Spring Utility: Functionality in Fashion

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Today's fashion lovers (i.e. you lovely readers) are busy go-getters with a lot of things to do and a lot of people to see. We're taking on more challenges, consuming more product and the calendars on our phones are our best friends. In short, we're super busy, and in recent times, fashion has had to adapt to our crazy lifestyles. So begins another boom for the Utility trend this spring, where practicality (and pockets) are the order of the day.

Utility styling is obviously not the same as the original 1941 Utility clothing *sigh of relief* which was made only with the intentions to be practical, saving on material and easily made. But thankfully now, the only thing we have taken from it is that slightly androgynous, suave style. With structured shapes fit for the army, paired with subtle, earthy tones, you'll only ever be marching to your own beat. This look is sooo bubbling under the surface, and we can't wait for it to explode!


The Military look is one which is truly cyclical. It has had many rebirths but it has gone through an elegant transformation, to come out as a clean cut and structured look, complete with muted, earthy tones and something more Safari-esque about it. It's now a look that loves to be layered (we Brits do love a layer or two), and when worn right, can have just right amount of power and suave to get you armed and ready for any transitional weather that comes your way. We love the practicality of it all, of being to just throw on a matching ensemble and come out looking a million pounds. The Utility look is perfect for any woman or man, who needs to look effortless but perhaps don't have all the time in the world in the mornings. There's a strength to it which contrasts the whimsy of alternative trends we feature on Rokit.

Safari-wear is set to be huge for the coming season, with designers like Simone Rocha, Stella McCartney and Gyunel sending some amazing adaptations of Utility and Safari style garments down the SS15 runway last year. Large side pockets and big bags are what you need to watch out for, and maybe even some elusive natural prints peeking out from the layers. Whether full on camo style is your thing or you think some field jacket interjection is key, there's never been a better time to intersperse your look with some strong utilitarian focus. This is a look which you can expect to see a lot more of right the way through to AW15 so is definitely worth investing in now.

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