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How To Wear Utility

01.24.23Alyssa Foster

How To Wear Utility

How To Wear Utility

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Bold, edgy and effortless, our latest collection is designed to make an impression. With relaxed cargos, grungy graphics and nostalgic details, it's time for a utility takeover!

Influenced by the fashion of the late 90s and early noughties, our favourite utility staples have been given a new edge. Bold prints meet elevated cargos in a collection that is all about the power moves. Take the lead, turn heads and make your mark - you’re a rebel at heart!

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What is utility clothing?

The trend takes it name from the utilitarian pieces that make up the style, often inspired by labour work and army uniforms but with a streetwear twist. Utility garments typically feature multiple pockets, belts, straps and durable fabric as part of their functional appeal. Traditionally designed for harsh outdoor activites, utility wear has been reimagined into fashionable, street-ready designs with exaggerated features. Characterised by function and practicality, this style incorporates loose-fitting pieces that are often minimal in terms of cut, colour and design. Popular styles often include cargos, the utility jacket and vest.

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Must-Have Utility Staples

Fortunately, one only needs a handful of staple pieces to nail the utility trend! From cargos to graphic tanks and accessories, here’s your guide to pulling off a utility takeover.

Grungy Graphics

Add some interest to your utility wardrobe with our graphic t-shirts and graphic tank tops! Go for one of our vintage graphic tees or an edgy band tour or motorsport print.

Styling tip: Wear an oversized graphic tee with cargos and sneakers for a relaxed street style or a cropped graphic tee and mini skirt for a show-stopping look.

Nostalgic Details

It’s time to dust off your Ed Hardy tanks, we’re seeing 90s inspired details hit the scene. Think lace-up tanks, utility pockets, cut outs and low-rise waistlines!

Styling tip: Combine an edgy tank with casual cargos for an insta-worthy outfit!

Utility Mini Skirts

Level up your OOTD with a utility mini skirt. This utility staple often features pockets, belt loops, a mid to low waist and durable fabric, like cotton or nylon. Edgy yet feminine, it’s the perfect day-to-night piece.

Styling tip: Wear this style with a graphic tank and chunky soled shoes for a casual grunge look or dress it up with some heels and a crop.

Statement Prints

When it comes to dressing in utility, don’t be afraid to add a few prints in the mix! Camo is making a comeback this season. Discover our selection of cargos, mini skirts and jeans that are to good to be seen!

Styling tip: Team a pair of cargo pants with a basic crop and cap!

Cargo Pants

Featuring big pockets and a slouchy fit, cargo trousers are perfect for an off-duty look! Effortlessly trendy and comfy, they are a must-have staple for your utility style. Choose from a range of colours, like black, green, grey, white, camo and khaki.

How To Style Cargo Pants?

From casual weekends to glam nights out, our cargo pants for women can be styled for a number of occasions. So on trend right now, there's a wide range of styles, colours and shapes to choose from.

For a casual look, pop on a pair of low-rise cargo pants with a baby tee and sneakers. Heading out? Style with strappy heels and a dressy crop top!

Ultimately, the key to styling cargo pants is to put together an outfit you will be comfortable in. Choose colours that suit your skin tone and find the perfect fit - not too loose or too tight!

How To Style Utility

Functional, comfortable style has been making waves in the fashion world for a few years now and the utility trend is no exception. With pieces designed to suit everyone, it's easy to put together the perfect 'fit. Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind when styling your utility staples:

  • Keep it simple: The key to nailing the utility trend is to not over-do it. If you're hesistant to dive into the trend, ease in with a pair of cargo jeans and a basic tee!

  • Go neutral: Opt for a neutral colourway if you're after a low-key look. Black, white and kakhi are versatile options and are easy to style.

  • Add some edge: Don't be afraid to add a pop of colour or a print for an edgier look!

  • Accessorise: Take your look a step further with some retro accessories. Think hats, bulky bags with lots of pockets and wrap-around sunglasses.

  • Footwear: Utility fashion is best finished with chunky sneakers or boots! However, you can dress up your outfit and add a feminine touch with a pair of heels and some jewellery.

What are you waiting for? Head in store or shop online for the hottest utility clothing from Ally Fashion!

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