DUNGAREES: casual or work pants made from a denim-type fabric

Young builder in a hardhat and dungarees standing on an outdoor building site checking on order or contract

Today we call them jeans and they are a fashion item.   You can buy them in J.C. Penney’s or you can go to fashion shops in New York City (like 3×1)  and pay ten times the Penney price. We used to wear dungarees (now called jeans) because they were cheap, sturdy, and anything but fashionable.   […]

JEANS: casual pants made from denim

I’m of  the generation that remembers when jeans were called dungarees.  In those days the word implied that the coarse, denim pants were designed for, and purchased for, something called “work.”   Because they were relatively inexpensive and easily cared for, they could be worn to muck out horse stalls, dig ditches, tame a horse, mow […]