Utility Uniform: The New Dressed Down Trend For Spring

Mar 25 2018by Kate Russell


With spring just around the corner, expect to see lots on the blog about our favourite spring trend looks. In women’s latest clothing trends, a tougher, edgier vibe is coming through thick and fast; utility.


When we say utility, we’re talking beiges, soft khaki, 70’s jumpsuits, extra pockets and a certain day-to-day practicality. Oversized is part of the look and cinching jackets or jumpsuits with coordinating belts will add a polished charm to the look. This season’s take on the trend, which we have seen appear previously, is slightly softer, introducing more feminine fabrics to the shapes and even pops of softer colour palettes.


On the Spring/Summer ’18 runways we saw utility take the stage in a big way. At Chloe we saw longline, double-pocketed utility blazers, paired with safari-esque midi skirts and sensible shoes. Joseph presented lots of slouchy, multi-pocket dresses in neutral colours and also oversized jumpsuits in sheen fabrics with a more feminine colour tone. We also saw utility in a sleek, layered way at Loewe, who kept colour traditional.


Chloe, Joseph & Loewe Spring/Summer 18


As always, street style instantly reflects up-coming trends and utility looks have been huge on the scene. The trend itself lends itself perfectly to a more modest look, with fully-buttoned jumpsuits and layers, alongside relaxed fit trousers and skirts. These are some of our favourite looks that nailed the trend and kept the overall look stylishly modest.



So, with utility creeping in, here at Modisme we wanted to find some of the hottest picks out there right now to get you in the mood for spring. These are our favourite utility-esque pieces, giving you on-trend and runway-worthy, modest outfit ideas.


The Skirt

We are in love with this Max Mara skirt that gives us utility edge with a softer, feminine fabric. The organza layered material keeps the skirt dressy, whilst the buttons and rolled waist detail allow you to flawlessly pair it with ankle boots or even sneakers.


Max Mara Skirt | matchesfashion.com | £720


The Jacket

An ultra-cool variation on the trench coat, this Jamie Wei coat from Urban Outfitters has a contemporary draw cord waist line, flared statement cuff details and a cut-out back giving it total street style vibes.


Jamie Wei Coat | urbanoutfitters.com | £625


The Shirt

The shirt is an easy way to venture into the utility trend. This BDG shirt gives a nod to the 70’s with its rust orange corduroy fabric, but with essential pocket-ness you could pair with wide-leg trousers or a midi and a trench and it works as utility-chic.


BDG Corduroy Shirt | urbanoutfitters.com | £49 £25


The Dress

Dresses almost have to be shirt dresses when it comes to the utility trend. This Mango shirt dress is so relaxed for spring. Smarten up with roll neck, tights and heeled boots for an evening version.


Bow Shirt Dress | mango.com | £49.99


The Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are key for this trend and a great head-to-toe way to do the look. This Masscob jumpsuit has exaggerated sleeve detail, giving it some extra femininity and could pair easily with flats or heels, making it super versatile. For a more traditional look, style this Le Service jumpsuit with a long-sleeved cami or even a roll neck, while it’s still chilly. This rugged fabric is perfect for spring.



Masscob Jumpsuit | matchesfashion.com | £262

Le Service Twill Jumpsuit | Nordstrom.com | £230.03


The Trousers

Trousers for this trend should be boiler-suit-like or, for a more girly look, try these ASOS trousers with high-waist, relaxed tie belt and chic, tapered leg. Style them with colour-coordinating shirt and a trench coat for ultimate utility points.


ASOS Tapered Trouser | asos.com | £35


Whether you’re keen on multi-pocket details or not, there is a way to rock the utility trend this spring in your very own style. The key to nailing the look; go slightly oversized (especially with jackets and jumpsuits), get yourself a staple, brown waist belt to style with everything and dare to layer colours all from the same palette. This safari-chic vibe is certainly one to watch this season. Keep up to date on our Instagram for more outfit inspo.