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.
For 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; aritzia.com
Alice + Olivia Sondra Slip Tank, $285; aliceandolivia.com
Stuart Weitzman 100 SquareNudist Sandal, $398; stuartweitzman.com
Edie Parker Oval Bag, $1,295; shopbop.com
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; reiss.com
Elizabeth and James Mimi Tie Neck Blouse, $395; nordstrom.com
Zara Baggy Jeans, $40; zara.com
Dune Alexxandria Slipper Cut Heel, $99; dunelondon.com
A.P.C. Juliette Leather Bag, $515; net-a-porter.com
For 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; dolcevita.com
Madewell Shrunken Stretch Jean Jacket, $118; madewell.com
Brinker & Eliza Honeymoon Earrings, $110; modaoperandi.com
Attico Velvet Pouch Bag, $250; modaopernadi.com
For 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; hm.com
Topshop Zebra Print Tote Bag, $58; topshop.com
Nike Air VaporMax Plus, $190; nike.com
Shinola Muldowney, $650; shinola.com