A year into the quarantine, fashion has taken a more practical approach. Fashion brands have come to realise that it’s always comfort and functionality over everything else. Last year saw the re-emergence of a trend that was famous through the late ’90s and early 2000sutility wear, a trend that offers comfort, convenience while not compromising on style. It made a big come back on every fashion feed, redefining street style.
In 2021, the trend has evolved, and features in everyday garments including bottom-wear such as a cargo pants, skirts or shorts, sports jackets, shirts, knits, vests even jumpsuits and dresses. All the zips and pockets are now proving to be the must-haves of the moment, hand sanitisers and spare masks included. Below, you’ll find some of this season’s favourite utility trend styles.
This ghostbusters inspired trend is here to stay. These utility jumpsuits are versatile and flattering for all body types and shapes; they can be paired with everyday accessories and shoes to complement the occasion. There are many interesting styles to choose from—baggy, skinny, denim, khakis, and slim fit among others. Keep it casual, formal or sexy by adding sneakers, sandals or even stilettos.
A good pair of joggers is the easiest utility trend to try out. They are super comfortable and are a chic alternative to sweatpants. There are so many ways you can style joggers— pair them with a T-shirt, accessorise with some hoops and a pair of sneakers to keep it simple, subtle, and stylish. You could also go glam and pair it with a stylish crop top or blouse, and add on a statement jacket with a pair of heals to go with it.
Utility shirts, be it plaid, faux leather, cotton or classic khaki, work just as well with a floaty skirt as with tights, jeans, leggings or shorts. If buttoned up feels too bulky, keep the buttons undone and wear a vest or a crop top inside to make a statement.
Cargo pants are a great substitute to denims and sweatpants as they can be dressed up or styled downed according to the weather or occasion. Cargos in 2021 are getting revived in soft silks, leathers, suede and paired in ways that can make you look chic, trendy and keep you comfortable.
The utility dress should be a wardrobe staple. You can make it work around the clock, whether you're heading out for a romantic dinner date or out on a shopping trip or just the movies with your girls. It’s elegant, but super convenient especially the pockets; they are a blessing.
These are unquestionably an icon of ’90s fashion. The revived style has a longer length, subdued hue and is much more elegant. To keep the look modern, style with a second skin top, crop top or oversized shirts, roll-necks and white tees, strappy heels and delicate accessories.