Just as soon as we’d slipped into billowing maxi dresses, breezy linens and, dare we say it, swimwear, summer has already taken a sabbatical to make way for the rain. How very British. If it’s time to cover up again, that’s where trusted summer denim comes in. The bread and butter of our weekend wardrobes, denim is a fail safe come rain or shine, and this season there’s plenty of it.

We’re not just talking jeans here, high street and designer collections have plenty in the way of dreamy denim, from vintage-inspired dresses, charming ruffled tops and oversized off-duty jackets, putting a spin on our most worn fabric.

Look to & Other Stories for the cutest puff sleeved babydoll dress, Zara for interesting colourways (we love their tie-dye take on a denim jacket) and French label Sezane for flattering, ’70s-inspired dungarees. But it’s Free People that has really caught our eye in the denim department, with a wealth of cool, boho pieces, from the smocked Sadie Tunic to the Charlie Buttondown blouse with its oversized statement collar.

A denim jacket is a summer wardrobe essential, whether thrown over a pretty dress or classic white tee, and we think we’ve found the perfect shape in Wardrobe NYC’s curve-hem style. If the £600 price tag is a little eye watering, high street favourite Warehouse has a great quilted style (another big SS21 trend) with roomy sleeves and a cropped boxy fit at a more manageable price point. And M&S’s soft light denim Carpenter Jacket will add an extra layer to so many summer looks with ease.

Shop our pick of the best below…

Free PeopleSadie Denim Tunic

Price: £98

MangoMidi Denim Skirt

Price: £35.99

The Frankie ShopFrayed Edge Denim Shorts

Price: 79 €

The Frankie ShopColina Apron Dress

Price: 194 €

A twist on the wardrobe staple, Zara's festival-friendly tie-dye jacket does rave cool for grown-ups. Layer over a little white dress or go full-look with the matching shorts.

Free PeopleTala Midi Dress

Price: £140

The Frankie ShopAave Pleat Jeans

Price: 125 €

WarehouseDenim Quilted Jacket

Price: £63.20 (was £79)

Sezane's Rosario jumpsuit is giving us all the French girl vibes - think Jane Birkin circa the late '60s. Pair with a short sleeved rib knit or vintage tee underneath.

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