The "Ugly" Trend That Everyone Will Wear in 2019


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There's a new "ugly" trend looming and, dare we say it, the style just might replace the jeans in your closet (at least temporarily). Ready or not, cargo pants are officially a trend, and we have the intel that they're only going to get more popular over the next six months. Up until now, the fashion crowd was pretty divided on the trend, with some embracing it at full force and others resisting the practical pants at all costs.

We know, their voluminous shape and conspicuously placed pockets hardly make them a subtle pick, but according to a recent Edited report, the pants are up by a whopping 266% in just the last two months. Essentially, they're poised to be huge not just for fall but well into next spring, too, so if you were considering adding a pair into the mix, this is a clear sign: Shop them now.

Ahead, get inspired by our favorite street style moments and then shop the styles we love most—whether you're game for something statement-making or looking for a more streamlined pair.


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Heavy-duty shoes amplify the pants' streetwear appeal.


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Balance out their volume with a sleek crop top.


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…or an ultra-romantic blouse.


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All the cool girls will be wearing their utility pants with statement sneakers.


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Add some more edge via a chain belt.


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Cropped tops always work.


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Cinch your waist with a leather belt to add polish to the look.

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Senior Editor

Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.