Modern Utility

Utility jumpsuits, jackets and pants are hitting the streets in 2019. Fashion meets function in spring’s most practical trend as utility takes over the season ahead. Utilitarian fashion is more elevated and luxurious than before. Cargo pants are teamed with silky camis, safari shirts are tucked into pleated midi skirts, and jumpsuits are paired with stiletto heels (or even sandals for summer).

There is no getting away from the cargo trend and we are here to help you find your personal style. If you don’t want to go all-in on the trend, take one utilitarian item and add it to your everyday attire. Let’s start with a utility jacket. It’s a necessary staple for all season long.

A jacket can be styled in an edgy way with black ripped skinny jeans, strappy heels, and a graphic tee. Alternatively, the jacket can accent a cute spring dress and white ankle boots, adding some edge to an otherwise feminine outfit.

Jumpsuits are a great piece to try to find in your favorite vintage or resale shops. But if you’re striking out, get a new pair. Because now there are so many great options. Accentuate your jumpsuit the same way you would your jeans. Style them up and down with everything from sneakers and combat boots to heels. And don’t forget to accessorize with your favorite belt or jewelry. Nothing is off limits. Remember there are no fashion rules, just wear what you like. This military inspired suit is perfect to wear on a night out.

Cargo pants have made a resurgence but in a unique, trendy and functional way. There are a variety of silhouettes, colors, fabrics and pockets aplenty. Today’s cargos happily marry function and fashion, which lends to an abundance of pockets, straps, or buttons and snaps.

Dress them up with your hottest stilettos and a bold pink or orange top. If you’re into athleisure, opt for track or jogger styles featuring sporty details, like chunky zippers or reflective accents. For the classic look, choose a tapered denim cargo or pant that is khaki or camo print. From there, it all comes down to styling in a way that balances the utilitarian aspect and elevates your overall look.

How will you incorporate modern utility into your look??



Fashion Features


Jamie’s Outfit

Jumpsuit: FashionNova

Belt: Forever 21 (Similar)

Shoes: Zara (Similar)


Ashanti’s Outfit

Utility Jacket: JCPenney (purchased at Bargain Hunt) (Similar)

Black Dress: Ross Dress for Less (Similar)

White Ankle Booties: Target (purchased at Bargain Hunt)

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Comments (4)

  1. I absolutely love the utility trend! I have been rocking for some time now but happy it’s in style for the time being. You both look amazing! Love how you styled the trend!

  2. That army green jumpsuit is SO cute! I am loving it!

  3. I have been seeing these. Not sure if they are dor me but they are cute.

  4. You both look gorgeous!!


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