Dungarees in Italy

Dungarees and striped top outfit

This is technically two outfits in one! Okay, so not really because the second “outfit” is, well, this:

Dungarees and striped top outfit

Yep, I literally just took the shoulder straps off and folded the “bib” part down. Is there a better word for that part of the dungarees so I don’t sound like a 5 year old that needs covering up when eating? I mean, not because I don’t…I had to practically smother myself with a napkin the night I wore white jeans out. Even though I chose a white pizza, I still ended up with one of like the 3 tomatoes on it splattered on my napkin, so it definitely did save the trousers!
I digress, here is an outfit from Italy. If you saw my “What to wear in Italy in Spring” guide you’ll know that I’ve been on a SURPRISE holiday for my mum’s birthday. Of course, I’d known about it since November but had to keep it a secret from my mum and she reads the blog, so no mention whatsoever was allowed! Finally I can talk about it…after the fact, not when I actually needed everyone’s help with what bikini to buy and what to wear in spring in Italy. You’ll also know if you read that post that I struggled over what to choose to take with me, but here is a classic outfit put together from those pieces. The long sleeved T shirt and thick denim for a bit of warmth for chilly shaded areas, bare legs and sandals because I wouldn’t get a chance to wear those back home for a while (apparently a LONG while as despite the fact that it is practically May, we currently have on and off snow in Yorkshire, because that’s awesome…).

What to wear in Italy in spring What to wear in Italy in spring

So why the two variations of the outfit, I hear you ask. Well, because my mum – designated Weather Woman (we have a song, hand actions and everything) told us this day was going to be warm but a little rainy. She slightly failed on this count (sorry, Weather Woman!) because this was the hottest day of our holiday and we spent it walking up and down steps and hills in warm sunshine in a slightly odd place: D’Annunzio’s Vittoriale degli Italiani. Gabriel D’Annunzio was a slightly eccentric Italian writer who lived in the late 1800s. His home and garden overlooking Lake Garda are now open to the public. We wandered the garden for a few hours, and there’s no shortage of things to see including water gardens (like in these photos), an amphitheatre, a scarily symmetrical mausoleum and the bow of a ship, where an Italian male model was doing a fashion photoshoot with an eagle, because obviously. And yes of course, we zoomed on his face and tried to figure out who he was, but no idea so far!
So as I was trying to say, before I got distracted as usual, it was warmer than expected so I didn’t need the cardigan and my double layer on top had to be folded down. My mum said it looked fine, my sister looked at me with doubt, so I’m not sure whether it was the “done thing” or not, but I’ve never really been one for the done thing anyway!
But I have definitely just realised when searching for the link for this dress that I totally copied the model on ASOS’ outfit…woops.

Dungarees and striped top outfit

Outfit Details

Striped Top: Collectif | Denim Dungarees Skirt: ASOS | Sandals: New Look via ASOS


  1. April 29, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    Love it! Think you totally rock the bib down look! 🙂 I hear you about this Yorkshire weather – what the hell?! We almost got snowed in to Holmfirth Vineyard last night after a meal at the restaurant (snowed in with a lot of wine….kind of wish it had happened!). Thank god for fiance with 4×4 as taxis were refusing to come up there! Nuts – it’s May in 2 days!
    Hope you had an amazing time in Italy – where were you? I lived in Florence for 3 years and I think it will always feel a bit like home to me! x

    • Sian Thomas
      April 29, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you! I know – it’s madness! Haha although that doesn’t sound like it would be TOO bad 😀 I was hoping to stand out and watch the Tour de Yorkshire go by too, but may not be doing so if it carries on like this XD
      We were at Lake Garda – it’s so beautiful! I love Italy, but I’ve never visited Florence. We’re doing the tourist thing in July though and spending 2 nights in Venice after a week in Austria which I’m excited about 🙂

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