The utility trend was big last year but I was reluctant to buy into it. So you might be wondering why I chose the new year to finally try it; well, while it’s referred to as a ‘trend’ I don’t think it will ever really go away. Utility chic, or whatever you want to call it, comes back time and time again. Plus, it’s a very practical type of clothing as it’s usually in neutral shades that offers plenty of accessory options. And then there’s the pockets, which appeals to me enormously! (We all love pockets, don’t we?)
When I saw this utility jumpsuit on the sale rail in River Island I couldn’t help taking a closer look. The fabric is as soft as it looks and I had to try it on. I didn’t expect it to fit as I have a long torso, but the sizing is quite generous. Reduced from £65 to £20, it was too tempting a reduction to resist. And the great thing about having a zip is that it makes trips to the bathroom that bit easier than fiddling with buttons.
With a neutral all-in-one garment you can go as minimal or as bold as the mood (or occasion) takes you. For my first attempt at styling a utility jumpsuit I chose to go with bold and bright accessories. Red pairs really well with this muted shade of beige (which I think has a hint of khaki). For a casual look I’d wear it with trainers and a bag in another neutral hue. My husband joked that I should have worn aviator shades but that would have been a step too far for me! I needed to offset the utilitarian vibe with a fun element. I bought these quirky heart sunglasses from one of the White Rose vintage shops on my trip to Nottingham last October.
Keeping this outfit to two colours, I added red shoes and my Zara multiway bag worn with the shoulder strap. This meant I could use the belt strap (which is for converting the bag into a bum bag, as seen here) as a belt on its own. The jumpsuit doesn’t really need a belt as it has an elasticated waist, but it just helps to bring all the red together.
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