Three ways: dungarees
By Luke Raymond, 7 March 2015
Originally adapted to the harsh and heavy conditions of manual labour, dungarees (or overalls to those in the US of A) hit their fashion stride in the 90s when the likes of Marky Mark (Wahlberg, pre-transition to serious actor), Tupac Shakur and Will Smith introduced them to the streetwear vernacular.
While we wouldn’t recommend taking tips from Wahlberg with his strap-down, skin-out steez, we’ve tapped into the current taste for all things 90s and put together three ways to don the (farm) freshest denims now.
Drawing direct inspo from Tupac’s ‘Thug Life’ looks, take it back to the West Coast and layer a long-sleeved T-shirt under your distressed dungas. White socks, Adidas Superstars and a go-to bucket hat round out a contemporary take on 90s nostalgia.
Play off your dungarees’ distressed wash and patched details and team them with a rockabilly biker jacket. A simple white tee lets the leather/denim combo sing while polished black Dr Martens add a smart (but still in-keeping) edge.
If dungarees already sit at the challenging end of the sartorial scale for you (you’re not alone), dress them right down with a classic white crew-neck T-shirt. Simple New Balance kicks (in timeless navy) top off an understated take on a tricky trend.
Not ready to take the dunga-plunge? Check out our guide to these other sweet jeans styles.