They say there’s nothing like a man in a uniform, and in the world of fashion that goes for women too! The Utilitarian trend, half army/half safari continues to march on! Here’s what to wear, and how to style it to get the look.
1. Build on One Key Piece: The Army Jacket
The easiest way to capture the military vibe is to choose a key piece and build around it. For most women that will be an army style utility jacket. Army jackets have been around for while but are still going strong because they are a fun way to add some casual cool to an outfit. Stripes are a natural complement.
You’ll find many variations on the army jacket, including the military vest. What they all have in common are details like epaulets, top stitching, zippers, tab sleeves, and brass buttons. To see some different types take a look at this street chic post of my readers in their army jackets.
Style Tip: Don’t wear the utilitarian look head- to- toe. An army jacket with skinny jeans and sandals is on trend, but an army jacket with camo pants and heavy combat boots will make you look like you actually belong in the armed forces. A little is enough.
2. Style it Feminine – The Safari Dress
The utilitarian look can be quite masculine, so to soften it up you need to add some feminine touches. Safari style clothing like this stone linen dress looks pretty in this shapely wrap style. Wear it with strappy wedges, lots some braided leather and rustic gold jewelry and a sophisticated, structured bag to look more refined and ladylike.
Other ways to make the Utilitarian look more feminine might be to wear your skirt a little shorter, try a drapey or soft fabric (ie: soft, fluid cargo pants or a soft suede dress ), or emphasize your womanly waist with a great belt.
3. Add a Shot of Contrasting Color or Pattern to Stand Out
The colors of the utilitarian look can be rather dull on their own – olive, navy, camel, taupe, black so this season designers are showing this look with a touch of bright color or a big, fun pattern thrown in. For example, here’s a classic military color scheme with a surprise print. Another option might be a bright pink purse. The bold pattern/color catches you off guard and gives this utilitarian outfit a modern twist.
Orange and Yellow are also popular brights that are being combined with the utilitarian palette. To see what I mean, just take a look at my post on Safari style.
So what do you think? Do you salute spring’s utilitarian look, or is it still too dull and masculine for you? I’d love to know your opinion.