One of the trends I really like this season is what I like to call Utilitarian. It is “utility” in concept, embracing a practical and casual style that works well for every day. This trend can also be referred to as military, but I like Utilitarian better because it is less limiting and doesn’t necessitate military insignia or design.
Military jackets were everywhere at market, indicating the strength of this trend for winter. I saw them in many colors including olive, chocolate brown, black and oxblood. Usually, this style works best with jeans, but In this store window, we highlighted the Utilitarian trend with several items showing different ways to interpret the trend.
The first model shows a dressier look that includes a light weight boxy blazer in cream paired with a soft, draw string waisted harem pant in olive green. Less easy to see is a military style vest with a draw string waist paired with a dark denim jean, a zip top in olive green paired with a black jegging and finally, a military jacket paired with a vintage wash jean.
The style offers clean lines and loose fits that work for many body types and it pairs perfectly with lace up boots. The harem pant on the first mannequin could easily be worn with a heel for a dressy work outfit. But, as a casual jean look, this trend rocks. I love it with a beanie and cross body purse. It is a fashionable way to run errands or meet friends for coffee that is comfortable, easy going and chic.