Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Lindsey Lanquist
Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now
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The first time I realized cargo pants might be making a comeback occurred last summer, when stylist Audree Kate pitched me a piece about the controversial clothing item’s potential return. The second moment? When I shopped a chic winter pants piece and stumbled upon pair after pair of cute cargo pants. The third moment—the moment that made contemporary cargos absolutely impossible to ignore—was delivered to me at the hands of Ariana Grande, who stunned in a pair of hot pink cargo pants in the music video for her new single, “7 Rings.”

The third time isn’t just a charm—in the fashion world, it’s the thing that takes something from happenstance to full-on trend. Cargo pants were back, baby. And honestly, I wasn’t mad about it.

Cargo pants have a long sartorial history, their roots firmly planted in skater culture. Call to mind the image of a person wearing cargo pants, and you’re probably picturing a 13-year-old boy clad in a baggy T-shirt and even baggier trousers. One of the last mental images you’re likely to conjure up is that of a street style star (or an endlessly trendy singer) looking hot as hell in a pair of surprisingly structured, surprisingly chic cargos. But that counterintuitive image is way more representative of the current cargo pant landscape.

Cargo pants have made a comeback. They’re genuinely cute. And I, a New York City-based fashion editor, really, really want a pair. Thankfully, retailers have made it super easy for me—and for all of us—to find a pair of cute cargos that meets all our aesthetic needs and desires.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Daisy Street Cargo Pants, $40 at ASOS

I’m not saying khaki cargos should replace jeans, but I’m saying they totally could.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

PrettyLittleThing Pocket Detail Straight-Leg Pants, $34 at ASOS

Um, excuse me while I buy these and style them exactly like so?

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

BDG Pink Soft Utility Pant, $79 at Urban Outfitters

Channel your inner Ariana Grande and get those hot pink cargos (and buy seven rings while you’re at it, too).

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Daisy Street Cargo Pants, $40 at ASOS

Even the classic cargo is looking more dapper than ever.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Blue Cargo Pant, $79 at Urban Outfitters

Plays well with all the other ’90s-inspired pieces you already have in your closet.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Lara High-Rise Cargo Pant, $69 at Urban Outfitters

So comfortable you’ll never want to take them off. So cute (and versatile) you’ll never have a reason to.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

PrettyLittleThing Pocket Detail Cargo Pants, $45 at ASOS

New favorite outfit combo: vintage tee + khaki cargos. That’s it. That’s the whole thing. And it’s cute AF.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Vintage Overdyed Camo Cargo Pant, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Red camo cargos sound so wrong, but look so, so right.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

PrettyLittleThing Pocket Detail Cargo Pants, $38 at ASOS

The olive cargo options are basically endless.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Missguided Cargo Utility Pants, $48 at ASOS

Into utility jumpsuits? Maybe utility pants will be your thing, too.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Cargo Chic Pants, $24.98 at Fashion Nova

Leave it to Fashion Nova to make tan cargo pants look seriously hot.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

By the Way Missy Jogger Pant, $66 at Revolve

A sleeker, subtler take on the trend—but one that still feels adequately edgy.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

BDG Cargo Jogger Jean, $69 at Urban Outfitters

Yup, we’ve officially entered the era of the cargo jean.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Distressed Denim Joggers, $20 at Forever 21

Distressed denim—rendered in olive cargo form.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Prime Pants, $128 at Free People

You could wear these with anything. Anything.

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Sand Cargo Pant, $74 at Urban Outfitters

Who knew something called a “sand cargo” could look so, well, cool?

STYLECASTER | Let’s Be Honest, There Are Lots of Cute Cargo Pants Worth Shopping Right Now

Utility Wind Pants, $27.90 at Forever 21

Because everything’s more fun in yellow. (Which, as you well know, is one of 2019’s trendiest colors.)

 

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