Dungarees & Boilersuits

Life is too short to wear boring clothes... That applies to your little ones too!

Susie here! There is something hugely liberating about wearing dungarees. Any item of clothing that makes you feel happy, fun and childlike, is fine by me! When you become an adult and have responsibilities, endless unanswered emails, bills, school runs and little snotty noses to wipe, it’s easy to feel like life has become waaaaaay too serious.

When life feels too serious, it becomes even more depressing when you spend your life confined to boring clothes!

Any form of “all in one” can be scary when you first try it. I have many clients that have shuddered in fear when I have presented a jumpsuit in a changing room, but ended up loving it, and then buying several others, months later. Wearing it for the first time can be scary but you soon get used to it.

Boilersuits are going to be huge this season, and I can personally vouch for how comfortable they are. Due to their loose fitting nature, it’s always best to size down (yes, even in Topshop!).

Both boilersuits, current stock from ASOS.com

Who do they suit?

While jumpsuits suit all body shapes, dungarees are slightly more restrictive. Due to the clasp detail and position of the upper part of the dungarees, they are less forgiving for women with fuller busts (say, an F cup, upwards).

If you have a fuller bust, you could always try wearing your dungarees undone for a more relaxed, casual look. I have been known to wear mine like this, by the time it’s 6pm and I am cooking dinner!

Street Style: 90s denim dungarees with leather biker jacket and comfy high top trainers

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Boilersuits are a great alternative to dungarees, if you have a fuller bust, yet they also work on smaller busted ladies. They usually have a zipped upper body, which works well for all shapes, even if you’re breastfeeding and need easy access.


Boilersuit, current stock from Boohoo, at ASOS.com

I’m plus size – why can’t I find any boiler suits?

Boilersuits don’t tend to come in many plus size ranges, so if you’re above a size 20, it’s worth going down the jumpsuit route instead (of which there are many!). Go for big, bold patterns and style them in the same way that we have recommended below.

I’m tall. Can I wear boilersuits?

Hell yes, girlfriend. This style was positively MADE for you! Go forth and boilersuit yourself up.

I’m petite. Can I wear boilersuits?

Many petite ranges stock boilersuits, but I recommend sizing down to ensure they don’t drown your frame too much.

asos petite

Boilersuit, current stock from ASOS.com

How do I style them?

Dungarees and boilersuits look great as casual daywear. All they need are a pair of trainers in springtime or flip flops in summertime! Roll up the cuffs and hems of your boilersuit, to feminise the look.


Boilersuit, current stock from Topshop

If you’re unsure how to style dungarees, you can’t go too wrong. You can keep the look really plain and simple, with a white tee underneath, or a Breton stripe. When it’s warmer, go for a vest top, and when it’s cooler you can even pop a jumper underneath.

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Just a word of caution – never wear yellow underneath a pair of dungarees as you’ll look like a Minion!

What style of dungarees are best?

Dungarees come in a variety of styles. The style that suits most body shapes, would be a pair of dungarees with a skinny jean style leg. A relaxed, boyfriend style dungaree, is great if you’re really tall or you have slender hips.

Dungarees are also great to wear when you are pregnant and want to feel stylish, not frumpy!

ASOS DESIGN denim dungaree in washed black ASOS DESIGN Maternity denim dungaree in rinsewash

Both current stock from ASOS.com

How should a boiler suit fit?

With boiler suits, they are traditionally designed to be loose fitting, so don’t worry if it’s not super fitted like a jumpsuit or pair of dungarees. The loose fitting nature of a boiler suit, adds to the cool, casual element and is really comfortable!

How do I leave the house confidently?

The first time you wear your dungarees or boilersuit out of the house, you will feel self conscious. This is only natural because it’s down the “upper end” of the scary scale on most people’s comfort zones! It doesn’t help when your husband or partner makes a rude comment (I will skip to the ending – men don’t tend to like them!).

When you wear something new for the first time, you may feel like the whole World is watching and staring, but most people are too consumed in their own minds, worries, thoughts and insecurities, to be worried about what others are wearing. In short, no one cares.

If they do stare, and if they do say anything, it is probably because they think you look fab, or they wish they were brave to take such a style risk.

I felt really scared wearing mine for the first time, but now I love them and I feel like 12 year old Susie when I spring around in them. You should really try it!


SS19 Trend Report

Your Styled by Susie guide to all that’s hot next season, by Sarah Lilly.

It seems unimaginable to think beyond the glitter and sparkle of the festive season, but for those of us who are trying daily to build lasting capsule wardrobes out of Christmas Jumpers and sequinned boob tubes the glimpse of next season’s trends is a welcome sight!

Below I’ll reveal the trends we think are going to be hitting the highstreet, what to look for now and how to get a step ahead of the fashion pack.

Whats great about looking at the Catwalks is that, to some degree, everything filters down to the highstreet. At first glance it’s easy to look and see a mass of collections that simply won’t work in Tesco or on the school run, but when you look closely, you can start to spot some trends that might start popping up over the coming months.

Colour palette

We’ll see a nice even mix of offerings for the seasons, with winters and summers having pale yellows, light blues, pale sage greens and cobalt blue. Autumns do well again this season with deep olives greens, warm reds and chocolate browns – springs can pinch some autumn colours including like the warm reds. Cobalt blues will be a colour we can all use – team SBS colours anyone?!
Below l-r: buttermilk yellow, powder blue, sage green, oat, deep olive, auburn red, cobalt blue, chocolate brown.

Shapes and cuts

We’ll see eighties shapes continue – think shoulder pads and big earrings. Skirt lengths are midi, A-line, asymmetrical and maxi. We’ll see some difference in waistlines with the 1920s dropped waistband, although thankfully The high-waisted trouser is staying (I hear the cheer!). Trousers continue to be beautiful and wide-legged or slim and tapered, cigarette style.

Lace and trimmings

Where to buy now: Warehouse, Zara, Dorothy Perkins, M&S.

Look for pieces that have a little lace detail, like the above Zara trousers with a lace cuff at the bottom, or the warehouse jumper with tonal lace inlay at the neck.

Feathers and fringing

Where to buy now: Topshop, Dorothy Perkins.

This trend is obviously one of the more extreme. The best way to add a little bit into your outfit its to accessorise. This could be with a cool necklace, earrings or indeed the feather mule!

Pattern clash continued…

Where to buy now: Warehouse, H&M, Mango.

The simplest way to do this trend is to DIY it. This trend has been around 2 seasons now and is getting more extreme. A easy way of doing it is adding a patterned belt to a patterned dress, or some patterned tights to a patterned skirt. Its really an ‘anything goes’ trend, so don’t be scared to go bold!

Coloured tailoring

Where to buy now: Warehouse, Dorothy Perkins, River Island.

This is probably the easiest fashion update you can go for. Accessible to all of us, this trend is suitable for all body shapes and there will be a broad range of colours to choose from.

The BIG bow

Where to buy now: Zara, M&S.

Oh my goodness this trend makes me happy! This is why I adore fashion so much – there is a sense of humour at the root of this. Our interpretation doesn’t have to be so oversized – instead tie a pussy bow with a silky blouse, or you could incorporate the above pattern clash and tie a silky scarf in a big bow over the top of a printed blouse or t-shirt.

The cycling short

This is more of a heads up than a ‘lets do this!’. There is one place these belong and thats, lets see, oh yeah, they don’t…

And just in case there was ever any doubt…