WHY I LOVE... Dun­ga­rees, by Alexa Chung


InStyle (USA) - - Directory - By ALEXA CHUNG

Ev­ery morn­ing when I get up and think about what I want to wear, dun­ga­rees—or over­alls, as Amer­i­cans call them—are the thing that pops into my head most of­ten.

They’re like a com­fort blan­ket for me in terms of style. I know that they suit my body shape. I know that they’re a good re­flec­tion of my tomboy­ish per­son­al­ity.

And I also think that they just look cool, es­pe­cially nowa­days when ev­ery­one else is wear­ing body-con things like cy­cling shorts with bustiers. I see your bra top and I raise you my dun­ga­rees! My love for them goes all the way back to when I was 10 years old and had the best flo­ral pair, sim­i­lar to the ones Blos­som wore on TV. In my 20s I used to wear them on dates be­cause when­ever

I’d try on some­thing sexy, I’d just freak out and put my dun­ga­rees back on. The idea of be­ing in my prime and not want­ing to show off ap­pealed to me, so as my own churl­ish way of re­fus­ing to play dress-up for the boys, I’d also wear them when I was model­ing or host­ing on TV. When I started my own fash­ion la­bel in my 30s, I saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to de­sign my ul­ti­mate pair. I’d al­ways been par­tial to indigo blue vin­tage ones by brands like Lee, which are sort of a baggy, dad style, but for my own line I wanted to make them more form­fit­ting so that they are snug at the hip and then re­lax into a flare. That way you can see that you have a bum and a waist, and they can be kind of se­cretly sexy. They’re less sexy when you need to go to the bath­room and have to dis­robe en­tirely in the stall, but still. I love to wear them when I travel be­cause I can pack just one pair and a bunch of tops and have a new look ev­ery day. If you do a cream blouse with bil­low­ing sleeves, sud­denly you’re French. Put a T-shirt un­der­neath and you’re in­stantly a ’90s kid. And with a body-hug­ging knit, it’s like va-va-voom. I hon­estly can’t imag­ine an age when I won’t be wear­ing them. I’ll just switch back to the boy-cut ones when I’m 70. Chung is the cre­ative di­rec­tor of her name­sake fash­ion brand, ALEX­ACHUNG, and can be seen on Net­flix’s Next in Fash­ion.

Chung’s fa­vorite dun­ga­rees from her own line.

At Lon­don’s Heathrow Air­port in 2013.

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