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Everybody’s wearing utility pieces

Attention please! The season’s coolest trend combines fashion and function

Yoyo Cao
Vanessa Hong
Donna Wallace
Camille Charrière
Nausheen Shah
Hanne Gaby Odiele

Utility dressing is a perennial favorite: easy to wear, almost universally flattering and cool without looking like you gave it too much thought. This season’s updates come courtesy of strong collars, oversized boiler suits with liberal pockets, tailored pants (new Korean brand Low Classic has some of the best) and practical takes on the classic trench by the likes of Joseph, Proenza Schouler and Tibi.

How to style the trend? At the weekend it’s a no-brainer – simply soften the masculine undertones by adding tactile fabrics, such as a silk shirt or simple cotton tank. For the office, give utility a sophisticated spin courtesy of leather accents and tailored shapes.


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