Real people do it!
There is no nice way of putting this, so I’ll get straight to the point: Yes, real people are wearing dungarees.
‘‘I wear them all the time,’’ says Rebecca Hall, 21, an East London shop assistant who proves that if you’re young, slim and pretty you can look good in anything. ‘‘It’s like going back to my childhood.’’
Keira Knightley wore dungarees when she flew off to France to get married.
Heidi Klum, Pixie Lott, Selena Gomez and (inevitably) Alexa Chung have all been photographed in their denim dungarees. Lindsay Lohan has been seen working a pair in black and tan linen, and the streets of England are awash with them.
This is more than enough for anthropologists, fashion experts, and me, to conclude they are the most fashionable thing to wear this season. The fact I also happen to think they’re the most unflattering thing you could do to yourself since the puffball skirt is neither here nor there.
But if you insist, the rules are as follows: leather or cotton is less Dexys Midnight Runners than denim. Most of the celebrities mentioned above are doing denim, and despite being genetically blessed, theylook like they’re just off the plane from Idaho and have lost their pitchfork.
Shoes should be chunky and flat. Legs should be bare or in black opaques. You should probably wear a T-shirt underneath, unless you’re Selena Gomez and keen to show off your bra.
And, according to one fashion editor, ‘‘black, or printed, leather or denim, they’re chic and easier to pull off than a jumpsuit’’.
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