17 women’s cargo pants that you’ll actually love to style.
Yes, cargo pants are back. And yes, they are going to remind you of the ‘90s and early aughts wardrobe that you thought you had left in the dust.
The thing is, though, the more you look at them today, the more you want to try them on for size…again. And you should!
But maybe consider starting with these favorites that we’ve hand-selected with elevated style in mind.
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Designers like Tom Ford, Bottega Veneta, Celine, and The Attico have all debuted the utilitarian style on runways lately so it’s a sure bet that they’ve received the high-fashion seal of approval.
What’s more, celebrities like Rihanna, Emily Ratajkowski, and Kim Kardashian have all taken the age-old wardrobe staple and styled them in new and fresh ways.
The new look
But first: the pants. This season, it’s all about tailoring. If you’re going to go oversized, make sure that there are tailored details, like high waistlines, slim hips, or dramatically structured silhouettes.
If you prefer a slimmer pant that is naturally more tailored, feel free to style it with borrowed-from-the-boys knits, easeful tees, and the like.
Ahead, find our favorite cargo pants of the moment. You should be shopping them all now.
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For an added silhouette detail, shop these cargo jeans with a strap around each ankle for a tapered look.
Go cropped with a super chic pair of runway-ready cargo pants that boast a waist belt, wide cuffed hem, and flapped cargo pockets on the front of each thigh.
You can match it with your favorite crop tops!
Go for a utilitarian cargo pant style with a light-wash camouflage option.
You’ll love these flowing wide-leg cargos, made of a crispy nylon that reminds you of a pair of swishing athletic pants from your youth. For a chic casual look, add your slide sandals.
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For the full-blown ‘90s feel, opt for a pair of drawstring joggers in green or khaki with classic cargo pockets on each leg.
Go for that borrowed-from-the-boys look with a pair of cargo jeans that boast a straight leg, mid-rise style that you remember from way back when.
Don’t forget to throw a white sweater on top for your go-to fall outfits.
It’s the more dramatic, the better when it comes to these flared cargo pants with three diagonally-placed pockets running along the side of each leg.
You love Mother for the brand’s jeans of all shapes and sizes, so why not look to them for a pair of ankle-cropped cargo pants with a utility style feel.
Silky pajama pants meets the throwback cargo pant trend with these black printed floral bottoms that you’ll want to truly live in all year long.
Not only are these among the most classic of cargo pants, but they actually come in three different colors and three different lengths! Add a cardigan to complete the classic fall look.
From the front, these wide leg cargo pants feel more tailored than most, but the back reveals an elastic waistband that turns them into your new favorite pull-on-and-go pants.
For a taste of the early-aughts, shop denim cargo pants with a subtle wide leg or flared hem, best when styled with lug or chunky soled kicks.
These cargo pants have a silky sateen finish, making for a more easeful and streamlined silhouette than heavier cottons.
Balance out the cargo look with a more stylized silhouette for a fun take on high-low dressing.
Classic Cargo Pants
If you are looking for workwear cargo pants, here are the best 3 classic cargo pants that you get.
Whether you love them for their practicality (hello pockets!) or effortless cool vibe, these cargo pants blend feminine details into workwear’s classic utility and structure.
Great for every day as well as for traveling. With a pocket for everything, you’ll never lose your passport again!
These cargo pants combine Dickies’ famous, durable workwear with a sleek, tailored look that you’ll find yourself reaching for whether for work or play.
Stay fresh in the fresh air with the moisture-wicking finish and UPF 40, these cargos are perfect for your next outdoor or urban adventure.
The tapered leg keeps them looking modern and feminine and not like your dad’s old hiking pants.
Even though you might have thought you left cargo pants well in the past, it might just be time to try them on for size one more time.
Cargo Pant Outfits
Curious what to style your brand new cargo pants with?
Shop our favorites below. From platform sneakers to moto boots; cardigans, bustiers, and more; wear your cargos for day or night with ease.
Add a little height to those wide-leg favorites with casual kicks like a pair of platform sneakers.
Add a little bit of a preppy vibe by way of a cashmere sweater designed to look like a polo.
Go edgy and tailored at the same time with a pair of British-inspired leather Chelsea boots that will pair perfectly with your cargo pants for fall.
Tap into a little bit of that early-aughts vibe with a cashmere cardigan boasting tiny buttons and openings between them as well as a slightly cropped silhouette.
For that true ‘90s favorite, there’s nothing quite like a pair of Dr. Martens to get the job done in a snap.
Add a cozy layer to your cargo pants look while still remaining quite featherweight with this mohair-blend cardigan.
Layer it over a cropped tee, silk cami, or even wear solo, buttoned up the front.
If you’re really feeling daring, try out the corset trend for a high-low mix that will have all eyes on you and your cargo pants look.
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