As seen on the runways of Hermes and Giambattista Valli (to name a few), the utility trend is already popping up in your local retail store. This trend has been seen on the runways though jumpers or boiler suits, the garment inspired by coal-fire boiler maintenance men as early as the late 1920’s. The utility aesthetic can also be seen through thoughtful details such as belts, buckles, and drawstrings.
Monochromatic neutrals are the primary color palette for the utility look, ranging from army green, khaki, to off-white. Think uniformed-professions, such as camouflage green in the military or even a throw-back to the crisp white jumpsuit of the milk-man.
Fabrication relies on sturdier weights and a mix of smooth and coarse textures. To fit with the utility aesthetic, heavy cotton-twills and linens are the way to give that masculine but crisp feel.
What do you think of the utility trend?
Featured image, Utility Boiler Suit, topshop.com. Paint stroke, Donald Martiny.