Hey #BK Fam! I have a quick question for you guys! Would you rather be cute or comfy?
Whatever your answer is, utilitarian fashion comes in handy. No need to be afraid of this big word! All it means is something designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive.
Who says it can’t be both though!
Utilitarian fashion is not only stylish, but comfy and convenient as well. In other words, it’s when fashion meets function.
Okay, but wait, where did this fashion trend even come from? When did it all begin?
As Forbes explains, “The utilitarian style came into fashion in the 1970s during the rise of second-wave feminism when the US Senate passed to ratify the Equal Rights Act,” It wasn’t just one specific person who started this military-inspired trend in the ’70s but, overall, a collection of women who were celebrating their gender and gender equality.
Some key items and staples that you will need to achieve this utilitarian look will be cargo pants, vests, button-down shirts, zippers, pockets, cargo joggers, boots, and the list continues.
If you want to revamp your closet and be in the top trends, you have come to the right place! We here at Brooklyn Cloth have all the must-haves that you would need to complete this utilitarian look.
Here are some of the Utilitarian style pieces that we carry here at Brooklyn Cloth:
Cargos + Cargo Shorts
Who doesn't love a pair of comfy cargo pants that are going to last you a long time? I know I do!
May I also add that these styles have a bunch of zippers and pockets to hold all the essentials for your day!
Ditch the purse, tote, or handbag! I know I do when I wear a pair of cargo pants.
Personally, I would have lip gloss in one pocket, my phone in another pocket, and my wallet. Oops! I almost forgot to add the keys in there, as well. Now I definitely won’t have to go searching for my keys through my bag when I get home late at night. With these pants I will have easy access to everything I need!
One of our favorites here at Brooklyn Cloth is our Tobacco Stretch Ripstop Double Knee Cargo Jogger.
These classic khaki-colored cargo pants are a staple to have in your closet. They can definitely be paired with a basic white tee, neutral-toned minimalistic sneakers, and--to tie it all together--our Men’s Black True Doodle Denim Jacket.
The creative expression of art graphics on this denim jacket gives it a level up from the regular basic black denim jacket that you usually see are the city.
This is not your average jacket, as you can see. You didn’t actually think I was going to recommend a basic denim jacket to our #BKFAM right? Of course not! That’s boring and basic! Ugh, as if! We are different and unique over here at Brooklyn Cloth!
Accessories are another part of the outfit that we cannot forget about! It is like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae, you just need it. Take a look at your closet or maybe your grandpa’s fishing closet wherever you can find a camouflage bucket hat and crossbody bag with lots of zippers or buckles.
Say you live in a region where the weather is a little bit warmer, this is the perfect opportunity to get our black fleece cargo shorts for men. You can style these casually while you are just chilling with your friends or maybe on your way to a pumpkin-picking date! You can also just rock them on a rainy day at your house while you watch some Netflix.
Let’s say you are chilling on the weekend and just want to feel warm; you can throw on our Camo Nature Tech Hoodie.
Upgrade your camo collection with our Camo Nature Tech Hoodie this season. This snazzy Hoodie provides you with ultimate comfort and style that you just can't resist! This staple pullover has the sharp look that you need to get your utilitarian vibes on.
These cargo shorts will change your life, literally.
They are versatile depending on what you are doing while wearing them. You can definitely even wear these shorts to the gym. I know, crazy right? They can literally be worn wherever and whenever. Even as pajamas, go to sleep in style and comfort!
I know I’m definitely adding these to my cart--are you? P.S. They come in a variety of colors so if you want to have one pair of shorts for every single day of the week, no one is stopping you!
Let’s be honest here, there are so many fashion trends, styles, and vocabulary that I don’t know, and maybe you don’t either, which is perfectly fine. We are all here to learn and figure out new things. One thing that I recently became aware of is Ripstop.
Ripstop fabric is a great take on the utility trend and makes clothes resistant to tearing and ripping. This fabric is heavy-duty and sturdy. This means clothing made with this fabric will last you much longer than your average fabric.
Yay, for longevity!
Who doesn’t love a good pair of pants that you can wear over and over without them wearing out so fast?
If you do not have a pair of Ripstop pants, please do yourself a favor and get these Black Stretch Ripstop Double Knee Cargo Jogger.
Our ripstop joggers feature a subtle grid pattern that gives the pants some texture and style that is different than your average joggers.
Ripstop Joggers have your back!
No matter what you are doing, even if it’s just going out to the city or to the skate park with your friends, these pants are so durable that you’ll totally be OK even if you go to the skate park and try to do an Ollie and don’t stick the landing. These pants will still be there for you!
They will not wear down as other pants do. These pants will be your best friend and hold up against all your shenanigans. They will not let you down!
How to Style Ripstop
There are multiple different ways to wear ripstop pants. Depending on your vibe, you can very well match it with a plain white tee. Not only a basic white tee, but if you want something more stylish and outgoing, perhaps something that maybe has some graphics on it.
Over here at Brooklyn Cloth, we have it all! A huge variety of shirts, sweatshirts, long sleeves, hoodies, jean jackets, and all with different stuff on it. When I say different, I’m talking graphics, cool symbols, embroidery, and text. You can incorporate all of this outerwear into your outfit.
Some add-ons that you need in your closet now by Brooklyn Cloth to complete your Utilitarian outfit are:
This green hoodie is a perfect add-on to the army-inspired trend. Details include original designs across the chest and arms, an attached hood with drawstrings, and a front kangaroo pocket. This hoodie is made from 100% polyester fleece and features a modern fit. Sizes range from small to extra-large and this hoodie fits true-to-size. It is so warm, which is exactly what we need in this autumn weather.
This sand-colored hoodie could be added to any outfit for that neutral, nude color scheme that is a huge part of the Utilitarian fashion trend.
The Camo Straight Hem Tee is the perfect option because it's super comfortable and stylish with all the utilitarian vibes you are searching for! Featuring camo print all over as well as 100% cotton, this tee provides a nice fit with great colors that can be worn with anything! Throw on some black cargo jogger pants and your favorite white sneakers and you have yourself a clean looking fit that is also extremely comfortable. The Camo Straight Hem Tee is also very versatile, rock it on a night out with friends or even at the gym while working out.
Look like a straight savage in our black anorak pullover hoodie. A crisp all-black base complements the other designs perfectly giving you a clean look. An excellent choice to rock in cold or rainy weather so you stay warm and dry while wearing a dope outfit. Details include a checkered panel on the sleeves, green and red "savage" boxed logo, front flap pocket, quarter zipper, attached hood with drawstrings, and modern fit. This awesome jacket is also in CAMO. You can never go wrong with camo when you are trying to style utilitarian.
Okay, but who doesn’t love fuzzy socks? Imagine a fuzzy-sock jacket; this is basically it. Our sherpa jackets come in different colors and styles but they all get the job done, which is to keep you warm, cozy, and stylish. This jacket specifically is our trends favorite, Camo! Not only is it Camouflage but it also has a zipper pocket in the front chest area. Who doesn’t love more pockets! That has to be my favorite part about the utilitarian trend. Here are some more details on this jacket it has camo print Sherpa all over, fleece lining, orange nylon front zip pocket on the chest, 2 side zip pockets, and true fit.
Get ready for those chilly nights in this super comfortable wear every day sherpa lined denim jacket. This jacket is ultra-comfy to throw on with a long sleeve tee and cargo ripstop jogger pants for a complete look. Details include sherpa lining, sherpa collar, full metal button front, sits and the waist, open side pockets, and modern fit.
What better time to try the utilitarian trend than now?
The Fall season is the perfect season to try them out. Not only are the pieces comfy, stylish, and practical, but the color scheme for the utilitarian fashion trend are neutrals, greens, and khakis, which all tie together with the Autumn season.
I can already see it, that Insta-worthy pic of you in your Brooklyn Cloth cargo jogger pants taking a walk in Central Park right under that beautiful color-changing tree where the leaves are falling as the wind gusts.
Oooo and once the leaves are all on the ground, don't forget to pick your feet up in your utilitarian boots and stomp, stomp, stomp to hear those leaves crunch!
You may be looking a little bit more casual than usual (depending on what you usually wear in your everyday fashion), but you will be in the comfiest clothes to get you through your whole day.
Utilitarian fashion’s biggest focal points are durability and long-lasting material. These clothes are going to last you a long time which is awesome because you will be wearing them for major events like learning how to do your first backflip on a skateboard or just a casual day in the park.
While living your everyday life, you are going to effortlessly look so dope. It's going to be fun trying the comfy yet stylish pieces within this trend.
We here at Brooklyn Cloth can’t wait to see what you guys put together using our Brooklyn Cloth wardrobe. Don’t forget to tag us for a chance to be reposted and for your fashion skills to be shown off to the world!
XOXO, until next time!