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Let's talk dungarees!

Let's talk dungarees!

Many people assume dungarees originated in USA but they actually came from India in the 17th century - the English took the coarse local cloth called ‘dungri’ and exported it to make workwear trousers which they called dungarees.

Originally dungarees were conceived as a utilitarian clothing designed to be worn over a shirt and trousers as a shield against grease, oil and mud. ⚒️⛓️

It wasn’t till the mid-1800s that Levi’s took these workwear trousers and added a bib and shoulder straps to create the dungarees we know and love today!

charlie chaplin wearing dungarees Charlie Chaplin

Dungarees were made from durable fabrics such as heavy denim and canvas - this made them popular among the working class as they were tough and the bib was great for holding tools! Dungarees were colour coded based on professions 😎: striped for railroad workers, white for painters and blue for everyone else. 🚂 👩‍🎨

During both world wars, women filled the jobs of their male counterparts, taking jobs that can often get a bit grubby, so a desire for a feminine, durable work uniform soon arose. More and more stylish styles appeared, with the addition of a tighter waist and more fashionable pockets! Girl power! 💯👊🏻

The dungaree started to transcend the realms of manual labour when they were worn by the likes of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Judy Garland who turned the dungaree into a desirable garment. ✌🏼

Judy Garland wearing dungarees driving a tractor

Judy Garland

Dungarees came back in the 90s in a big way! A majority of people wore them for the style. The default look was a light-coloured denim dungarees styled with one strap undone and a bright, short sleeve button up underneath (think Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) 😆

Dungarees have stood the test of time from a simple piece of 17th-century cloth to the utilitarian and ultra-cool garment worn by everyone! If you don’t have at least one pair of these wardrobe staples then check out our range in-store or visit our Instagram and DM us!

Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air wearing dungarees
Will Smith / Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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Transeasonal Dressing with Arkive Vintage

Gigi Hadid denim jacket and jeans outfit

Dead leaves and the dirty ground, yes, Autumn is in full swing in the southern hemisphere and that means out with seasonal dressing and in with transeasonal dressing. 

Arkive Vintage is here to help you nail your transeasonal wardrobe, invest in key classic pieces that are “season-less”, versatile and can be styled to see you through all kinds of weather. This idea of dressing is good for the planet and for your bank account, win win! 

 “I prefer to think in terms of favourites I like to wear year-round: a beautiful trench, a sumptuous sweater, the perfect pair of jeans, a trophy shirt, a great sweatshirt, a sophisticated shirtdress—these are items that are not bound to any season (or locale) and can be adjusted and layered as needed.” - Coco Chan, head of womenswear 


Jenny Walton - Credit: Frenchy Style 

Layering is key. Try wearing a crop top over a button down or spring sweater to add a fresh element to your outfit. Another fun tip is pairing a sleeveless vest or piece of outerwear over your favorite leather jacket.” - Elizabeth Leventhal, Moda Operandi general merchandising manager of ready-to-wear



Left: Gwen Stefani - Credit: Flame Flynet & Right: Rihanna - Credit: Bauer Griffin 



Credit: Arkive Vintage 

“I recommend investing in key pieces which can be styled for many different occasions. We also tend to buy classic pieces in shades of black, white and grey, this shouldn’t be the case. My advice is to have a bit of fun with your wardrobe and embrace colour! - Lisa Aiken, Net-A-Porter fashion director



Left: Camille Charrière - Credit: Sandra Semburg & Right: Brooklyn Beckham - Credit: Getty

 “Layers are the key to nailing trans-seasonal style because you can just peel them off when you need to.” - London-based, Parisian-born brand consultant Camille Charrière



 Credit: Arkive Vintage 

So add some Arkive Vintage to your Autumn Almanac for an effortless transeasonal wardrobe by visiting us in store or online now.

Arkive Vintage Spins The Black Circle This Record Store Day!

Arkive Vintage Spins The Black Circle This Record Store Day!

It’s Record Store Day!!! Arkive Vintage shows our love for all things music by supporting musicians, including our very own Marco, and the bricks and mortar temple of music The Record Store, can I have an AMEN! We love nothing more than heading into our local faves Rocking Horse or Butter Beats to while away the hours in this vinyl oasis.

Back in 2007 some indie record store owners and employees came up with the idea for a Record Store Day as a way to honour that "je ne sais quoi" that record stores have brought to music lovers worldwide everyday for decades.


We're in good company with Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner & Justin Theroux! Credit: US Weekly

This Record Store Day Arkive Vintage only wants to be in your wardrobe collection, so we have put together a lil’ edit of some of our fave band t-shirts in store RN!

 Couple Of Smooth Operators...

Left: Kate Bosworth - Credit: BackGrid & Right: Arkive Vintage 


 Look for the purple banana, always...

Left: Kim Kardashian - Credit: Hellmuth Dominguez/Pacific Coast News & Right: Arkive Vintage


 Ooh! We've got a Whole Lotta Love for these looks...

Left: Arkive Vintage & Right: Kaia Gerber - Credit:


There's Something so special about wearing a Beatles t-shirt.

Left: Arkive Vintage & Right: Willow Smith - Credit: Road_Splash

 So Ch-Check It Out in-store or online now!






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