Step into the utility trend with this combination of khaki colours, linen fabrics and the delicate features of broderie detailing. Utility doesn’t just have to be tough and masculine; adding some classic whites and stitching make this trend accessible to everyone.
The utility trend is so hot right now. In fact, it’s everywhere. But I don’t just want to do a trend because everyone is talking about it. Neither do I want to do a shoot with me just wearing the basic trend.
So, I’ve gone and mixed it up a little. I’ve combined two trends to showcase utility, and that is broderie that is also all over the high street. I love the juxtaposition of the strong masculine elements of the utility trend, the military elements and tough fabrics with the girlishness of broderie anglaise, white cotton dresses and delicate features.
In fact, I loved this combination of the trends so much, I shot two outfits for it. The second shoot will be published very soon; probably in a week.
But for now, let’s talk about this outfit and this shoot. This was shot late afternoon, and is my first sunset shoot in a very, very long time. I usually shoot at dawn or in the early mornings if I miss dawn. It’s rare that I shoot so late in the day.
Originally this shoot was meant to be done in the Barbican Conservatory. The place was so jammed there was no way I could have pulled this off on my own. So, annoyed and dejected I went home. I’d had an insane week in work, I was tired and my husband was at home sick. It was a bit selfish of myself to even be out doing this shoot. But I was annoyed that I couldn’t shoot it.
Then things happened, and I somehow ended up remembering this museum and how much I loved the sandstone front. Long story short, I ended up shooting this at like 4 in the afternoon, racing to get this done before the sun went down. And the light was just beautiful and worked so well with the outfit.
The styling on this shoot is a lot more daring than I would have styled even several years ago. The idea of taking a long white dress and adding a pair of khaki jeans underneath would have seemed alien to me a few years ago.
Since I started taking this blog and my shooting more seriously, I thought to myself. Why not? Why always go for the same style? This isn’t a style blog, per se. It’s an editorial blog. My husband says the same thing too; in fact, he’s the one pushing me to be more daring in my style choices, and he’s right. I wouldn’t wear this in my everyday life, but then again that is not the point of this shoot. I live in a pair of jeans and Superstars trainers outside of work, and workwear and a pair of Superstars in work.
So, you’ll be seeing more daring style choices, more effort put into my hair, makeup and nails.
Khaki linen shirt: ,Pull&Bear found here – White broderie maxi dress: ASOS, found here and here – Khaki jeans with side pockets: H&M, found here – Khaki canvas backpack: Consigned, found here – Patent black heeled hiking boots: ASOS, found here – Brown leather men’s belt: old