Utility is a word that’s been floating around in recent months, and has quickly moved up the ranks in our fashion vocab list. This style has been blasted across the fashion industry. From catwalks, to magazine covers, to chic street style ensembles.
Perfect for an everyday outing, the utilitarian style is fashion with an effortless vibe. It’s a get-it-on-and-go kind of situation. No time to agonise over your outfit? Can’t find any matching pieces in your wardrobe? Throw on a boiler suit and let go of the stress.
The new utility is fashion with a function. Head to work. Head to the shops. Head out for dinner. The trend is literally suited for ANY occasion. Want to know how to style it?
But how do you wear combat trousers, boiler suits and khaki without looking like your Uncle Dave on his latest fishing trip?
What was previously labelled as an affordable civilian clothing style in the 1900s during war years has actually gone full reversal. People who pull off the utility trend now are admired and awarded style credibility. If you can make something so minimalist look high fashion, then you’re on to a winner.
The resurgence of the new utility trend happened in the SS19 catwalks last September, which served a heavy dose of practicality into our lives. Notable looks include Giambattista Valli’s ready to wear boiler suit, Salvatore Ferragamo's jumpsuit and Stella McCartney’s oversize drawstring mac.
Still don’t believe in the power of a utility style? Take a look at some of the worlds most influential fashion celebrities, and take a leaf out of their style bibles. Celebs like Rihanna and Victoria Beckham were hot on the trend in early 2019, and the pieces they chose to wear will still make an impact now.
Utility is revolutionary. All you need are a few staple pieces to build the foundations of your everyday wardrobe. Keep them close for years to come, and they’ll become iconic go-to pieces to fall back on in a styling emergency. See our top picks below too.
In all honesty, utilitarian clothing can be hard to pull off. There’s nothing sexy about something so shapeless. But if there’s anyone who can add a few alluring jewellery ingredients into the utility recipe mix, it’s Rihanna.
Cinching in at the waist and unzipping the top a little allows for a more stylish vibe. You can achieve fashion finesse with a few added accessories too.
Look how effortlessly Riri styles her crisp white boiler suit with luxury jewellery. Utility clothing caters well to colour blocking, and you will never have to deal with styling heavy patterns. That’s why Rihanna’s chosen to mix metals with a few chunky choices.
Check out our JewelStreet picks for your own affordable alternatives.
She may not be on the Spice Girls revival tour, but Victoria has started a fashion revival of her own. Victoria styles her utility look so differently to Rihanna. Instead of maximising on statement jewellery, she opted for a simple silver ring. Chic and minimalist vibes only.
Clothing stores are now stocked high with boiler suits and androgynous loose fitting clothing like this. What might appear as a boiler suit at first glance on Victoria is actually a two piece trouser suit.
Remember… utility is versatile, statement and practical. Of course Victoria paired it with a very impractical pair on 6 inch heels, but that was totally to be expected.
Chrissy Teigen is no stranger to a utility jacket. It’s a staple in her wardrobe, and she’s been wearing them for years. This item is a hero piece that is leading the utility trend. Easy to wear, easy to style… no thought required.
Elevate your daily fashion and sprinkle a little celeb-inspired utility into your life.
For a style we all envy, check out our top JewelStreet utility accessories to go with this look below.
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