The word ‘dungaree’ is believed to have originated from the Indian words ‘dungri’ or ‘dongerjins’ in the 1600’s.

(If you don’t wanna read my babble… skip to the bottom to find out where you can get this look!)


Dungaree, is a type of cloth that is woven from thick durable cotton twill and is then died blue. In the UK, dungarees are like overalls – casual clothing that is made up of a bib, connected to a pair of pants, held up by straps that go over the shoulders. In the US, it refers to blue jeans or jeans that are used during physical labour.

Dungarees first originated around 1792. They were used as protective garment’s for farmers, slaves and other people whose occupation involved physical labour – which meant that men in the lower classes would wear them often. This clothing was made from cheap and durable fabric.


Rural American men were the first to use the dungarees as a fashion garment – but the bib and jeans had not been connected yet. During the mid 1800’s, the first bib and jeans were joined together by Levi Strauss to form an overall/dungaree. These garments were ideal for physical labour, for carrying tools and other equipment. It meant waist belts were no longer required. These dungarees began to be mass produced and the colour even determined which work it would be used for: white for painters, pinstriped for railroad workers and different shades of blue for the rest of the working class. This is similar to the Gazelles in my previous post – although their colours determined the sport.


During WW1, woman started wearing dungarees for the first time as they had started working in factories and needed protective clothing, like men. In the 1930’s, dungaree sales took a leap. They were made in smaller sizes and were a style statement for children – not just for physical labourer’s. When John Wayne and Clint Eastwood started wearing the dungaree – it became a sex symbol. As the years passed, dungarees/overalls were modified and recreated to suit each designers style. These style’s have been supported by celebrities such as Rihanna and Alexa Chung.

I personally adore dungarees. They are supremely comfortable and make a statement whether worn as a full length pants or dungaree dress. My favourite part of this look has to be my amazing boots. I had to get Casey to ask to keep them aside for me while I was away as Zara only gets new product on a Monday and Thursday #dedication. Clearly, it was worth it!


Yellow lens’s are back! More and more people are joining the trend and rocking their coloured lenses. What’s great about these frames are that they are super light and the earpiece matches the lens colour.


Let me know what you think! xx

Top: H&M    |    Dungarees: Cotton On    |    Boots: Zara

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Lipstick: Maliboo by Kylie Jenner

Photographer: Casey Rautenbach

14 thoughts on “dungarees.

  1. This is quite embarrassing, but until reading this post, I had no idea what dungarees were, much less that the word has different meanings in the U.K. and the U.S.! I had heard the word “dungarees” a handful of times in my life and was vaguely aware it had something to do with attire, but I had no idea what it meant! Thank you!

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