There has been dissension in the fashion ranks this season, with high-profile editors and influencers alike defecting from their standard-issue glamour and look-at-me logos and instead embracing an altogether more utilitarian mood. Whether it's a reflection of the sombre state of politics right now or a rejection of the ostentatious trends spreading on Instagram, one thing's for sure: This autumn, fashion is getting stripped back, and we couldn't be happier.
This year's "nu-minimalism" has manifested in myriad ways over the last eight months, but alongside the usual suspects—think clean-lined midi dresses and crisp tailoring—the utility trend has risen up as one of the more unusual spins on the elevated basics bandwagon.
Spotted on the runways of Bottega Veneta, Miu Miu and Chloé, designers have taken cargo trousers, combat boots and utility jackets and combined them with luxe fabrics to create a distinctively grown-up twist on a previously grungy trend. It's all in the details: From the boxy silhouette of a boilersuit to a subtle pocket on a pair of tailored trousers, this is far from Action Man dressing.
Yes, the overwhelming aesthetic of the utility trend is of practicality (the clue's in the name), and you know you can easily chuck on these pieces at the weekend with sneakers, but, unexpectedly, they also look fab dressed up with heels and layered jewellery—just look at Pernille.
When it comes to shopping the trend, high-street faves Arket, Weekday and & Other Stories are acing this look right now, so make sure you check them out for utility essentials. But if you're in need of some more general inspiration, scroll down to see how the fashion crowd is wearing the trend, plus shop the key pieces.