INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
ASOS INSIDERS WEAR UTILITY THREADS
By Matt Glazebrook, 3 December 2018
We don’t actually make our ASOS Insiders do shifts in the warehouse to get their clothing discount but that doesn’t mean they don’t know their way around a bit of hard-wearing utility workwear. Check out Joshua, Nawal and Ruddy here demonstrating that all work with just a little bit of play can make Jack a very stylish boy indeed.
As a serious skatehead, straight-cut utility trousers are basically a second skin for @asos_joshua. The skate scene embraced solid, scuff-resistant worker pants in a big way in the 90s, making cult brands of traditional trade apparel companies like Dickies and Carhartt. Two decades on, the workpant remains a skate staple and a utilitarian steez go-to. Joshua amps up the 9-5 vibes with the sort of tan short-sleeve shirt you might wear to pump gas and a big ol’ cup of morning joe.
With this getup, @asos_nawal is ticking a couple of utility trend boxes. There’s the hi-vis gilet straight out of the AW18 emergency orange trend, which he’s layered over the more timelessly proletarian combination of a blue pin-stripe worker jacket and matching worker pants. The jacket’s capacious pockets and riff on the name tag deliver bonus utility points, while posing in front of a giant crane is a strictly optional means of further boosting your blue-collar credentials.
Of course, utility style isn’t all about looking like you’re heading off for a day’s graft – functional fits, with their clean lines and classic silhouettes, are a great foundation for building something a little more ‘for the weekend’, too. Look at @asos_ruddy here: he’s taken a Dickies utility jacket and teamed it with another hardware-store staple – overalls. Only these dungarees are done up in a distinctly off-duty teddy-fur texture, which cleverly ties in the funkier touches elsewhere (canary-yellow Nikes and bold patterned polo shirt). Stellar stuff – give that man a half-day holiday.