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How to Rock the Modern Utility Clothing Trend

Dec 1 2021

There is something alluringly casual and simultaneously powerful with utility clothing. At Velvet Heart, we’ve created a unique line of contemporary women’s clothing that blends modern convenience with style. If you’re wondering how to rock the utility trend, explore pieces from our collection with a distinctly feminine take on more masculine structured designs, camo prints, and denim materials. You might be surprised how easily you can take a functional look and make it ultra-chic!

1. The Colors

Some of the most common colors in utility fashion are olive green, brown, and other neutral shades. Recently, utility clothing colors have also expanded to include denim washes, white, and black. Combining these basic hues with camo prints allows you to mix and match patterns and solids in a subtle, laid-back way that still exudes sophistication. While camo is clearly a combative print, you can elevate it when you combine it with sophisticated pieces in other colors.

2. Jacket Structure

women’s utility jacket

Jonas Olive Utility Jacket ($98)

There are several jacket structures that fit into the utility trend, including bomber jackets, cargo jackets, and trench coats. When it comes to jackets, we recommend finding exaggerated or oversized styles that make it clear your utility clothing is part of a cohesive look. You might consider wearing a camo bomber over a cropped tee and high-rise jeans or an olive cargo jacket over a linen t-shirt dress and heels.

3. Military Designs

Many pieces of utility clothing are inspired by the one-piece jumpsuit many working military professionals wear. From jet pilots to mechanics, the traditional work jumpsuit offers full protection and tons of pockets for tools and accessories. We’ve taken this jumpsuit design and given it a fashionable twist with pieces that offer a cinched waist, tie-around belts, embellished pockets, and more.

Jumpsuits are some of our favorite utility pieces because they’re so versatile and easy to style. With just a few accessories, you can go from casual to glam in a heartbeat.

4. Pockets

women’s denim utility jumpsuit

Benji Indigo Utility Jumpsuit ($108)

Part of what makes utility clothing so useful are the pockets. We’ve never seen a practical piece of clothing without at least one or two! As you explore our collection, you’ll find that this utility trend is one we’ve fully adopted. From dresses and pants to jumpsuits and jackets, many pieces in our modern utility collection features useful pockets!

Styling

When styling your favorite pieces from our collection, we urge you to keep it simple. Mix and match other pieces from this line or pair them with your most comfortable jeans and t-shirts. If you want, you can soften any of these looks with some delicate jewelry and a pair of heels or booties.