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Truckers, janitors, carpenters – once the sartorial salt of the earth, now cutting-edge fashion icons making SS18 statements with their durable, labour-ready getups. This isn’t the first time we’ve backed utilitarian-inspired threads, which have featured intermittently on both catwalks and curbs for the last few years, but the recent menswear shows prove it’s time to get involved. Here’s our take on the trend… 

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Lesson one – it’s all about quality clothing that’s built to last. A hardwearing denim jacket in a structured shape is a solid investment that'll not only rep the utilitarian vibe, but will also work with your other outfits, too. Throwing on a heavyweight knit with rusty-red stripes is the perfect antidote to a blustery British day. But, for warmer temps, all you’ll need underneath is a casual grey tee. Going for a brand like Carhartt, which has its roots in classic workwear, will act as a subtle nod to the trend.


Here, style and comfort aren’t mutually exclusive, so feel free to mix and match your dress-code level. The easiest way to upgrade your look while maintaining that laid-back feel is by contrasting the durable fabric of your jacket with some smart-yet-relaxed pinstripe trousers. Then, step out in sharp, chunky-soled Derbies – aka postman shoes – and make practicality a priority with no-fuss accessories, like this cross-body bag.