We owe dungarees’ revival to one person and one person only – Alexa Chung. Once just a favourite among pre schoolers and Dexys Midnight Runners, the model-come-presenter made them suitably cool again when she worked her skirt version with a cute prairie top at Reading festival last year.

And if you dare to give them a go, you won’t regret it. A practical halfway house between shorts and a playsuit, dungarees will become your new summer essential, proving to be perfect for upcoming festivals, barbeques and lazy days in the park – casual cool at their very best.

And, as a new wave of denim floods into stores, now’s the best time to snap them up.

See our steps below on how to make this look work for grown-ups…

We love Mango’s mid-wash dungarees. Slouchy and sexy with cute button and pocket details, this is the versatile pair you’ll wear all summer.

Mango short denim dungarees, £49.90, available at ASOS. BUY NOW!


Dungarees with a breton stripe tee is the perfect combination, demonstrated by Alexa herself. This lightweight 3/4 length sleeved tee from Reiss is a classic staple and will go perfectly with the mid wash denim (as well as sorting out any upper arm issues you may have).

Reiss Bonnie jersey tee, £59, available at Reiss. BUY NOW!


Espadrilles are the perfect shoe for this look, adding the essential height needed for dungarees without looking tarty. This pair of pink peeptoes from Topshop are cute and comfortable, and will add a fun pop of colour.

Whisper pink peep toe espadrilles, £50, available at Topshop. BUY NOW!


Shield yourself from the sun in the coolest way possible with Eugenia Kim’s straw panama. We love the polka dot sash – it adds a playful feel to this classic look.

Eugenia Kim polka dot panama hat, £298, available at Matches. BUY NOW!

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