Dungarees have made their fair share of comebacks over the decades. However you feel about this particular boomerang trend — its history is quite an interesting one. And we love a little back story behind our fashion favorites.
Overalls date back to 1792, when they were originally used as protective clothing for farmers and laborers. As these were durable and inexpensive, overalls quickly became popular amongst workers. They were made out of cheap and tough material which unfortunately cemented their “low class” status.
However, this image changed slowly when women began wearing dungarees during the First World War. The durable fabric made a lot of sense for women to wear when filling men’s jobs while they were at war.
After a brief hiatus, dungarees once again arrived when 90s grunge music hit the airwaves. Rebellious teens thought it “gnarly” to wear one strap down and one strap over tye-dyed tees or oversized flannel shirts. Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff were big fans.
Fast forward a few decades and we saw Alexa Chung donning the dungs. Before we knew it DKNY and Alexander Wang included overalls in their collections sans the kitsch combos of the 90s. Instead we saw this typically masculine item paired with softer feminine touches like delicate sandals and lace-y camies.
Today overalls are popping up everywhere and celebrities have been seen sporting them around town. Even the Despicable Me Minions are all over this trend. Wearable in both winter and summer, dungarees look casual over a plain tee or vest and add a tomboy contrast to floral and delicate blouses.
We’re pretty much sold. What do you think of this dungaree trend?