I can’t decide if I am a fan of the Spring Utilitarian look or not?
Softer than military and not quite so 70’s as the safari suit look, the utilitarian style—pockets, hardware and every shade of khaki—is everywhere you look. Maybe I am not ‘SOLD’ on the style because it leans more to smart casual and you know me… I don’t tend to do a lot of ‘casual’ or it could just be that Khaki may not be my colour.
Who knew there were so many shades of army green? If I had to choose I would say Witchery has more my shade. I think Veronika Maine has missed the mark with their darker version. Country Road is sitting in the middle along with Sussans, Target and Coles Mix.
There are no set rules or instructions on how to choose the right shade. Try them on, make sure the change rooms are not too dark. Walk out into the store if you have to get a better look in a brighter light. You will quickly know if the color is working or dragging you down.
If you like the idea but are not sure Khaki is working for you, put a lighter contrasting color near your face and keep the green down below. I wouldn’t invest in a whole heap of Utilitarian styles but a couple of well-chosen pieces will keep you on trend.A cute skirt, cargo pants or jacket are a great mid-season addition to your Spring wardrobe.
I personally wouldn’t do double khaki with the 2015 version of the safari suit being a little overwhelming for my liking. Be careful to not add too much bulk to your frame with chunky pockets in unflattering places. I have chunky (well let’s just call them well developed) thighs from cycling so depending on the fabric and style, cargo’s can give me an Arnold Schwarzenegger silhouette. The ‘Terminator’ look is never a style I am trying to emulate.
I have my eye on the Witchery rib twist skirt. I like the way they have styled it with a nude ankle boot and simple white cami. I think a little bit could work.
I’ll be sure to let you know!