How to Wear Cargo Pants—Because, Yes, They’re Back


Don’t freak out, but cargo pants are back. But before you run for the hills, hear our plea: These are not the pants you idolized during your late ’90s, early ’00s pop punk phase. No, these are ones that can be worn by grown ups who staunchly believe ties do not go with Hanes tank tops. For a modern take on the pocketed trend, look to Givenchy’s spring 2019 collection. Under the leadership of designer Claire Waight Keller, the runway proved that the practical pant can be chic. It’s all about strategic styling and balancing out the baggy silhouette. Read on for our guide on how to wear cargo pants in 2018.

imageFor a Night Out

Cargo pants are not exactly sexy, but a lace camisole is. Wear them together with your favorite little black heels for a night on the town.

Wilfred Durante Jacket, $168;

Alice + Olivia Sondra Slip Tank, $285;

Stuart Weitzman 100 SquareNudist Sandal, $398;

Edie Parker Oval Bag, $1,295;



imageFor Work

Use workwear staples like a structured blazer, a silk blouse, and low heels to promote your cargo pants to boss status.

Reiss Harper Jacket, $370;

Elizabeth and James Mimi Tie Neck Blouse, $395;

Zara Baggy Jeans, $40;

Dune Alexxandria Slipper Cut Heel, $99;

A.P.C. Juliette Leather Bag, $515;



imageFor Sunday Brunch

A girls’ brunch is a safe opportunity for style exploration. Use a pair of cargo pants with a denim jacket as a neutral base against statement accessories you’ve been too scared to test out.

Dolce Vita Davi Boots, $200;

Madewell Shrunken Stretch Jean Jacket, $118;

Brinker & Eliza Honeymoon Earrings, $110;

Attico Velvet Pouch Bag, $250;


imageFor Errand Running

An oversized turtleneck is more polished than a hoodie, which makes it ideal for non-schlubby errand running. Then accessorize with punchy items like a zebra bag and flashy running sneakers to add colorful interest to your outfit.

H&M Knit Turtleneck, $35;

Topshop Zebra Print Tote Bag, $58;

Nike Air VaporMax Plus, $190;

Shinola Muldowney, $650;

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