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15 July 2022

Cargo Pants: This Season’s Biggest Trend

The latest of the naughties style resurgence brings utility back into the spotlight.

Following the mini bag and low-rise jean revivals, another iconic Y2K style has made a comeback. This time, we’re embracing the cargo pant silhouette, 20 years on. A seemingly ‘ugly’ style, the cargo pant has the potential to be styled in chic and modern ways. Throw away the belly chain and bandana, we’re showing you how to make this garment work in 2022.

Words By Ruby Staley

To Study

Big and baggy, all stepped up.

Whether you work from home, or prefer to study with friends in the library, a great pair of relaxed pants will support you in feeling comfortable so you can focus on the important stuff.

Starting with Aspesi’s cargo inspired take on classic pinstripe pants with the Striped Loose-Fit Cargo Pants that make a perfect cool yet casual base for your studying look.

Add a comfortable pop of colour into the mix and contrast to the oversized silhouette of the pants with a mesh long sleeve. Rejina Pyo’s Annette Tie-Dye Asymmetric Top would do the trick here, keeping you comfortable while complimenting the grunginess of the pants.

For chilly days walking around campus, layer an oversized coat like this off-white
Stan Double-Breasted Twill Coat from BA&SH that will add an air of sophistication to any look.

Top your uni-chic ensemble off with a pair of trendy and comfy New Balance White & Navy 530 Sneakers ideal to walk to and from your tram.

Sling this Gray Pleats Mesh Bag by Pleats Please Issey Miyake packed full with all your study essentials over your shoulder and you’re set for the day.

Clockwise Left to Right:

BA&SH Stan Double-breasted Twill Coat, was $689 now $378, The Outnet
ASPESI Striped Loose-fit Cargo Pants, was $700 now $490, Farfetch
Rejina Pyo Annette Tie-dye Asymmetric Top, $438, Farfetch
Pleats Please Issey Miyake Gray Pleats Mesh Bag, $795, SSENSE
New Balance White & Navy 530 Sneakers, $160, SSENSE

To Work

Both WFH and in-office apropos.

For a slightly more formal take on the cargo pant style, opt for a more structured fabric in a classic straight pant cut, rather than baggy and oversized.

Perfect for buying on a budget, Cotton On’s large colour variety of Scout Cargo Pants provide the perfect solution to wearing a pair of cargos into a professional setting.

With the style’s signature side pockets intact, these comfortable slacks largely resemble classic office pants with a few additions and a slightly wide leg.

Elevate this pair of cargos by pairing them with a crisp white button up – a workplace staple.

This White Organic Cotton Shirt from Ganni, complete with a frilly oversized collar detail is perfect for adding a touch of femininity to the utilitarian style.

Pulling on both of the feminine and utility aesthetics, a pair of classic Mary-Jane Loafers, like these from Prada, would perfectly pair – making them an office staple.

For when the weather is chilly, layering an oversized coat like Ena Pelly’s Claudia Leather Trench Coat and a bright scarf like Loewe’s Leather-Trimmed Intarsia-Knit Scarf will preserve the cool girl chicness of the look, while still pertaining to office dress codes no matter how strict.

Clockwise Left to Right:

Ena Pelly Claudia Leather Trench Coat, $949, The Iconic
Cotton On Scout Cargo Pants, $59.99, The Iconic
LOEWE Leather-trimmed Intarsia-knit Scarf, $623.44, Net-a-Porter
Prada Logo-print Mary-jane Loafers, $1,610, Farfetch
Ganni White Organic Cotton Shirt, $235, SSENSE

To Dinner

It’s a cargo date night.

Who says cargos can’t be classy? Thanks to the enduring influence of the oversized silhouette in sophisticated designs, they can.

For an outfit worthy of wearing to a date at a fancy restaurant, start by investing in a good quality pair of cargo inspired pants.

This modern pair of Off-White Nox Cargo Trousers from The Attico will provide a chic base with a touch of masculinity to your date-night look.

Stay true to the utilitarian appeal of the pants by layering a nearly matching shirt dress over top.

Complete with a tie-up waist belt, several pockets and stitching details, this Eighties Denim dress from Lioness is perfect.

Add some elements of femininity into the look with sparkling jewels and colourful accessories.

This pair of Gold Studded Heart Earrings from Marni is a romantic addition to the monotone ensemble that is perfect for catching your date’s eyes.

Finish the look with a pop of bright colour with a bold green version of The Mini Camille Bag from Brie Leon and a pair of similar neon shaded Kalie Heels from Belini – chic and comfortable.

Clockwise Left to Right:

Billini Kalie, $89.95, The Iconic
The Attico Off-White Nox Cargo Trousers, was $1,680 now $622, SSENSE
Brie Leon The Mini Camille Bag, $159, The Iconic
Marni Gold Studded Heart Earrings, $610, SSENSE
Lioness Eighties Denim Dress – ICONIC EXCLUSIVE, $99, The Iconic