The Curvy Girl's Guide To Dungarees

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The '90s are back in vogue – and so too are denim dungarees. With fashion fans such as Alexa Chung, Rihanna and Ashley Graham all paying homage to the power of the bib-and-brace, they’re back in a big way.
 
From indigo denim and soft chambray, to printed fabric and beat-up beauties, dungarees are a great way to add some edge to your autumn wardrobe. But if you’re anything but runway-model proportions (witness most of us mere mortals), dungarees can be a tricky trend to master. Get it right and they’ll flatter your curves and look effortlessly cool: Get it wrong, and you could look like an overgrown toddler.
 
Our handy guide will ensure you’re more of the former...

1. Play With Proportion



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If you’re blessed with a naturally fuller bust, don’t shy away from form-fitting denim. Break into the trend gently with a pair of tailored denim dungarees. Wide chest panels will balance out your proportions, while streamlined trouser legs or skinny jeans will lend definition to your limbs. Pair with a vintage tee or scoop-necked top underneath – perfect for transitional autumn dressing. 

2. Master French-Girl Style



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French women have a way of seamlessly blending classic and casual that always results in cool-girl confidence, whatever the occasion. Teaming a structured blazer over the top of your dungarees will lend a hint of that widely-adored Parisian style, and take you from office to happy hour in no time.
 
Navy blue reigns supreme this autumn and is a great alternative to black, while a tailored jacket in heritage tweed will add extra polish when there’s a nip in the air. 

3. Embrace the Seventies Flare



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Seventies nostalgia is well and truly upon us once again, delivering a raft of flared hemlines and frilled embroidery anglaise. From Rita Ora to the Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, celebrities are taking style notes from their mothers and embracing the power of a floor-sweeping flare.
 
Channel your inner Stevie Nicks with ocean-blue bellbottoms and an off-the-shoulder gypsy top – the focus on your décolletage will counterbalance the silhouette of your legs.

4. Invest In White T-Shirts



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A classic white T-Shirt has long been at the forefront of every savvy girl’s fashion arsenal, and this autumn is no exception. The season looks to a borrowed-from-boys bagginess that will offset the cutesy quotient of your dungarees and create volume on the top half to balance out wider hips.
 
Juxtapose a streamlined pair of dungarees with a loose-fitting boyfriend T-shirt to create textural interest, or go for a crop top that will highlight your waist and show a peek of flesh.

5. Add a Pop of Colour



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From dainty black and white polka dots to bold botanical prints, patternation is back in a big way for autumn. Printed cotton and crepe softly drape over the points of your body where fabric usually sits tight, and make a change if you’re rocking one of autumn’s other big trends, a denim jacket. Plus, they’re super lightweight and fancy-free, with wide-cut legs and a relaxed fit that let you move through your day-to-day business.
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6. Pile ’Em High



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Denim dungarees are the perfect canvas for statement jewellery, and this season’s jewel-toned palette has made razzle-dazzle all the rage. Now’s not the time to be cautious or sparing: Layer sparkling rhinestones and semi-precious stones like fashion maven Iris Apfel, or Ab Fab’s glitter-magpies Eddie and Patsy. Soft chambray denim is the perfect partner for white rhinestones and a red lipstick.

7. Crop It



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If the thought of swamping your legs in a pair of painter-decorator dungarees has you worried, we have news: This season’s penchant for all things lopped ‘n’ cropped means you can easily retain definition with a short or mid-calf cut. From mid-wash roll-ups to distressed vintage wonders, there’s a great range of cropped dungarees to throw on when the weather can’t make its mind up. 

8. Mix ‘n’ Match

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There are plenty of utilitarian dungarees on the high street that look the business in all-black, blue and white stripes, or eye-catching grid-print. But just as you can achieve a dress-down dungaree vibe with a breton tee and sneakers, so too can you amp up the sensuality quotient for evening. Look to a billowy silk shirt or button-down to create a contrast in textures – the blue and white combination never fails.

9. Get Acquainted With Culottes



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If you missed out on summer’s love with affair with flattering culottes, worry not: This trend looks set to reign long into AW 2016. Loose-cropped trousers that look like a midi-skirt, culottes are hugely versatile, flatter all manner of body shapes and can add instant pizazz to an otherwise average outfit.
 
A sheer crop top works brilliantly with culotte dungarees, while a tailored shirt can balance out your silhouette for evening wear.

10. Go To the Dark Side



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One of the biggest misconceptions about dungarees is that they’ll make you look dumpy. This won’t be the case if you choose a flattering fit and design. For a chic look, steer clear of light stonewashed dungarees and bleached denim and opt for a gorgeous pair of inky black minimalist dungarees, midnight blue or indigo denim – bang on trend and super flattering.

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