Dungarees: a big no, or yes please?

March 24, 2013

Children's dungarees

Children’s dungarees from l-r: Verbaudet / La Redoute, H&M, Tootsa Macginty

As a 12 year old nearly-teenager, I wanted more than anything in the world to have a pair of patchwork, cropped dungarees. Other fashion ‘inspirations’ at the time were big floppy hats a la Blossom, home made tie-dye, and anything worn by Clarissa Explains It All. Don’t blame me, blame the 90’s.

I never actually got a pair, which can only be a good thing. However, according to this article in The Observer, dungarees are back. Dungarees as an adult…? Unsurprisingly, it’s a big no from me.

However, if we’re talking about dungarees for babies…then bring them on. I love the unisex appeal as well as the cute and practical style. So here’s my round-up of the best children’s dungarees available to buy at the moment:

Mini Marcus Mumford

  • Eliza currently has the cream corduroy pair for boys, apparently, from Vertbaudet (top left, and also photo from today on the left, looking like a mini member of Mumford and Sons)
  • I have my eye on the denim heart cropped pair from H&M for her – middle photo – I love the children’s clothes section, it’s even better than the adult’s clothes. And so cheap too
  • And then surely the king of all children’s bib-fronted unisex fashion is the dungarees loving Tootsa MacGinty. You can get them in red as above, as well as blue. And in the sale too.

So dungarees…would you?


  • Rachel

    March 24, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Pip wears dungarees. We got some lovely ones from the White Company when she was tiny last summer (via eBay). Hers were striped but a bit like these ones. We have also got some vintage ones, both that my Mum saved and has also bought in charity shops. Gap also do or have done some nice denim ones we’ve had as hand-me-downs.

    1. gillian

      March 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      The White Company ones are great, love those! Pip sounds like she has such good clothes. You’ve just reminded me that my mum gave us a dungaree dress that I used to wear when I was younger (it has a very retro applique on the front)

  • Foz

    March 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Dungarees are cute on babies!

    1. gillian

      March 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      They’re so cute, aren’t they? 😀

  • Helen

    March 25, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Dungarees look absolutely adorable on babies and toddlers, they’re my favorite thing to dress my little boy in and so practical now he’s crawling as they don’t fall down!
    I might have to get a pair of the Tootsa Macginty ones as denim can get a bit dull sometimes.

    1. gillian

      March 27, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      I love the Tootsa Macginty ones – E has the bear sweatshirt from there and it’s brilliant. Such fab clothes x

  • Jaime

    March 25, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    I absolutely love dungarees for kids. My 18 month old daughter looks dead cute in the red stripey dungies from Tootsa Macginty and has a great pair of electric blue ones from John Lewis. People always comment on them…maybe it’s the nostalgia?! And the bonus is, they’ll be passed to her little brother shortly!

    1. gillian

      March 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Ooh I hadn’t thought to look in JL – will have a look online. Electric blue ones sound great! x

  • Faded Seaside Mama

    March 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    We were only discussing this the other day when one of my friend’s sons turned up in the cutest pair of denim dungarees. Definitely perfect for children! Not so sure for adults though!!
    Eliza looks really gorgeous in hers!

    1. gillian

      March 27, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      What funny timing! Children do look so cute in them, don’t they? And thank you re: Eliza 🙂 x

  • farfromhomemama

    March 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    On babies, they’re the cutest thing ever. I had to stop dressing my toddler in them when he reached about 18 months though as he hated them. On adults? Not for me 🙂 I did love Blossom though.

    1. gillian

      March 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Not for me either 🙂 Love how you can dress children in things you wouldn’t wear though! Ah, fellow fan of 90’s TV 🙂

  • Katy from Modern Mummy

    March 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    YES! I love love love dungarees on kids!
    Thanks for linking up to Modern Mummy Loves 🙂

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