LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Utilitarianism

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Functional, practical and simple aren’t always the first things that come to mind when thinking about fashion. Utilitarianism favors practicality over attractiveness yet the minimalist and functional approach to dressing is quickly becoming a compelling perspective on style. Eliminating the excess and adding an effortless comfort are both ways of achieving the look.

The oversized proportions of the jacket and shorts allow for a wide range of motion and the ambiguous silhouette blurs the line between masculine and feminine. This vagueness indicates a trend towards an androgynous aesthetic that utilizes the universal features of good design. This Fashionisto’s jacket contains military influences seen through the army green fabric, overall practical construction and flag patches on the shoulder and arm.

Military jackets have seen a significant rise in popularity this fall for both women’s and menswear and are predominately seen as a layering piece. Its streamlined silhouette and functional construction reflect the core values of utilitarian style. The glasses this Fashionisto wears are also functional but the round frames with a brown tortoise shell pattern give them a personal, quirky feeling and reflect the natural expressiveness of the eyes.

Hint: If this practical approach to style seems appealing, look to the next level by adding a pair of workman inspired boots. These black ankle boots from Zara feature a durable leather fabric and a clean, streamlined aesthetic without any detailing. Get the oversized silhouette without literally wearing pants that fall down to your ankles with these pleated closure pants that give the look of easy layers and draping fabric. When in doubt, opting for simple lines and ease of movement will always add some utilitarian style into your wardrobe.

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