If you thought dungarees are only for messy painting projects or tomboys it’s time to adopt a fresh perspective.

Women’s dungarees – or overalls as they have now been coined – feature in the SS16 collections by Stella McCartney, Chloe and Valentino.

Dungarees can be fierce, off-duty or cute and girly – it all depends what you wear them with. Take a fresh look at dungarees with these 5 different ways to wear them.

Dungarees at night

Missguided Denim Skinny Dungarees Washed BlackDenim Skinny Dungarees Washed Black, £40, Misguided


For a fierce going-out look wear skinny dungarees over a cropped sleeveless turtle neck. A flash of midriff and a pair of high-heeled ghillie lace-up sandals and statement clutch give dungarees a grown-up makeover.

Off-duty dungarees

Daisy Street Distressed DungareesDaisy Street Distressed Dungarees, £34.99, ASOS


Light-wash distressed dungarees look stylish worn over a roomy white shirt. Mix it up with smart and casual pieces worn together. Finish the look with Converse trainers for a creative off-duty look.

short dungarees

Madewell Denim OverallsMadewell Denim Overalls, £125, Net-a-porter


Get your pins out in a cute pair of denim shorts dungarees. For simple styling, a fitted crew neck t-shirt underneath is an easy option.

If this makes you feel too young or tomboyish, a feminine option is to wear a white cold shoulder top underneath, exposing the décolletage and shoulders. Finish the look with flat sandals and a straw trilby.

Aye aye captain

Boohoo White Denim Full Length DungareesSofia White Denim Full Length Dungarees, £30, Boohoo


Give your dungarees a nautical makeover with a long-sleeved Breton stripe or navy/white stripe top and boat shoes. Choose white or navy dungarees and roll-up the hems for added style points.

Flared dungarees

River Island Flared Denim DungareesRiver Island Flared Denim Dungarees, £50, ASOS


Give your dungarees that seventies vibe by choosing a pair with a flared leg. Flat ankle tie sandals, tasselled accessories and a pair of hoop earrings complete the look.

Or why not pick a pair with colourful embroidery as seen at Valentino, where bright butterflies were embroidered onto overalls. Or go for floral embroidery on dungarees, as done by House of Holland, who spiced up white denim overalls with floral motifs.