Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Overall Winner; Fashion Alexa and Keira Have Donned Their Dungarees So Bibs Are No Longer for Babies. Buckle Up, Says Emma McCarthy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Overall Winner; Fashion Alexa and Keira Have Donned Their Dungarees So Bibs Are No Longer for Babies. Buckle Up, Says Emma McCarthy

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Byline: Emma McCarthy

AT WHAT age are you too old to wear dungarees? Forty? Twenty-five? Or perhaps the day you leave your cot and upgrade to a big girl's bed? Well, if the capital's style fraternity is anything to go by, you may never need to outgrow your overalls.

Alexa Chung, for one, isn't about to relinquish the style to the preschool set. The self-appointed queen of the bib-and-braces look never misses an opportunity to don her favourite denims worn short with a Breton tee and espadrilles, worn long with a ballet pump and trench coat, or worn after dark with a silk shirt and metallic platform.

But earlier this month the model took her dedication to all things dungaree a step further as she unveiled her hotly anticipated collection for US jeans brand AG. Which of course included a pair of cropped-flare denim dungarees. Which of course she wore to the launch event at Selfridges, teamed with a white pie-crust collar and a pair of battered Converse. It was a look that wouldn't look out of place among the ball pools at a soft-play centre. But on the 31-year-old it was fresh, fun and a little bit funky. In a good way.

Chung's long-standing commitment to the style could easily outstrip that of Mothercare's most junior clientele, but she's not the only one loyal to all-in-one Continued on Page 28 Continued from Page 27 denim. Keira Knightley in a pair of dungarees, for example, is proof that the ultimate girl next door will never swap the neighbourhood for Hollywood entirely.

While Knightley's well versed in whipping out a cracking gown usually of Chanel origin for every red-carpet event, the actress is at her most content in her trusty pair of Citizens of Humanity "Quincy" overalls. Worn last week with a beanie, trainers and a plain navy trench, the look serves as an homage to the tomboy we first saw on a football pitch, bending it like Beckham. Though her choice of handbag shows she's not about to abandon her commitment to Chanel entirely.

Fellow dungarees ambassadors include Liv Tyler, who like Knightley has discovered the timehonoured virtues of this babybump fashion staple, and Gwen Stefani, who jazzes up the classic dungaree-and-sloppy-sweatshirt combo with red lips and giant shades. …

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