It’s one of the biggest trends of 2019 and as we head into autumn, this practical styling looks like it’s definitely going to stick around. Utility style has become so popular because it is both effortlessly stylish and uber comfortable, two things that are often hard to find in the same piece of clothing. Boxy silhouettes, straight cuts and muted palettes are the pillars of this trend which makes it so simple to find great vintage pieces to build the look. Key pieces for this trend are work jackets, utility vests, structured cotton trousers, hard-wearing denim and shirts in classic camel, caramel and brown hues. Seen in collections by everyone from Phillip Lim to Chanel and Jil Sander, utility dressing is the perfect way to transition your wardrobe from summer to autumn effortlessly.
If for you utility styling is daunting or you don’t know where to start, we're here to help; we’ve pulled together some inspiration for five ways to style workwear. Whether you go all out or mix in elements of the trend into your existing style, there’s a whole load of outfit possibilities.
5 Ways To Wear Workwear For Women
1. Keep it classy
If the idea of donning an entire outfit of boxy silhouettes and straight-cut clothing seems a little daunting, then ease into the trend by adding workwear elements to your favourite outfits. A classic midi skirt pairs well with a military-style jacket and patent shoes such as Dr Martens. This works well as a transitional look as we head into autumn; comfortable and practical whilst still feminine and fun, this look will be your new go-to work outfit.
2. Iconic comfort
If you want to go head-first into the workwear trend then look back at the origins for some classic styling inspo. 40s & 50s womenswear was based around utilitarian, wartime looks and still look chic as hell today. The simple and structured nature of these styles make great office outfits that flatter every body shape. Find your favourite pair of vintage, high-waist trousers, a slinky button-down shirt and pair with a sturdy leather belt for an iconic outfit.
3. Jump(suit) for joy
Who doesn't love a jumpsuit? Comfortable, yes. Stylish, yes. Easy to get on and off when you need the loo, not so much, but who cares when you look this good right? The jumpsuits' workwear sister, the boilersuit, is more structured and often made in a heavier fabric such as denim or thick cotton making it great for autumn and winter. One of the many perks of a boilersuit is that you're basically halving the time it takes to get ready and who doesn't love making their morning a little easier. Whether you wear yours with a fresh pair of Converse or some vintage boots, there are endless styling possibilities.
4. Mix 'n' match textures
A lot of trends for AW19 involve mixing textures and layering fabrics to create luxurious looks and the workwear trend is an easy way to incorporate this in everyday dressing. Look for lightweight, cotton trousers to pair with warm fluffy jumpers and boxy jackets in manmade fabrics such as PVC or vinyl.
5. It's all in the details
If going head-to-toe utilitarian is too much for your style sensibilities, consider incorporating small workwear accessories to your looks. Bumbags, hard-wearing leather belts and sturdy boots like vintage Dr. Martens all work well to toughen up any outfit.
Key Workwear Pieces
Classic Cross-body Bag
If you're feeling inspired you can shop our selection of vintage military and workwear clothing here, or if you want some more inspiration head over to our blog on top trends for autumn! Don't forget you can also follow us on Pinterest for regularly updated trend boards and vintage style inspiration!