How to Get into Utah Fashion
It looks like you started visiting the niche hotspots around the area. You might have noticed that people dress a certain way. Maybe you attended poetry night at Sugar House Coffee and saw a lot of Tevas. Or you went to a 999 bike ride and was surprised by the number of guys riding with overalls on. Maybe you just moved to Utah and discovered Cotopaxi for the first time. Sounds like you need some Utah drip. No worries, this article will let you know how to dress like a local and where to shop.
Where to shop.
For basic shopping, many locals love to buy thrifted or vintage clothing. Besides your local Savers, many young adults can be found at the Deseret Industries stores. Locations are scattered across the valley with Sugar House being the closest to the city. The perpetual con to shopping at thrift stores is the finds aren’t ideal every time. This is where you can shop vintage at collector stores such as Vantage or Uptown Cheapskate. Some of the items featured in this article are specialty and will be easier to find at retail or outlet stores of their respective brands.
When Fall and Winter come to the valley, you will need to keep that dome warm, but you have probably seen some beanies worn all year round. You can never go wrong with a classic black Carhartt on or you can rock a short beanie. Recently, there has been a surge in knit beanies in the local style. Now we won’t pressure you to wear a beanie in the 100 degree weather, but would recommend it for the colder seasons.
Overalls have taken over the young fashion scene in Utah. The overalls express a sense of outdoor adventurer and hammocking connoisseur. From the durable denims to the short overalls, you can find all sorts of styles in Utah. Don’t be afraid to mix up the colors such as khaki or green. Take some time to fit them by hemming the legs. While the 90’s introduced the one strap style, most Utahns wear their overalls with both straps on.
You can never go wrong with some classic Nike Blazers when living in Utah, however the outdoor goers are more accustomed to Tevas and hiking shoes. These are perfect for your trips up the canyon or paddle boarding at Causey Reservoir. The Tevas are breathable and fashionable when wandering downtown in the middle of summer. While it is not recommended, you can surely get some airflow to those toes on a lovely bike ride. Furthermore, it is popular in Utah to own at least one pair of Converse. The black converse is the “go-everywhere” shoe with most Utahns wearing them till their soles break. The beat-up and battered look is a sign of use and a beacon for other converse wearers.
Cotopaxi is the pride and joy of Utah fashion. From upcycled shirts and shoes, to backpacks and fanny packs, the brand logo can be found across the valley. You can always find some Salt Lake Hipster with their Cotopaxi backpack on. An alternative is the tried and true Patagonia, but you need to show your support for local brands. Some of our favorites are the Fuego Down Vest and their Kapai 1.5 liter fanny pack.