This ensemble was inspired by a wild card birthday present from Greg: a pair of Vince Zip Ankle Utility Pants in dark olive. He chose them because I have nothing like that in my closet, and he fancies the idea of me sporting the look. Why not! I instantly loved them because they’re very tailored, have fun zippers on the ankles, and the olive is more brown than green. The length is perfect, hitting me an inch above the ankle bone.
I don’t want to create a masculine vibe with these utility pants. No basic button-down shirts, T-shirts, oxfords, or sneakers. Instead I want to wear them with flouncy shirts and blouses, pointy toe flats, dainty sandals, classic loafers, statement bags and pearls. Here are the exact tops, shoes, bags and pearls from my wardrobe that I’ll be wearing with the new utility pants. You can see me sport the look in the forum.
Choose any colour palette to create your own version. Here are the components of the outfit formula, and some visuals to get you started.
Utility Pants: Choose a pair of neutrally-toned utility or cargo pants. I’ve used shades of olive, brown and khaki because that’s most authentic, but feel free to wear any colour. Chinos will work if you don’t have utility pants.
Pretty Top: You’re after a casual or dressier girly blouse in a solid or pattern to amp up the pretty. No T-shirts, shirts, or tops that look Tomboy. Wear it out, or semi-tucked with a belt. Add a lace camisole if that tickles your fancy. I will.
Feminine Footwear: Choose shoes that are refined, flat or low-heeled. No boyish oxfords, sneakers or chunky shoes this time round. Think pretty pointed flats, ankle strap flats, d’Orsay flats, mules, wrapped sandals, wedged espadrilles, delicate gladiators, or classic loafers. Choose a colour that works with the outfit.
Accessories: Finish off the look with a bag that works with the outfit. Don’t go too casual in the bag if you want to amp up the polish. Add jewellery, eyewear, headgear and watch as desired.