Yep, Here's the "Ugly" Trend Everyone Will Wear This Fall


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I just need to talk about cargo pants right now—the controversial piece that's often labeled as "ugly" and that's suddenly winning me over in a huge way. I consider them to be a natural progression of the relaxed-trouser trend that has been huge over the last year (a personal favorite in my wardrobe), but this time around, it's coming with lots more pockets. We are seeing the trouser variety as well as denim and skirt versions, which are just cementing the trend even more.

Put on the map by brands like The Attico and Max Mara, whose fall collections are heavily steeped in the pieces, the cargo trend feels fresh and cool and recently landed in my shopping cart. Plus, it's already being worn by the coolest fashion insiders, so if you're on the fence, you can rest assured that it's worthy of a test-drive. Ahead, shop the coolest pieces to tap into the cargo trend with.


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If you're looking to get started with the cargo trend, denim styles are a great way to start. With plenty of affordable options on the market and proof that they're street style approved, you'll want these in your closet. Make sure to look out for super-baggy silhouettes.

Shop cargo jeans:


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Slightly more grown-up than their denim counterparts, cargo pants come in a wide range of styles. From edgy camo prints to sleek trousers, there are so many ways designers are interpreting the trend.

Shop cargo pants:


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While I thought that cargo jeans and cargo pants were the two major styles to look out for in the season ahead, cargo skirts are carving themselves out as another key style to watch.

Shop cargo skirts:

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.