Last Updated on January 30, 2020
At first glance, the dungaree dress may seem…difficult. Like, it’s sort of a dress, but sort of not? And it’s dungarees, but you don’t get the added bonus of a crotch, so you still have to be careful about how you sit. And what do you match it with, anyway?
Well, that’s what we’re going to find out today. There are more ways to wear a dungaree dress than you thought. Allow me to demonstrate how the dungaree dress is actually super versatile, and that it can be transformed by the things you pair with it.
Sneakers and t-shirt? Casual.
Bralette and flip-flops? Beach wear.
Jumper and boots? Winter wonderland!
1. With a t-shirt
Let’s start with something boring and obvious: the easiest way to wear a dungaree dress is to throw it on right on top of your t-shirt.
That’s a summer staple that you can actually easily take into fall. The best thing about this is that it can be worn with any kind of dungaree dress: corduroy, denim, linen, etc. That opens up a lot of possibilities, regardless of weather.
You can even dress it up a bit by swapping the t-shirt for a button-up shirt or a frillier bardot top. The advantage, here, is that the dungaree dress can actually dress down any top you wear with it, if you want to look cute, but not over the top. You know what I mean? Just a peek of an off-the-shoulder ruffle.
2.With a turtleneck
Okay, but what about winter? As far as I’m concerned, dungaree dresses are even cuter in the winter, because a) the corduroy numbers are SO CUTE AND COSY and b) they go great on top of jumpers.
You know how hard it is to get dressed during winter, because come February, you’re just SO BORED of jumpers and jeans and layering? This is your easy way out. Put a jumper on, throw a dungaree dress on top, DONE.
Because the dungaree dress can be slightly bulky when it’s made from thicker fabrics, it goes great on top of one of those slim, vaguely French black turtlenecks. It still shows off your figure somewhat, while still keeping you warm. And it’s literally super easy – who can’t pair a jumper and a dress? And it stops you looking like a mime in just the turtleneck.
3. With a bralette
Of course, you can also swing wildly all the way to the other side and go for…basically nothing underneath. Obviously, this is going to be an option for the summer, and for the braver segment of the population. Not slut-shaming you or anything.
Bralettes are super in and super cute, and there are so many colorful, lacy options, and it’s a real shame if they stay buried under clothes. My solution to that is to just wear them as shirts. But if you feel REALLY exposed (because you are) wearing a bralette with shorts, then the dungaree dress may actually be a cute compromise for you.
You’re sort of covered up because you have straps and that chest panel, but there’s still a peek of lace on the sides, so you can be cheeky and sexy. It’s a really good choice for any festivals you may be going to, as long as you remember to slather yourself in sunscreen. Sunburn is not cute.
Going casual? Maybe even sporty? Then put some sneakers on and you’re basically done. I know it seems like I’m exaggerating, but I’m really not. If you’re trying to achieve that laid back and casual vibe, but still cute, then a dungaree dress is ideal.
5. With espadrilles
BUT IT’S SUMMER.
Okay OKAY I hear you. You can wear espadrilles or flip-flops with a dungaree dress, no problem! Just pick a denim one and throw on your fave Chanel espadrille knock-offs and a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses and voila, you’re ready for a day at the beach. Add a straw hat for good measure. Remember the sunburn? Heatstroke isn’t a roaring good time, either.
It turns out that dungaree dresses are actually really good for summer because they allow a ton of ventilation on the sides, you know? Can’t get sweaty and gross when it’s all open on the sides and probably in the back.
6. With boots
Because dungaree dresses are typically minis, they have the advantage of looking bangin’ with pretty much any shoes, tbh. And that includes boots.
Ankle boots have obviously been super trendy for a good while now, but this kind of dress also looks great with a pair of those tall Pretty Woman boots that come up to the thighs and also with some good old riding boots. In fact, you can also wear it with Docs or some other combat boots made for kicking and stomping, a la Daria. We like to serve versatility.
I hope you’ve been able to see that dungaree dresses aren’t THAT scary to style. In fact, they’re really super easy and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to pull one off.
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