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Trend Alert: The Utility Jacket

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Trend Alert: The Utility Jacket

Aquascutum Fall 2011, Photo by Anthea Simms

Trend Alert: The Utility Jacket

Photo by Anthea Simms

One of fall’s coolest looks- you’ll see it everywhere- unexpectedly combines utility parkas with flowing feminine layers. Kate Moss wore the pairing best back in the ’90s- and photos of her inspired Joseph Altuzarra’s fall collection. If the relaxed grunge mood isn’t your thing, Aquascutum showed a more polished interpretation with streamlined parkas over vibrant separates. The key message? Don’t make your jacket an afterthought- include it in your overall look. A minimal tote and toughed-up knee-high boots give the edge that every utility-chic look needs.

How To Pull It Off:

Find a parka in a shape and size to suit your mood- choose a cropped style for a pulled-together look, or go oversized for a more relaxed vibe. Mix high-tech and luxury fabrics in one outfit, such as heavy wool and silk, or nylon and mohair. Maintain the laid-back feel with a combat boot or chunky heel Mary Jane.