Utility: the New Military?

Last December, I wrote a post about the military jacket trend with a few of my top picks. But after following the trends lately, and speaking with Fred Allard and Eric Daman, it’s clear that utilitarian is the new buzzword. So is it bye-bye military?

utility is the new military

Utility is softer, less angular. Fabrics are softer, like silk or linen. There are two easy ways to spot utilitarian style out from the sea of last-season military trends.

On clothing, look for pockets – cargo pockets to be more precise, but large numbers of any type of pocket will fit the bill.

Secondly, for shoes, look for lace-up detailing. Shy away from the buckles of military styling and look for looooong lace-up boots or even cute booties that lace up with ribbon.

Personally, I’m loving the softer look (you know how I applaud femininity in fashion) but I also prefer more tailored fits, which tends to go against the drapey, flowy fit of this reinterpretation of cargo. And you know how I feel about baggy pants.

  1. Marc Jacobs
  2. Lands’ End
  3. Asos
  4. Asos
  5. Stuart Weitzman
  6. Burberry

Weigh in: Is Utility a welcome relief from sharper Military? Or is it a sad little-sister off-shoot?

New outfit post soon! I am currently swamped in the middle of finals but I’ve got that itch…

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  1. 04.27.2010 / 12:37 am

    I'd lean more toward the fitted things, but it's not terrible.
    Good luck with finals!

  2. 04.27.2010 / 2:00 am

    In answer to your question…no idea. But I LOVE this outfit you put together. I want every single item. <3

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