How to Wear Cargo Pants in 2020
Not your older brother's cargo pants
This might be a controversial opinion, but hopefully coming from me, it won’t surprise you too much:
I’m totally pro-guys wearing cargo pants.
Now, you guys may have put that together when I shared 5 ways to wear the modern cargo shorts, and while there was some pushback, nevertheless, I persist.
Because, guys, you would rock ’em so well! Of course, just like with the cargo shorts, these cargo pants are not the cargo pants your mean older brother was wearing in the early 2000’s.
Today’s cargo pants fit slim through the leg. Meaning, you shouldn’t be able to comfortably hold a can of Bud Light in one pocket and..well, another Bud Light in the other.
Cargo pants are a great casual alternative to jeans, chinos, and 5-pocket twill pants. Of course, you could wear the outfits below with any of the above, too, so take this outfit inspiration however you want.
Personally, I really like the nod cargo pants give to the military trend that has been in style for what feels like forever. It makes them just interesting enough without looking “out there.”
Oh, and also, they are the perfect weight for spring weather!
The modern cargo pants are slimmer in cut, with pockets that add visual interest, without the bulk.
Below, five ideas on how to wear cargo pants in a totally modern way:
Wear it well: Dress up your cargo pants for a creative work place with a blazer – roll up the cargo pants AND push your sleeves up to give it a lived in look.
Wear it well: You can wear your cargo pants all the way back to cool weather, by dressing them up with a textured sweater and topcoat. You’re sure to nail that ‘rugged gentleman’ vibe.
Wear it well: A zippy, fun short-sleeve shirt, with a half zip sweater and derbies take your cargos from work to drinks.
Wear it well: A breton shirt and a suede collared jacket elevate cargos while still keeping things casual.
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