One of the big trends taking over the fashion world right now is women’s cargo pants. This early 2000’s staple gaining traction with fashionistas young and old, bringing a modern twist to a comfortable and casual look. Cargo pants suit any body shape and pair well with many styles of clothes.
Whether you want a casual look or something comfortable for the office, there’s plenty of ways you can style cargo pants. We’ve put together our 8 top favorite cargo pants looks below to get your inspiration flowing.
- Casual Friday work attire
Casual Friday is the perfect day to wear your cargo pants to work. You can style them up with just a few wardrobe essentials. Start with a plain tee and blazer combo. This combo merges casual, comfort and functionality with business.
Add some ballet flats or slip-on mules to give your feet a break from high heels. And when it comes to accessories, keep it minimal to avoid overdressing the look.
When it comes to the color palette, try and keep things muted or neutral. Go too bright and the look doesn’t quite work for the office.
- Adventure in style
Whether you’re hiking with friends or embarking on an epic shopping expedition, this look will ensure you look cool and chic. Pair your cargo pants with a graphic tee. You can tuck the shirt in if you want, particularly if you have waist-high cargo pants.
Then the cherry on top of this outfit are your lace-up boots. They can be hiking boots for a more active day, or platforms or heels if you’re looking to turn heads.
This outfit is sure to become a favorite. It looks stunning and is super comfy.
- Simple but striking
If you want a low-effort look that’s still sophisticated you can’t go past pairing cargo pants with a crisp white button-down shirt. The sharp lines and minimal color palette are chic and on-trend.
And if you want to add a little bit of your own unique personality to this look, choose a pair of statement shoes. Animal prints look great, but you can pair these outfit with just about any patterned shoes you can find.
Keep your handbag and accessories sleek and minimalist to avoid overdressing the look. This outfit is all about less is more.
- Pair cargo with cargo
Just like double denim is a popular trend, double cargo is taking. Coordination is key and with a double cargo outfit, you can have a lot of fun experimenting with different takes on this look.
Start with your cargo pants and cargo jacket. They can be the same color, or you can mix and match. Then add a graphic tee to break up the look. A belt bag is also a great way to do this.
When it comes to shoes, the world is your oyster. This look suits sneakers just as well as heels. Do what feels right for your own personal brand.
- Cargo and crystals
While cargo is often associated with grunge and casual looks, you can still dress it up for a special occasion. Just make use of crystal or glittering accessories.
For instance, pair your cargo pants with an embroidered or jeweled statement cape or shawl to bring some glam to a casual look. You can also bring this sparkle with your accessories — just don’t go overboard.
- Quick to go
If you have trouble getting out the door on time because you can’t decide what to wear, then this outfit is just for you.
Get your favorite cargo pants and team them with a slouchy sweater. You’ll look fashionable while being as comfortable as if you were still in your pyjamas.
To give this look a more sophisticated twist, you can add a pair of heels and some statement jewelery to class it up.
- Modern throwback
If you want to enjoy a little 2000’s fashion — which is on trend right now — then this look is perfect. Pair your cargo pants with a crop top for the base of this outfit. Then add a pair of combat or ankle boots to bring back those pop-punk memories. From there, it’s all about the accessories. Try sunglass or a choker.
A great thing about this outfit is that it’s perfect for catching up with friends but equally at home at a music festival. It’s likely to become a summer staple for you.
- Layer it
Mastering layering is a true fashion skill but you can do it with ease in this outfit. Cargo pants are great when you want to layer your upper body. They complement the bulk of multiple jackets easily.
For this look, pick out your cargo pants and then layer an overcoat over a denim jacket. You can then rock a utilitarian look that’s comfortable and cozy. For shoes, match them to the occasion. This look works well heels, boots or sneakers.
So, there you have it – 8 killer ways to style your cargo pants. Which is your favorite?