Over the past decade, Utility workwear has become an increasingly popular style of clothing. With its roots firmly in industry, the cotton twill boiler suit or jacket was worn to protect the worker from the daily grime and dirt working in the factory or farm environment. Brands like engelbert strauss who specialise in utility workwear create functional clothes that can withstand hard work!
Fast forward to now, and stores across the globe are cottoning on to workwear and creating comfortable everyday items for us to wear. Unconvinced? Then let me show you…
The utility trend has risen up and the high street has responded. A modern take on the casual or minimal look, the utility trend sees us wearing boxy denim jackets, oversized trousers, chunky boots and jumpsuits that give us that ‘land girl’ vibe.
Yes, the overwhelming aesthetic of the utility trend is of practicality (the clue’s in the name), and you know you can easily chuck on these pieces at the weekend with trainers, but, unexpectedly, they also look fab dressed up with heels and layered jewellery. But where to shop?
When it comes to shopping the trend, high-street faves Toast, Arket, Weekday and & Other Stories are acing this look right now, so make sure you check them out for utility essentials. But how do you nail that utility trend? Well it’s all in the fabric. Cotton twill or denim, sturdy and hard wearing. In simple colours, indigo, khaki, black or white. No overly bright colours, leave that to your accessories – orange beanie anyone?
What are the key pieces to look out for?
Boilersuits or overalls, I tell you, they are not just for plumbers! I adore my Toast boilersuit, I love the hard wearing fabric, the loose fit, the many pockets. It’s the ultimate item of utility clothing.The humble khaki overall is possibly the first thing you should purchase if you are looking to invest.
The denim jacket or cotton twill (remember the fabric must have) is a perfect coverup for Spring. Go for one that is oversized and boxy in style. Nothing bleached or ‘washed’ you want it to feel utilitarian not cowboy.
Boots or trainers:
Chunky workwear boots teamed with thick woollen socks will go with your new utility purchases and see you through til sandal weather. I love the Grenson ‘nanette’ boot, but if you find the price tag a bit steep, there are other hiking style boots on the High street.
With the clothing simple, you can really ramp up the colour with a colourful beanie or a scarf tied around the neck. A waisted belt bag will also look great too.
So are you ready for Spring and set out in your utilitarian look? I’ve shared some of my favourites below:
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