Iconic Imagery Since The First Millennium: The Pallium

Throughout the last two millennia, there have been few garments as exclusively worn as the pallium. From the early middle ages onward, only the pope of the Roman Catholic Church or select archbishops had permission to wear one. Even today, it’s seen as a distinctive garment reserved for bishops, archbishops, and the pope himself. This makes it an excellent example of how a select style of clothing can become emblematic of something bigger than itself, and persist for multiple centuries for that reason. 

What Exactly Is A Pallium?

Essentially, it’s a woolen garment worn around the neck, breast, and shoulders. There are usually two pendants, one on the front side and the other on the back, as well as six black crosses adorning each separate space. Additionally, gold pins set with precious stones are used over the crosses on the breast, back, and left shoulder. This is worn over the chasuble, being an outer-piece that accentuates the rest of the outfit for a more regal, prominent effect.

Only the pope has official permission to wear a pallium, though archbishops are allowed to wear them with the pope’s blessing. Other bishops may be gifted a pallium in certain circumstances, but these are rare cases. To this day, the pallium retains a solemn significance for its limited availability and its direct ties to the highest members of the church. 

Centuries Of Iconic Status

The earliest known mention of the pallium comes from the ‘Liber Pontificalis,’ written in the fourth century C.E. It’s here we learn that the pope would occasionally bestow palliums as an honor to select archbishops, giving them status as a preferred member of the church. This persisted through the generations for more than a thousand and a half years. Given that so few people ever wore it, and only during church functions, it has remained an icon of the Church, demonstrating the significance of the papacy and the favor of those who wear it. 

With such a combination of uniqueness and cultural significance, garments like these are perfect examples of how clothing and culture combine to shape history. Even a garment worn as little as the pallium has the power to transform the perceptions of the wearer, as well as the people around them. 

The British Jerkin From Upper Class to the Troops

Styles come and styles go. Much of the clothing from the Renaissance period and beyond still has an influence on fashion today. Take, for example, the jerkin.

A Brief History of the Jerkin

The jerkin’s history falls back to Scottish and British roots. A jerkin was traditionally worn by upper-class men in the 15th and 16th centuries. This short-waisted, often sleeveless, tight-fitting waistcoat was designed for warmth with buttons or lace-ups all the way up to the neck and worn over a blouson shirt and perhaps a doublet. Many were made of cloth, some of velvet, and yet later were made of leather. With time, some jerkins became flared at the bottom, while others were looser around the neck.

Centuries later the jerkin was brought back for British men serving in World War I. There was no fashion statement here; the purpose was solely warmth. These early 20th-century jerkins were made, rather crudely, of leather. Similar jerkins were offered to Americans fighting in Europe on the Western Front of the war. These were generally sheepskin or goatskin, some made with the fur on the inside, others with the fur outside, adding considerable warmth to the uniform.

Jerkins in Today’s Fashions

Jerkins never really made too much of a fashion statement, but some of their influences can be seen. Of course, jerkin-style has its place in costuming for Shakespearian plays and Renaissance-period productions. Some of the jerkin-style has transferred into what some have thought of as pirate-style clothing. Jack Sparrow, portrayed by Johnny Depp, and other pirates of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies often wore leather vests, some similar to the jerkin style.

While jerkins are not particularly popular today, per se, we can see some of their influence in certain stylings of vests and jackets, as well as shirts and blouses, worn by women as well as men. Many still refer to most any style of sheepskin vest as a jerkin. But the more traditional jerkin-styles in short waist vests and bodices with high necks in any fabric seem to come and go both in European and American clothing styles, and will, no doubt, well into the future.

Bathing Suit: From the Modest to the Risqué and Back Again

While today it may seem like swimming and specialized clothing go hand-in-hand, this wasn’t always the case. In fact, for most of human history, people simply swam in the nude. In the 18th century, both recreational swimming and Western sensibilities about modesty were on the rise. The combination sparked the first women’s bathing suit.

Take a look at how swimwear has come to represent first modesty then sexiness before returning to a more practical variety. 

First Bathing Suits Covered Everything

In the early 1800s, “bathing” (recreational time in the water) became a popular pastime. However, Victorian modesty dictated women cover up. They also wanted to protect their skin from tanning. The first bathing suits were long-sleeved, full-skirted garments that had weighted hemlines to keep them from floating up. 

While these suits may have met the needs of modesty and sun protection, they were very cumbersome and not very useful for athletes. Annette Kellerman, an Australian swimmer, wanted to wear something allowing a full range of motion. In 1907, she was arrested for indecency when she wore a short-sleeved, scoop-necked suit. She was still fully covered. The outfit even had shorts. However, the fitted silhouette was much more revealing than the ballooning suits that were popular at the time. Her arrest did not deter other women from (literally) following suit. 

Bikinis Cause a Stir 

In the 1940s, there was a new recreational pastime that took place on the beach: sunbathing. Gone were the days or protecting pale skin. Tans were all the rage, and women were constantly adjusting the straps and legs of their bathing suits in an attempt to get the most even tan without lines. This led to a pair of similarly-constructed versions of the bathing suit to come out within weeks of each other. Designers Jacques Heim and Louis Reard both release two-piece designs in the summer of 1946. Reard would name his design after the U.S. atomic bomb test, dubbing his new suit a “bikini.” 

The bikini started out as scandalous, but as they say in show biz, “there’s no such thing as bad press.” Every headline featuring the scandal of a young starlet wearing a bikini further entrenched its desirability. This was certainly the case when then-new actress Brigitte Bardot wore one in 1953. By 1960, the song “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” was filling the airwaves. 

Modern Bathing Suits are About Options

While the bikini was all the rage for a while, swimwear eventually became more practical again. In the 1990s, the Miraclesuit and its slimming features refocus attention on one-piece suits. Meanwhile, modern options come in all shapes and sizes. From full coverage swimwear that meets strict religious modesty requirements to tiny bikinis that barely cover anything, women are free today to dress in whatever provides them the most comfort. 

The Turtleneck’s Evolving Identity

The modern turtleneck is a common item in wardrobes today. It offers a timeless look that has been adopted by diverse groups of people. Is there any garment that has undergone as many identity changes as the turtleneck sweater?

A Working-Class Hero

The turtleneck became a wardrobe staple for male laborers in the 1800s. A heavy, knitted sweater topped with a high collar made for an appealingly warm garment. The sweater provided protection from the wind, rain, and snow. A favorite among fishermen and other seafarers, the wool turtleneck eventually became an official part of the U.S. Navy uniform during WWII.

It didn’t take long for this specialized sweater to become more than a working-class uniform. The turtleneck functioned as equestrian sports wear when polo players adopted the garment in the 1880s. In fact, it’s still sometimes referred to as a “polo neck” by European wearers today.

Introduction to Women’s Fashion

The turtleneck made its entrance into women’s fashion in the 1890s when the Gibson Girl was created as an ideal of the active, independent woman. The garment’s high neckline and squeaky-clean reputation fit perfectly with the Gibson Girl lifestyle. Although the turtleneck was becoming more widely worn, it wasn’t until the 1920s that the high-necked pullover gained popularity among the middle class.

Bombshells, Beatniks, and Black Panthers

The turtleneck got its sultry reputation when Hollywood bombshells such as Jayne Mansfield began sporting it in the ’40s and ’50s. Radical, free-thinking beatniks also adopted the stark black turtleneck as a uniform staple. Meanwhile, actress Audrey Hepburn wore it in the 1957 film Funny Face.

Finally, the turtleneck paired well with the Black Panthers’ leather jackets in the ’60s and ’70s. It was also favored by feminist activists such as Gloria Steinem. All in all, the turtlenecks of the mid-nineteenth century was all about being bold and original.

Fall from Favor

Despite the powerful statements the turtleneck made in previous decades, the ’80s and ’90s saw a sea change in the garment’s reputation. The awkward fashion styles of those decades turned the turtleneck into a punchline. Simply review old episodes of Saved by the Bell and Friends to experience the cringe-worthy styling choices of the period.

During the 1990s, Steve Jobs built his Apple empire while wearing a black turtleneck. This clothing choice may have classed Jobs as a nerdy figure, but it helped make the turtleneck a symbol of white-collar daring and ingenuity. The garment eventually gained prominence in boardrooms across America.

Return of the Turtleneck

Recent years have seen a revival of 1990s fashion trends and the advent of normcore. This new style allows adherents to express their individuality by wearing unassuming, everyday clothing. Both of these movements have effectively fostered the return of the turtleneck.

Today’s turtleneck offers wearers a timeless look that’s sleek, sophisticated, and even a little bit sexy when paired with the right wardrobe essentials.

Grace and Poise: Meet the Tutu

Does the word “tutu” evoke visions of slim dancers in puffy, pink skirts? It may surprise you to learn that the tutu was originally designed as a long, elegant ballet costume.

Practical Evolution of the Tutu

The first tutu appeared in Paris in 1832. Marie Taglioni wore a costume designed by Eugène Lami for her performance in La Sylphide. This costume featured a tight bodice that left the neck and shoulders bare. Its long skirt hung above the ankle and was made of a heavily starched cotton muslin called tarlatan. The “Romantic tutu,” as the new costume was called, quickly became a staple on the European ballet scene.

It soon became evident that the tutu would require further refinement. The long skirt with its five layers of fabric posed a fire hazard to dancers navigating the gaslights onstage. Also, although the tutu’s skirt featured sheer fabric, dancers were reportedly dissatisfied with its construction. They wanted to show more of their poses and footwork.

Thus, the skirt was shortened to fall above the knee by 1870. Meanwhile, ruffled drawers were added to create the famously flared effect of the “classical tutu,” which previously featured 10 layers of tarlatan.

Dancers Immortalized in Art

The French Impressionists at the close of the nineteenth century were dedicated to capturing profound moments in day-to-day living. Ballet proved to be an inviting subject for some of these artists. Edgar Degas produced paintings and sculptures depicting the reality of life for ballerinas in the Paris Opera Ballet. The ballerinas in his works are shown wearing short tutus with ruffled skirt layers.

Twentieth-Century Innovation

The early twentieth century brought some design changes to the classical tutu. Tulle made from stiffened silk or synthetic material replaced the original cotton tarlatan. This, along with the addition of wire hoops in 1940, made the skirts flare out from the dancers’ hips. These innovations supported important changes in the ballet industry. Tutus were increasingly designed to fit the unique performance styles of the modern era.

Styling the Tutu Today

To this day, the tutu remains an essential part of any ballerina’s costume. It has spread to modern popular entertainment, as well. Icelandic musician Björk turned heads when she wore the designer Marhan Pejoski’s “swan dress” on the red carpet at the 2001 Academy Awards. The tutu-style skirt topped by a mock swan’s head and neck ruffled feathers, but it was later copied by Valentino to great acclaim.

More recently, performers such as Gwen Stefani, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift have worn tutus on the stage and in music videos, inspiring a new generation to wear this showstopping garment. Among the sweetest — albeit impractical — interpretations of tutus are the handmade skirts for young children using strips of tulle knotted around elastic waistbands. 

Because the tutu has a history in professional dance performance, it isn’t often the first choice for making a fashion statement away from the stage. However, the grace and poise of the original version provide plenty of styling ideas for the modern-day trendsetter.

The Zoot Suit: More Than A Fashion Trend

The zoot suit is an iconic fashion trend from the 1940s that continues to capture the public imagination. So, what makes zoot suits so fascinating?  

Unique Design

The zoot suit is big and bold in nature. It’s hard to miss, with its characteristic shoulder padding, oversized lapels, draping fit, and wide-cut pants that taper to the ankle. In its heyday, zoot suits were made of brightly-colored fabrics. The men who wore them frequently accessorized with wide-brimmed fedora hats. While it was possible to buy a zoot suit in a store, many people chose to purchase oversized suits and amend them at the tailor.

Jazz Origins

The zoot suit was born in the jazz clubs of Harlem during the mid-1930s. From there, the trend spread to minority communities across the country.  African-American and Mexican-American men, perhaps influenced by the likes of popular jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and Cab Calloway, adopted the style in many American cities. Zoot suits could be seen in Chicago, Memphis, and Los Angeles. By the 1940s, the fashion trend was so well-recognized that it was featured in an episode of the cartoon Tom & Jerry.

The Political Significance of Zoot Suits

The extravagance of the zoot suit is one way disenfranchised communities used fashion to assert their identities during a period of upheaval. Famous activist Malcolm X wrote about the importance of the zoot suit in his autobiography. After the United States entered World War II and rationed the use of fabrics, donning an oversized suit became even more controversial.

In 1943, tensions erupted in Los Angeles between primarily white American servicemen and so-called “zoot suiters” (Mexican-American men who donned the suits). Later, a committee appointed by the Governor of California determined that racism was the central cause of the Zoot Suit Riots.

The Zoot Suit’s Cultural Legacy

Although the zoot suit craze faded in the 1950s, its legacy lives on in music and movies. The song Zoot Suit Riot by the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and the costume worn by Jim Carrey in the film The Mask are two well-known examples. Unfortunately, today, it is very difficult to find authentic zoot suits from the 1940s. Zoot suits are so rare that in 2011, a Los Angeles museum paid $80,000 for an original suit!

Petticoat: An Undergarment That Spans Centuries

A petticoat isn’t a coat but was historically used with warmth in mind. It’s an undergarment worn by women dating back several centuries. Today, the petticoat is used as more of a fashion statement than a necessary element of daily wear.

The History of the Hooped Undergarment

In the 18th century, women’s dresses were designed with open skirt fronts. Because of this, the first layer of the skirt, the underskirt or jupe, had to be as elegant as the dress itself. At the time, the petticoat was made from the same extravagant material as the dress. By 1715, the petticoat was designed to give structure to the outer dress or skirt and was made using sections of whalebone.

In the 19th century, petticoats developed several functions. They were used to:

  • protect the outer clothing
  • give a more modest look by acting as a cover for the legs
  • provide structure to the skirt or dress
  • add a layer of warmth for the wearer

Victorian women added the petticoat to their extensive range of undergarments, which already consisted of a corset, chemise, and drawers. Throughout the 19th century, petticoats were generally worn in two forms: as a full-body petticoat that consisted of a corset-like top or a separate garment that could be adjusted for more support at the waist. 

Function Combined with Fashion

Petticoats were often worn in layers. They were made out of several different materials depending on the need, from cotton in the summer to flannel for the colder months. Eventually, petticoats became less structured, and once the crinoline cage was invented, the petticoat was usually worn as a single layer for warmth and modesty.

Some women also wore another petticoat over the crinoline cage to give a softer look to their outfits. The structural changes to the petticoat led to more shape options, as seen in its narrower styles in the 1860s and the frilled styles of the Edwardian Era. 

Fashion Houses Re-Established the Petticoat’s Popularity

Some famous names associated with the petticoat include Christian Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Princess Diana, and Winona Judd, each for different reasons. 

  • Christian Dior created a line that brought about the revival of the bouffant skirt, which led to the need for petticoats. The iconic look became a fixture of 1950s teenage fashion. Think rock ‘n’ roll, jiving, and Grease. 
  • Vivienne Westwood used the medium of theater to revive the popularity of the New Romantic dress.
  • Princess Diana wed Prince Charles in a crinoline-skirted wedding gown with a petticoat, which gave rise to the use of the petticoat as shapewear for bridal gowns.
  • Wynonna Judd wore petticoats in her country-western attire on stage.

No matter how the petticoat was used in the past or today, it’s likely the petticoat will be a statement piece in women’s wardrobes for centuries to come.

Crop Top: From Exotic Allure To Flashback Fashion Trend

The crop top was initially popular in warmer parts of the world. The delay in adoption in the West, however, was owed to practical reasons. Crop tops don’t, after all, provide much protection or warmth in cooler climates. That said, the belated adoption of the crop top was also cultural in nature. Crop tops were considered daring, immodest, and exotic. 

Even after they became more common, crop tops caused a stir among fashion critics and modesty advocates alike. Modern wearers of the crop top faced much criticism. However, the garment’s controversial reception also makes it a symbol of feminist autonomy. Let’s take a closer look at how this garment gained popularity in the West and became a culturally significant garment. 

Crop Tops Were Traditionally Worn in Many Cultures

While crop tops are a fairly recent adoption in Western fashion, they’ve been around for centuries in other cultures. The traditional Indian sari was worn over a cropped top called a choli. The choli emerged in North India in the 10th century as part of a traditional three-piece outfit for women.

The choli was the uppermost part of the outfit and was traditionally made of cotton. As the choli evolved, silk was also used in its making, giving the garment a more elegant and sophisticated association.

Western Sensibilities Class the Crop Top as “Exotic”

Initially, a crop top style known as the bedlah was created by cabaret owner Badia Masabni in Egypt. Badia was famous for her dancing clubs across Cairo. Today, she is known as the woman who brought the belly dance to public attention and spearheaded its popularity across the global stage.

Her bedlah was a two-piece costume used to show off the midriff during belly dances. Dancers wore the costume during performances at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago. At the time, American audiences associated the bare-midriff look with the exotic dance and people from faraway lands. 

The Rise of the Crop Top in Western Fashion

Although the crop top was initially criticized for its revealing nature, it eventually increased in prominence in American and European fashion circles. Relatively conservative versions of the crop top rose to popularity in America as early as the 1940s. They were typically worn with high-waisted skirts, thus showing off very little skin. 

More daring versions became popular in the 1970s when the crop top became an outfit of choice for daring sex symbols. In due time, high-profile celebrities like Madonna and Cher began sporting the crop top in various guises. By the 1990s, this iconic piece of clothing became an important element of fashionable dress. Crop tops were not limited to women, either. Men frequently wore them as fashion statements, as well. 

The modern-day version is something of a flashback to these trends in the 80s and 90s. Today, women frequently wear crop tops as a statement about liberation and body positivity, especially within the plus-size fashion scene. 

Hula Skirts: Fresh, Floral Fashion

Historically, hula skirts have conjured up images of women in grass skirts and coconut bras dancing on beautiful tropical beaches. While the ocean scene isn’t too far off, the rest of the image is the product of 19th century Western stereotyping.

Traditional hula skirts were made of ti leaves or kapa cloth. Additionally, the coconut was never worn as an upper-body covering. The traditional hula dance is a moving expression of faith in powerful goddesses.

The Polynesian Triangle, according to the New World Encyclopedia, consists of islands within the geographic triangle of New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, and Easter Island. The traditional hula skirt is closely intermingled with matters of the faith on these islands. It is not known for certain the true origin of the hula skirt within the Polynesian Triangle. Historians also do not agree on when the skirt first materialized.

Today this garment is a beautiful skirt with a silhouette in between that of a full and an A-line skirt, with a distinctive smocked waistband.

The Hawaiian Islands and the Hula Skirt

The hula skirt is popularly associated with the Hawaiian Islands. It was worn during the sacred hula kahiko dance. At the time, the hula skirts were made of ti leaf and kapa cloth. The original construction of the skirt was changed as it gained in popularity, simply because these traditional materials were unavailable in the contiguous United States.

In the 19th century, it was common to see hula dancers portrayed in Vaudeville and early motion pictures wearing grass skirts. The Polynesians created the fabric for authentic hula skirts, the kapa cloth, from the bark of a mulberry plant called Wauke.

In Hawaii, this plant-based cloth was produced by first undergoing a fermentation process. The extra step of fermenting the Wauke bark resulted in a textile of finer quality. From then on, making kapa cloth became a highly skilled art form. The fabric is produced by pounding the fibrous bark of the mulberry plant into sheets.

Watermarks, floral patterns, and distinctive designs made from plant dyes further enhance the beauty of the Hawaiian kapa cloth. Once the designs are printed to the kapa cloth, plant resin is applied to set the dyes.

How The Hula Skirt Became Taboo

Unfortunately, with the influx of foreign influences to the islands in the early 19th century, the hula skirt and its associated dance of worship were banned. The cultural and religious beliefs of European Christian missionaries clashed with the traditional beliefs on the islands.

Shortly after the death of King Kamehameha I, his wife, Queen Ka’ahumanu, came to power. The queen had converted to Christianity, and in the year 1830, she made it illegal to perform the hula. The Queen’s rule ended with her death just two years later. However, many textile, cultural, and religious traditions were lost to the original inhabitants of the Hawaiian Islands because of her royal edicts.

Fortunately, her successor, King Kamehameha III, was more friendly toward the original beliefs of his people and ignored the ban on hula dances. In the mid 19th century, hula dancing was again legal. However, heavily regulated performances could only commence after the payment of expensive fees. 

The Kapa Cloth: Then and Now

As the hula dance saw a decline, so did the production of the kapa cloth. Foreign trends soon dominated the islands and those who produced kapa cloth took their knowledge of the craft to the grave. Today’s hula skirts are brightly colored with wide, smocked, and elasticized waistbands.

Modern hula skirts are typically made from blends of cotton and polyester rather than the traditional kapa cloth. In the 1970s, a resurgence of respect for cultural heritage resulted in a renewed interest in the virtually lost art of kapa making. The 20th-century revival of the art faced many challenges, as modern textile makers had to produce the cloth with very little information to guide them.

Today, it is extremely difficult to find clothing made from the Wauke bark. Skirts may be called kapa or tapa skirts, but they are generally a reference to the design elements rather than the actual material of the garment. Modern hula skirts are overwhelmingly produced from varying blends of modern fabrics like cotton and polyester. Although kapa cloth is rare, the modern hula skirts are beautiful and impart a unique character to the lovely Hula Kahiko and Hula Auana dancers.

Dungarees: The Working Man’s Pants

Dungaree has a long history as durable fabric for work attire.

Dungarees: an apparently simple clothing item packed with a big historical punch. You have probably donned a pair of these pants once or twice in your life, or maybe you’re an avid wearer. Not only do dungarees have a storied past, but they are also making fashion waves in the present. 

Beginnings

Dungarees were born in a small, dockside village in India called Dongri. The blue or white-colored cotton cloth produced here, “dungri,” was sturdy, durable, and thick — a perfect medium for workwear. British colonialism eventually brought the fabric to England, where the cloth’s name morphed into “dungaree,” the word we know today. The late 1700s saw the use of dungarees as an outfit for factory workers, farmers, mechanics, and slaves. 

In Great Britain, the term refers strictly to overalls. In America, it can refer to fabric, a pair of jean trousers, or overalls. As early as the mid-1800s, with the assistance of businessmen Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis, dungarees came into use across America as the uniforms of manual laborers and military men. In fact, various professions were assigned specific types of dungarees. For example, railroad workers had vertical striped overalls and painters had white overalls. Dungarees were also used as utility wear for members of the U.S. Navy during World War One. 

Modern Dungaree

Until the middle of the twentieth century, dungaree was not a woman’s fabric, nor was it worn by members of the upper class. This all changed as the age of motion pictures was ushered in. Audiences across America watched dungarees turn into an essential look for cowboys, greasers, and rebels. Many celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, and Elton John, began to sport dungarees. Soon, the clothing changed from a fashion faux-pas to a must-wear look. 

Today, dungarees are being sold by lots of major fashion retailers, such as Forever 21, Urban OutfittersFree People, and Nordstrom.

Some current celebrities who have been seen showing off their own pairs of dungarees include Milly Bobby Brown from the popular Netflix original Stranger Things and Elizabeth Moss from Hulu’s adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale. Sandra Bullock, Kate Hudson, Taylor Swift, and even Beyoncé have also joined in on the trend. While dungarees today are very popular among women, they are having a moment in men’s fashion, as well. Male celebrities like actor Chris Pine, musician ASAP Rocky, actor Ashton Kutcher, and musician Chance the Rapper have all stepped out in dungarees. 

Dungaree vs. Denim

It’s easy to assume that dungaree is simply another word for denim. The two fabrics are very similar and are useful for tough, sturdy clothing pieces. In fact, dungaree is often dubbed “blue-denim.” In reality, the two fabrics are only somewhat distinct. Dungaree fabric is traditionally made from yarn pre-dyed with indigo, while denim is dyed after weaving. When dungaree is being woven, the warp threads (threads that run vertically) are pre-dyed blue, while the weft threads (threads that run horizontally) are left white. Aside from this slight difference, dungaree and denim are identical. 

Fit and Feel

Dungarees began as an uncomfortable, unfashionable and poorly-fitting garment. Much has changed since their inception; you can now buy a pair of fantastically comfortable and stylish dungarees. Most are now sold pre-shrunken, which means that the buyer does not have to worry about his or her pair of dungarees shrinking after the first wash. Instead, they can walk out of the store with the perfect size. You can also buy dungarees in a variety of finishes, from acid-wash to dark-wash, and styles, from flared to super-skinny. If you don’t already have a favorite style, start exploring. Your options are nearly endless. Nowadays, the term “dungarees” is interchangeable with “jeans” and “denims,” so keep that in mind. 

For more information in the realm of dungarees, check out our post on jeans. Happy reading!