Styling Dungarees, over 40 | Denim, Florals and Buckle Heels.

Fake Fabulous | Blue denim dungarees, floral chiffon blouse, buckle strap sandals... over 40!

Dungarees get a hard time, don't they?

They drift into fashion every now and again (or so the fashion houses tell us) and are styled beautifully in the fashion magazines.

They are back in the shops for AW16/17 in various guises from traditional denim (with legs) to velvet and cord mini-dresses.
Something for everyone.

Some of us rush out to buy in to this seeming effortless image.
Only to realise that the dungarees can make us look like we are heading out to a fancy dress party.
{Chucky, or Bob the builder, anyone?
Add a yellow T-shirt and I'm a Minion!}

Not so chic and effortless after all.
Just a bit of a mess.

Often these poor pairs of dungarees end up being worn once, only to be regretted, and eventually donated to charity.
Or, they might be lurking in a drawer somewhere, gathering dust, relegated to decorating or gardening attire.

Such a shame.

Well, while some women are donating their dungarees to the charity shop, I bought myself a new pair!
This time in blue denim.

Did I mention that dungarees are incredibly comfortable?
I love them!

Fake Fabulous | Blue denim dungarees, floral chiffon blouse, buckle strap sandals... over 40!

This pair of dungarees are from the teen range of Boden, and were on sale, so they were super-cheap.
{I got them for £9, after sale discounts and voucher codes... a serious bargain considering my Topshop ones were £48}

If anyone is tempted to shop at the kiddies section, these dungarees are age 15-16, which is approximately a UK10.
I have cuffed the ankle to show off my shoes, but unfolded they reach just below my ankle bone (I am 5 feet 6).
(Always check the measurements.)
Don't rule out the kiddies section, you can find great basics (and shoes) at much cheaper prices.

{Here I am in kiddies shoes, and again Here.
This outfit Here, includes a vest top from the teen section.}

Fake Fabulous | Blue denim dungarees, floral chiffon blouse, buckle strap sandals... over 40!

On to shoes...
{See a list of shoes you can easily wear with Dungarees, Here}

I am swooning over the new Jimmy Choo 'Trick' buckle sandals (see my pinterest board for more shoe inspiration) they are stunning.
Unfortunately, they are also £825... gulp!
If you have the budget, then go for it.
If not, you need to be a little more inventive.
{Try these, from Topshop}

These are my old All-Saints (bought on eBay for a few pounds) dupes!

I can't vouch for the Choos, but mine are so comfortable.
They are a definite 'all day' shoe.
(I trailed around Ikea in them, I was bored stiff but my feet felt great!)

I thought these buckle shoes would lift my dungarees out of gardening mode and make them more grown-up, and fun to wear.

Fake Fabulous | Blue denim dungarees, floral chiffon blouse, buckle strap sandals... over 40!

This floral blouse (last spotted here) adds more of a feminine touch to my outfit, with both the pattern and the fabric.
The loose sleeves keep the top feeling light and airy, a perfect contrast for the toughness of the denim.

Warning: Any tops you wear with your dungarees can 'ride up' (unless it is a cropped top).
This might expose unwanted fleshy bits... I know that I don't want my flesh hanging out!
If you don't either, you can wear a bodysuit.
Or....you can 'secretly' tuck the very edges of your top into your undies (just at the sides).
No one will know, so don't tell a soul!
Such a simple trick and it works a treat.

Fke Fabulous | Butterfly necklace.

A super-girly butterfly necklace added yet more femininity and sweetness.

Fake Fabulous | Blue denim dungarees, floral chiffon blouse, buckle strap sandals... over 40!

My cute 'running hare' pin, a fun bag and a cluster of pretty rings finished things off nicely.

Fake Fabulous | Rings

See my other (black) dungaree posts:
Here, with a touch of Chanel!
Here, with a tie neck blouse and chunky sandals
And, Here with a simple knit.

Are you sticking with Dungarees?
Will you be buying any of the AW styles?
Or, will you be glad to see the back of them?

Please share your thoughts on dungarees in the comments.
Or, Contact me.
I love hearing from you!


DUNGAREES: JohnnieB (teen section)... These are the adult version.
SANDALS: All Saints (old)....check these out (swoon)!!! These are affordable.
BLOUSE: Charity shop (very, very old) ... this one is pretty, and on sale.
NECKLACE: Accessorise...check this pretty one out.
BROOCH: Bought from a street market in Edinburgh... This one is lovely.
GLASSES: Primark... I love these.
RINGS: Various gifts, Charity shop finds and sale pieces.
TOE POLISH: BarryM Blueberry

Fake Fabulous | Running Hare pin with green gem.


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20 comments

  1. I adore that pin!

    I am staying far away from this trend...for now. I've learned never to say never.

    I find for a gal with curves these can add an extra 25 lbs to my weight. Not something I need help with.

    On you they look wonderful!

    I love the delicate blouse paired with them.

    bisous
    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. Thank you Suzanne.... maybe you need to find a vintage pair and they will be perfect? Never say never is a great way to think about fashion, and most other aspects of life!
      XXX

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  2. I really like this on you Samantha!!
    The feminine blouse adds a much needed woman's touch to your overalls!!
    And the kid section idea is so smart. I rarely look there, but happened to find a jacket at H&M a month ago---so every once in a while, I'm as smart as you!! Ha ha!!
    How could you be bored at Ikea??? There's so much inspiration (and people watching)!!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Ikea in Edinburgh is so boring Jodie....Zzzzzzz....The highlight was my meatball lunch (I love the jam and the peas!) :oD XXX

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  3. I've always loved dungarees! I own a whole cupboard full of jeans - which I do wear to death - but there's nothing so comfy as dungarees. I just have to persuade my husband that he likes them too...

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    1. He will love them if you love them! Happy wife = Happy life.... pop on some heels and blow him away with your fabulous style :oD XXX

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  4. That necklace is fantastic! I love accesories with butterflys.

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  5. That necklace is fantastic! I love accesories with butterflys.

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  6. Fab dungarees, and you rock them! Your outfit looks gorgeous.
    Love those feminine details, that print and beautiful necklace. Such a beautiful accessorizing, lovely pin and rings!
    I've worn dungarees previously, even if they aren't flattering on my shape, but I'm that rebel!! Still love them!
    besos

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  7. I do like these overalls. The slim cut of the jeans are very flattering. I love the feminine floral blouse too.
    I think with various styles of these overalls now, with more of a skinny jean style makes them more modern. Nice!
    have a nice weekend
    stop by anytime
    jess xx
    www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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    1. Thank you Jess. I agree about the slimmer leg looking more modern. I felt they were more wearable and easier to style... maybe because I love my skinny jeans so much! :oD

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  8. Dungarees are like jumpsuits. They are meant for women with hips and bum. I have neither so I steeer away from them an focus on boyfriend jeans and skinnies (my favourite). I love how you added so many feminine touches to the masculin dungaree. Plus the contrast in materials. Lovely blouse and necklace. Well done.
    Greetje

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    1. I think you are right Greetje! They look better with a bit of hips and bum...and not too much in the way of boobs (unless there is enough hips to balance). Thank you for your comment. XXX

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  9. I have LOVED dungarees through at least 3 previous iterations of the trend. Like you I think they're tremendously comfortable and I also like the fact that they are really rather incongruous as a fashion trend. That gives them a humor that I find really fun.
    Pairing them with a feminine blouse is so lovely. I find I like them with many kinds of tops. I often wore them with a close fitting turtleneck (another favorite). The pretty jewelry is just frosting on the cake!
    I might be fun to fill the front with pins, the way Anna (Island Style) did with her jean jacket! Your hare pin is really darling; i love the dangling green heart.
    Your idea about shopping in the kiddie department is right on!! In the U.S. the "juniors" department is the BEST place to snap up trendy items that you probably shouldn't pay full on adult prices for anyway. I do this a lot!!
    Sorry this has turned into an essay Samantha but your cuteness in those dungarees inspired me! :-)

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  10. I have LOVED dungarees through at least 3 previous iterations of the trend. Like you I think they're tremendously comfortable and I also like the fact that they are really rather incongruous as a fashion trend. That gives them a humor that I find really fun.
    Pairing them with a feminine blouse is so lovely. I find I like them with many kinds of tops. I often wore them with a close fitting turtleneck (another favorite). The pretty jewelry is just frosting on the cake!
    I might be fun to fill the front with pins, the way Anna (Island Style) did with her jean jacket! Your hare pin is really darling; i love the dangling green heart.
    Your idea about shopping in the kiddie department is right on!! In the U.S. the "juniors" department is the BEST place to snap up trendy items that you probably shouldn't pay full on adult prices for anyway. I do this a lot!!
    Sorry this has turned into an essay Samantha but your cuteness in those dungarees inspired me! :-)

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    1. Ahhhh...I love a "bit of an essay" Judy! Thank you!!
      I also love the look of dungarees with a roll-neck..it can look very chic.
      I will be wearing them like that as the weather cools.

      You are right about the brooches...they look fab on the dungaree pockets, but I have worn clusters of brooches on my black ones at least twice (on the blog) and tried not to this time.... although I could not resist a little one!! :oP XXX

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  11. Oh gosh, such a fab, fun look. The slim-ness of the overalls keeps them looking cool. Thanks for linking, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  12. I really love this look! At 41 I remember dungarees (or overalls as we call them in U.S.) from the 90's, they were super baggy (I also remember he shrunken tees riding up!). I think the slimmer cut is more flattering and elegant looking, love the floral blouse and necklace too :-)

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