Dungaree Debate and #Whatmamaworemonday Linkup

A late good morning from me on this rainy, grey Bank Holiday Monday. I hope you’ve all had a fantastic easter weekend!

After years of eschewing dungarees i FINALLY took the plunge and bought a pair.

I was so inspired by all the ladies i see on the #whatmamaworemonday hashtag regularly rocking their dungarees that i honestly felt the need to try them. They looked so versatile and a great addition to the normal jeans line up, but the worry that my pear shape wouldn’t fit/ would look crapola was real, hence why i’d avoided for so long.

Many years ago i had a blue denim pair that were just a bit too rockabilly rather than dungaree cool and i swiftly sold them on ebay after one wear. It kind of tarnished my dungaree wearing ideas too so i just left the trend to others. That was until i saw so much great inspiration from the hashtag. I asked around, got some ideas on fit and style  and lots of people recommended these brands for great dungarees:

Boden, Topshop & H&M

There was also mention of Hush, ASOS and New look too.

So i got to searching and decided upon these  Topshop Moto Slim Leg Dungarees in washed black   and thought i’d try them on , see how they felt , but was potentially all ready to send them back as i didn’t really have high hopes for my pear shape figure in a pair of dungarees. I also new i wanted black as i figured it would be more flattering, but i also liked the streamlined feel and simplicity of them.


Shop the outfit 


When they came i popped them on and went and had a look in the only full length mirror we have, expecting to hate them. I looked and twirled (y’know to see if my bum looked massive) and actually tried a little bit to dislike them (i think it was just my brain trying to say ‘haha see we were right!’) but the more i stood there looking, the more i actually really really liked them. They were comfy, the fit was roomy but not baggy, the denim fabric was forgiving and i liked the potential of wearing so many tops underneath them. I sent a Whatsapp video to my girlfriends and they announced that they loved them (they’re very lovely honest girls so i trust them implicitly!). And with that the dungarees tags were ceremoniously ripped off and they were given pride of place in my wardrobe.

If you are a pear shape like me and potentially apprehensive regarding trying dungarees my tips would be:

  • Don’t be afraid to size up: I’m a 10 (sometimes an 11 really ) and i bought these in the 12, they’re roomy but not excessive but they aren’t skin tight which was so important to me.
  • Go for a straight leg: Try and void a skinny cut as the clingy nature may not be as flattering. I went for the stright leg that has a slight turn up and it adds to the relaxed vibe of the style and also skims my hips and thighs without clinging and emphasising my least favourite body part.
  • Go black: yep i have found these incredibly more easy to wear than the blue denim counterparts. As i mentioned above, i think it feels more in my comfort zone, they flattering and they go with everything. Who knows you may love and then venture on to blue denim, but going black first definitely worked for me.
  • Try a few pairs: I reserached first and i’m glad i did, it just so happens that the first pair (thanks to my research) worked out well. But if at first you don’t succeed, don’t be put off, its about finding the right fit for you!

Some more dungaree suggestions for you:

If you would like to part in week forty-seven of What Mama Wore Monday, then get those outfits posts up on instagram or your blog! Just a few points to remember when joining in. Make sure you use the hashtag #whatmamaworemonday, tag myself heyitsromeca and rachelthehat in your photos and remember it has to be a photo you’ve posted today. We will then share a few snaps and try our best to comment on everyone’s posts. It would also be lovely if everyone who participates could also comment on other #whatmamaworemonday posts.





  1. April 5, 2018 / 11:29 am

    I’m quite tempted but I’m not sure how they’d work with heels – have you tried? Would love some advice if you have x

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