Fashion rarely hits that sweet spot between functional, flattering and stylish - but every once in a while a trend arrives that works for all ages, all shapes and all occasions. This summer, that trend is dungarees.
Classic blue denim dungarees last had their moment in the early-to-mid 90s, when they were worn ripped and baggy over plain white t-shirts. But today’s dungarees are much more versatile. Carrying on from the jumpsuit and playsuit trend of recent years, modern dungarees can be sleek and elegant, low-slung and casual, or short and flirty. We’ve scoured the stores for the best dungarees for summer, so you can find the pair that works for you.
Classic dungareesThink Jennifer Aniston in season two of Friends – classic dungarees are light blue and surprisingly versatile. Channel the 90s by pairing these Levi's with a crop top and Converse low-tops, or take your lead from fashionistas like Alexa Chung and wear them rolled up at the hem with heels and a bralet.
French ConnectionRiviera Denim Dungarees£63SHOP NOW
Wide leg dungareesPalazzo pants have been everywhere this summer, so it was only a matter of time before the wide leg trend made its way to the world of denim. These wide leg French Connection dungarees could almost pass for couture, thanks to the unique silhouette. Wear to work with a pretty blouse and block heels.
Coloured dungareesIf you want to stand out from the masses, you have to look beyond the usual choices of blue, black and white denim. The rich berry colour of these Cara dungarees will look even better once they’ve seen a bit of wear and tear. Plus, by choosing an unusual colour, you don’t have to worry about accessorising – just add a t-shirt and trainers and you’re good to go!
TopshopBoyfriend Short Dungarees£39SHOP NOW
Short dungareesThe ideal alternative to the ubiquitous denim shorts, short dungarees are cute and flirty, and work on just about any body shape. Choose a loose-fitting style like these Moto boyfriend shorts, so you aren’t restricted by tight denim when the temperature rises. Wear with flip flops or sandals to a summer festival or a day in the country.
MissguidedFaux Suede Dungarees£30SHOP NOW
Luxe dungareesThe rise of the playsuit has forced dungaree designers to up their game considerably, giving us luxe options for the first time. Just check out these faux suede studded short dungarees. They are roomy enough to withstand the heat on holiday evenings, but stylish enough to pass for evening wear. Just add heels and tanned legs and you have a semi-formal pair of dungarees that you can wear all night long.
Sugarhill BoutiqueFreda Polka Dot Dungarees£45SHOP NOW
Non-denim dungareesWho says dungarees have to be made of denim? There are a number of great non-denim alternatives in the stores right now, in materials ranging from faux suede (see above), to swishy silk, sturdy corduroy, and cotton. The light cotton mix of these Sugarhill Boutique dungarees will keep you cool on the commute, and can easily be dressed up or down depending on your accessories.