The Utility Fashion Trend: Form and Function

Utility Fashion

Take a fresh approach to the utility trend. Make modern shapes from a crisp palette of dreamy creams and sober blacks.

Photography by Levon Baird Styling by Jessie Aylmore

Utility Fashion

Thais: Maje jumpsuit, $525. Veronika Maine top, $99. Kurt Geiger shoes, $295. Levante socks, $34.95 (set of 3). Céline earrings, $670. Kevin: Anthony Squires coat, $1199. Jac+Jack knit, $449. Sportscraft pants, $149.99. 

The ultimate in utility style, cotton-drill overalls are a practical and refreshing alternative to pants. Layer a fine knit underneath and add a pair of statement earrings for a feminine touch.Utility Fashion

Kevin: Saba jacket, $229. Saturdays NYC top, $160. Emporio Armani pants, $660. Thais: Max Mara coat, $2125. Jac+Jack T-shirt, $80. Jigsaw pants, $279. Céline earrings, $670.

White T-shirts are the blank canvas on which to build any look, but they can benefit from a tweak here and there. Go from basic to boss by playing with different textures and lengths.

Utility Fashion

 Viktoria & Woods jacket, $490. J Brand denim jacket, $419. Céline earrings, $1300.

Bombers are everywhere, but yours doesn’t have to blend in with the crowd. Up the ante by adding a statement collar. The advantage here is two-fold: a bigger-style shirt will also give you more license to layer with slimmer jackets or warmer fabrics underneath.

Utility Fashion

Bassike shirt, $320. Emporio Armani pants, $740. Witchery corset, $59.95. Céline earrings, $1300.

A innovative accessory for winter, the corset is best worn over a large-cut button-up shirt and with oversized chinos.Utility Fashion

Nudie Jeans jacket, $299. Sportscraft pants, $149.99. Stylist’s own cord.

Originally designed for tough days in the factory, a French worker’s jacket will put the hours in during those tricky four-seasons-in-one-day days.

Utility Fashion

Viktoria & Woods coat, $890.Céline earrings, $1300. 

Invest in a classic coat with a twist, but stick to neutral tones to ensure it will work with most outfits.Utility Fashion

Maje dress, $685. Alexander Wang shoes, $1165. Céline earrings, $1300.

An easy throw-it-on dress needn’t be sack-like or dull. Asymmetric pinstripes and a drawstring at the hip make this beauty a no-brainer.

Utility Fashion

Thais: Bianca Spender boiler suit, $895. Céline earrings, $670. Kevin: Theory top, $299. Saturdays NYC pants, $240.

Nothing says confidence quite like a boiler suit. An oversized cut is more chic and more comfortable than anything skin-tight.Utility Fashion

Thais: C&M Camilla and Marc coat, $799. Kevin: Hugo Boss coat, $799. Theory top, $299. Zanerobe pants, $129.95.

Like navy is to black, smalt blue is a winning alternative to neutrals like tan and khaki.

Utility Fashion

Country Road blazer, $299. David Lawrence knit, $149. Sandro pants, $370. Theory belt bag, $525. Céline earrings, $1300.

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