4 Ways to Try On the Utility Trend

4 Ways to Try On the Utility Trend


Photo courtesy of Szymon Brzóska

4 Ways to Try On the Utility Trend

Created with Frederique Constant

At its best, utility-minded clothing marries form and function—which is to say it’s not only legitimately useful (you won’t find any faux pockets here) but also beautifully and impeccably designed. These are the hard-working heroes we’re leaning on, plus four ways to wear them.

Go All Out

A fresh take on the traditional shirtdress. A travel jacket that adapts to any environment. Melanin-infused, blue light–filtering shades for sensitive eyes (or stepping out incognito). These are the practical pieces every utility
starter pack deserves.


  1. Furtuna Skin Eye cream goop, $285

    Furtuna Skin
    Eye cream
    goop, $285

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  2. Laura Lombardi earrings goop, $75

    Laura Lombardi
    earrings
    goop, $75

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  3. Electric Sunglasses goop, $250

    Electric
    Sunglasses
    goop, $250

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  4. G. Label

    G. Label
    Bradlee Utility Jacket
    goop, $695

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  5. Victoria Beckham shirtdress goop, $750

    Victoria Beckham
    shirtdress
    goop, $750

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  6. Bottega Veneta crossbody MatchesFashion, $1,000

    Bottega Veneta
    crossbody
    MatchesFashion, $1,000

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  7. Gabriela Hearst sandals MatchesFashion, $1,174

    Gabriela Hearst
    sandals
    MatchesFashion, $1,164

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Zero In on Accessories

Spinelli Kilcollin’s galaxy rings can be worn in a stack or spread across your fingers. A blue-dial watch isn’t just pretty—it frees you from checking your phone for the time. And then there’s the Birkin, equipped with compartments for every card and cord, plus a removable cup holder on the side.


  1. Spinelli Kilcollin ring goop, $6,800

    Spinelli Kilcollin
    ring
    goop, $6,800

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  2. Frederique Constant

    Frederique Constant
    watch
    Frederique Constant, $1,595

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  3. Toteme Tee goop, $170

    Toteme
    Tee
    goop, $170

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  4. Ciao Lucia sweater goop, $325

    Ciao Lucia
    sweater
    goop, $325

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  5. Nili Lotan pants goop, $495

    Nili Lotan
    pants
    goop, $495

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  6. Isabel Marant belt MyTheresa, $170

    Isabel Marant
    belt
    MyTheresa, $170

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  7. Hermès 2021 Birkin bag 1stDibs, $80,258

    Hermès
    2021 Birkin bag
    1stDibs, $79,647

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  8. Veja sneakers goop, $140

    Veja
    sneakers
    goop, $140

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double down

A matching set is always a smart choice: It mixes, it matches, and the styling opportunities? Endless. This olive-hued combo scratches the classic utility itch, while the sweetheart neckline and paper-bag waist give it a welcome feminine bent. Lean in with a little lip color, swingy earrings, and a pretty printed bag.


  1. Westman Atelier
    Lip Balm
    goop, $38

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  2. Laura Lombardi Earrings goop, $168

    Laura Lombardi
    Earrings
    goop, $168

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  3. The Row shirt MatchesFashion, $1,090

    The Row
    shirt
    MatchesFashion, $1,090

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  4. Mara Hoffman top goop, $225

    Mara Hoffman
    top
    goop, $225

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  5. Mara Hoffman skirt goop, $375

    Mara Hoffman
    skirt
    goop, $375

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  6. Loewe bag Net-a-Porter, $1,990

    Loewe
    bag
    Net-a-Porter, $1,990

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  7. Max Mara sandals MyTheresa, $785

    Max Mara
    sandals
    MyTheresa, $785

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Stick with the Classics

We can’t talk about utility without mentioning the cargo jacket. This one is soft around the edges—with a sharp collar, rollable cuffs, and a waist-defining self-tie belt. Pair it with comfortable, stretch-infused trousers and step-cushioning platform sandals.


  1. Vintner’s Daughter serum goop, $325

    Vintner’s Daughter
    serum
    goop, $325

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  2. Lizzie Mandler necklace goop, $8,845

    Lizzie Mandler
    necklace
    goop, $8,845

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  3. Bondeye Jewelry signet ring goop, $850

    Bondeye Jewelry
    signet ring
    goop, $850

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  4. Frederique Constant

    Frederique Constant
    watch
    Frederique Constant, $2,595

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  5. Matin jacket goop, $467

    Matin
    jacket
    goop, $467

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  6. Toteme trousers goop, $360

    Toteme
    trousers
    goop, $360

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  7. Mansur Gavriel tote goop, $795

    Mansur Gavriel
    tote
    goop, $795

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  8. Moncler Sandals Nordstrom, $595

    Moncler
    Sandals
    Nordstrom, $595

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We hope you enjoy the products recommended here. Our goal is to suggest only things we love and think you might, as well. We also like transparency, so, full disclosure: We may collect a share of sales or other compensation if you purchase through the external links on this page.

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