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Closet Chitter Chatter: Utility Trend for Fall 2019

If you have been following fashion over the past few months, you know that this trend is everywhere for the Fall season. Think of it as "safari chic" or "military inspired". Let's talk about what typically defines something as a utility piece...

  • Chest pockets
  • A sturdy fabric such as cotton poplin
  • A button placket
  • Earthy color palette

As always, there are exceptions to these guidelines, but for the most part, those military inspired details and the earthy color palette (khaki, olive, beige, sometimes blue) are the best ways to identify this trend.

We love this trend for a couple reasons. First, there's a little something for everybody within this trend. From a short jacket to a long trench or a shirt dress to a wrap skirt, this trend is easy to wear, universally flattering and chic without a ton of effort or thought. When a trend can marry function and fashion, you know it's a good one!

This season’s updates can be seen in strong collars, shirting with liberal pockets, tailored pants, and practical takes on the classic trench coat. Discover some of the trends that we're seeing and how we recommend you integrate them into your wardrobe this season.


If you don't want to go all-in on this trend, we recommend this one utilitarian item to add to your everyday attire. A jacket covers two trends,  tapping into the wave of natural hues we've seen dominate this season. Paired with a boxy bag, leather dress and boots, and some animal print, and you've got a hint of utility without going full-on hike in the countryside. Our favorite style is the classic trench! 

Shirt Dress

A shirt dress will infuse some femininity into this trend! Find a shirt dress will all the classic details—chest patch pockets, a back yoke, a locker loop and a vented, shirttail hem. A shirt dress is appropriate for the office, as well as any casual event!


Roomy, comfortable and typically belted, culottes can easily be paired with a tee, fine knit or leather jacket. If you want to go all in on the utility trend, pair a khaki button-down shirt (roll up the sleeves) and some mules with your favorite pair of culottes!

Cargo Skirt

With a fit and flare shape and tie-waist, the cargo skirt's feminine shape balances the aesthetic of the typically rugged fabric. Featuring double-breasted button detailing, this military-inspired piece allows you to embrace the tailored utility look without breaking out a blazer in the warmer months. For the next few weeks, pair this skirt with a black turtleneck, tights, and knee-high boots. In the spring and summer, wear the piece with your favorite blouse to elevate your everyday work ensemble.

Combat Boots

Combat boots are officially a must-have shoe for Fall! Combat boots are a staple for the crisp weather. The lace-up ankle boot is a wardrobe staple, perfectly paired with both jeans and dresses. This year, the combat boots have stepped up their embellishments. From added hardware to faux fur details, you won't find any military grade sets of shoes here.

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