day. When I was 12 that was pretty awesome, thankfully I was an extrovert so I was flourishing, but come to think of it I can see how that will be super uncomfortable for a pre-teen who does not like attention drawn to themselves.
I remember going shopping with my mom for my birthday outfit for school, and there was this really funky shop – not your normal Edgars, Foschini or Truworths chain store – called Oxygen, and I decided to go there and look for something. When I walked into the shop there was a mannequin dressed in this super cute grey outfit, it was these stretch grey pants, that had a tiny miniskirt over the hips with a baby doll sleeve white top and a grey waistcoat with these plastic clasps that could unclip from the top, over. I went into the change rooms and tried the entire outfit on as it was on the mannequin, when I came out to show my mom, the shop assistant said, “That’s not really the way you should wear it, it was just for display purposes, but it works”. So I wore the outfit to school on my birthday and I got a lot of compliments.
Needless to say, I have always enjoyed buying clothes that others don’t have, or styling it in a way that makes it more my own.
With social media and all the amazing influencers on Pinterest and Instagram, it really helps if you are stuck in a styling rut, or mommy rut. I don’t know about you, but the clothes that I wore before my first pregnancy never looked the same on my new shape, and the clothes that I wore in my pregnancy I never want to see again…like ever!
Back to the dungarees… This really is a super pair that I bought from H&M a few weeks ago. I bought it in a size bigger and it is very comfortable, I would say for this style purchase a bigger size, the bottom half is supposed to look like boyfriend jeans.
Dungaree Style 1
Don’t be scared to play around with different textures and print. I paired lace with this casual dungaree, added leopard print shoes and a cute Alice band that looks like a headscarf. The Alice band was a recent purchase from Claires, the Lace top was last season from Woolworths, and the leopard print shoes from H&M Japan 2 years ago.
Dungaree Style 2
Just a top and shoe change. I am 1.64 cm, so really not tall, I love wearing wedges as its comfortable enough to push a pram, or run after a child or even just do your grocery shopping and push a shopping trolley that pulls to the left when it gets too heavy (jip that’s what happens to every single trolley in Grenoble…).
High heels have become a challenge to walk in since I had my kids, so wedges are a good alternative, and they are extremely comfortable. Tip when buying wedges, try to size up, I found they feel much more comfortable than when you buy your original size. So no need to walk around with socks for a few days and stretch your shoes, 🙂 – you know what I’m talking about ladies.
Dungaree Style 3
I loved this effortless look. Derbies from NAF NAF, crop top from FoshiniSA 2 years ago, I will probably not wear this crop top on any other occasion than “tucked into” a high waist skirt or dungarees, I like a longer length top, and I don’t want anything rising or sticking out when I’m busy in the park with my boys.
Dungaree Style 4
Again shoe and shirt change. Shoes from old Navy and the polka dot top I have had for 3 years from Foschini as well.
Dungaree Style 5
I am in love with this color combo.
Earrings from Claires, Pink Parka Jacket from H&M, White top from Old Navy and pink flats from Kiabi. This jacket is so versatile and it is definitely something I would wear in the spring and autumn.
Dungaree Style 6
A few years ago I did a colour assessment course – well I was actually a model for Alette Winckler, who has a very successful business in image consultancy (she is also a stylist, CEO, personal shopper, teacher, author and a mom of 3 boys… I know a mouthfull). I remember vaguely that she said that I am lucky that I can wear warm or cool colors. I’m sure your color profile changes over time, as you get older, or your hair color changes etc. This Tan jacket is something I would never even considered, but when I saw it styled with denim and a crisp white shirt, I thought I would give it a try. When we did the shoot last week, I thought let me try the turquoise earrings with it, and I was surprised how well all the colors came together.
So these were my few examples for styling a single pair of dungarees.
I don’t think it is necessary to always buy a whole new wardrobe, if you buy a few key quality items, you can restyle this items over and over without breaking the bank.
It’s called a capsule wardrobe. It is basically buying a few key items that work well together. It helps you spend less money in the long run, helps you get dressed quicker in the mornings as you don’t have to worry too much about what goes together, as every item compliments each other, and it is items that make you feel good about the way you look.
Hope you enjoyed this post. This is the first for me, I have never done anything like this, so comment if you liked it and if you would like to see more of these mommy fashion posts.