I've been marinating on my resistance toward cargo pants for quite some time now. I see the trend everywhere (yes, they're officially a trend again) and want to participate in it, yet there is something holding me back. With one quick fact check with my old friend Merriam-Webster, I realized what's holding me back is my pride. My favorite definition of this word is "a reasonable or justifiable self-respect." I love justifying things. I love justice. But unfortunately I love it more in the petty sense. Rather than running rampant screaming "Let's go fight injustice worldwide!" I text my friends paragraphs about how I have personally been victimized by an (insignificant yet upsetting) injustice like my ex-boyfriend spreading rumors about why we broke up or not being able to get into my favorite ClassPass class. Life is so hard!
By now you're probably wondering how on earth this relates to cargo pants. It relates because I have, in the past, spoken negatively about cargo pants. There, I said it. I may or may not have even made fun of people who wore them because apparently I was a fashion bully. So now I find myself in a pickle. Wearing said cargo pants will simultaneously label me a hypocrite and strip me of my pride. Am I ready for that? Am I ready to face the world and admit that I was wrong about cargo pants never being cool again unless you are wearing them in a room that is pitch-black? I told you, I was a fashion bully and am very opinionated. Not saying any of that is okay, but here we are.
Basically, this story is a public declaration of my sincerest apologies for ever speaking poorly of cargo pants, a confession that I am scared to wear them, and a promise that I will, despite my pride, buy a pair and wear them with confidence. I honestly think the return of this pant trend feels fresh and exciting. There are so many ways to style them that after owning a pair, you and I may even consider swapping our jeans out for the trend. At least for a few weeks.
Before, I would have never reported this as good news, but I am a changed woman, so telling you that there are actually tons of incredible cargo pant styles to choose from is exciting. And if camouflage prints and oversize mysteriously placed pockets frighten you, the simpler utility styles might better suit you. If you need some styling inspiration, I've pulled a few of my favorite and most approachable street style shots of women wearing cargo pants. Additionally, I shopped out the many pairs I am loving right now so you too can immediately hop on the cargo pant train.
This is how I will look at anyone who questions me wearing cargo pants from this point forward.
This festive pink striped sweater lightens up a heavier cargo pant.
A statement stiletto bootie does wonders with a utility/cargo pant. Also, when in doubt, throw a visor on.
They even look good with a puffer…
This may or may not be my favorite look and is further proof that an outlandish furry jacket makes every outfit better.
Shop cargo pants I love:
This brand continues to win my heart, and these pants are no exception.
Available in sizes S to L.
Leave it to I Am Gia to convince us of any trend, honestly.
Available in XS to L.
A stiletto balances these pants out with ease.
Available in sizes 1 to 4.
Basically a culotte with a little cargo.
Available in sizes FR34 to FR44.
One of the easiest to wear pairs in the bunch.
Available in sizes 0 to 14.
Down for this entire look.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Adding some color into the mix for dramatic effect.
Available in sizes 1X to 3X.
Wear with a white T-shirt and call it a day.
Available in sizes 0 to 8.
Next time you see me, I may be wearing this exact outfit.
Available in sizes S to L.
A sleek change of pace for the cargo trend.
Available in sizes IT38 to IT42.
The proof is in the pudding—these pants are so easy to wear!
Available in sizes IT38 to IT46.
Cargo pants' best friends? Sneakers, duh.
Available in sizes 16 to 30.
After this long-winded story about my journey to accepting cargo pants, I hope you don't end up hating me but start loving the trend instead. Don't let me know if it ends up being the former.