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Never quite got the hang of military style? Your time is now. This utilitarian, functional fashion movement takes inspiration from army uniforms and the need for practicality, with a nod to large pockets, khaki tones and metallic details. Now you’re clued up, check out our soldier-style starter pack, featuring three ways to wear these ASOS high-waisted shorts.


Styled by Beccy Goldsworthy

How to wear utility shorts | ASOS

Khaki shorts and red swimsuit

Beach shorts

Add a military edge to your next beach day and give your denim cut-offs a break by wearing these khaki shorts over your swimmers. Keep things hands-free simple with a Calvin Klein cross-body bag and slip on black slides for a dose of glamour.
Khaki shorts and white shirt

Khaki shorts and white shirt

Put them to work

The very definition of the word utility is 'being useful'. So, where better to wear these utility-style shorts than the office? Dress them up with some block heels and a pinstripe shirt for an always-on boss-lady vibe.

How to wear utility shorts | ASOS

How to wear utility shorts | ASOS

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Shorts and off-shoulder

Try adding a crisp, military edge to your next night out and style the shorts with a 80s-inspired puffball off-shoulder top. Keep things cool and comfy with some sneakers – these leopard Vans are a current fave – and finish the look off with some hot hoops.