Let’s get things straight from the start. I LOVE A DUNGAREE! Take them into summer with splash of Lemonpeel joy.
My longtime favourites are dug out every summer and are supersized, clown dungarees in a now faded navy cotton. I adore them. I think I paid £8.99 for them. They’re super light, comfortable, E N O R M O U S and make me feel ‘cute’ – not a word I’d use to describe myself often. More importantly, they make me happy.
Slip a tee underneath, a trainer down below a rolled-up cotton cuff and you’re done. Plus… pockets.
Quite clearly, they’re destined to be one of the staples of this summer because they’re all over the place. Yay! Why am I so excited? Because they need a T-shirt to make them work – preferably a Lemonpeel T-shirt.
Here’s my roundup of the best dungarees out there for 2021 – designed with style in mind and guaranteed to make you look like an adult, not Super Mario, a toddler or a member of Dexy’s Midnight Runners.
Some tips - according to Vogue, these are the things to note when sourcing your dungaree:
I've ignored Vogue and am currently OBSESSED with my Laurie Jumpsuit from Plumo. I would wear these oversized lovelies with a fresh Lemonpeel tee every day for the rest of my life! I love them.
Of course, you could go for a hyper-pricey style from Stella McCartney, Celine or Alexa Chung (upwards of £500!), but that would be ridiculous. They are, after all, made of denim - not gold. However, please note Lemonpeelers - they sell out despite the stupidity of the price. Let's look at the more affordable end of the market.
As one might expect, Gap has a good basic pair in a classic indigo at £54.95.
Lucyandyak have dungarees in every possible shape and size. Look beyond the Grayson-Perry-on-an-extravagant-day madness of some of them and you will find some great value, well-made core shapes.
Seventy + Mochi’s Suki Dungaree is particularly well cut (£120). It’s got adjustable straps and even a hem tab that can change the leg shape. They have good sustainable heritage and describe themselves as a consciously kind denim brand which uses recycled materials.
LornaRuby.com has a gorgeous pair of Bellerose Petra Overalls in cotton but, at the time of writing, only the small was left in stock. Here’s hoping they will restock soon.
Anthropologie has a whole page full, including leather and tie-dye (they look better than they sound).
Free People also has a great selection with the boyish Kenny Overall as a good slouchy option.
Here's to some casual, dungaree-based cool! Enjoy.