There are few fashion trends that evoke as much suspicion as cargo pants for women. Ask someone—anyone—how they feel about them, and they’ll probably raise their brows, having been reminded of suburban dads on vacation or regrettable outfits from the late nineties. It’s easy to understand why people aren’t usually sold on them: They’re baggy, intentionally crumpled, and often come in that divisive low rise—but much like matching sweatsuits and “ugly” sandals, cargo pants are part of the new frontier of WFH fashion, with the coronavirus bringing a whole new lens to the comfortable “dad wardrobe”. (That, and the fact that our collective angst is making the Avril Lavigne leap out in all of us.)
This season’s cargo pants aren’t sacrificing function for form, and fall’s most popular styles are backed by celebs and street style stars alike. From Bella Hadid‘s informal Canadian Tuxedo to Camila Coelho‘s color-blocked pant, Jennifer Aniston‘s classic khaki, and Hailey Baldwin‘s paratrooper-inspired ensemble (we get it—you have to be ready for anything in 2020), there’s a cargo pant style for everyone.
Though Hadid, Coelho, and Baldwin all wore their cargo pants with crop tops, many a runway has presented alternative ways to style the trend. You could go the route of comfort and pair them with an equally baggy oversize sweater, or make like Rihanna and reach for a sultry blouse you haven’t worn since IRL dates were a thing. Slouchy bottoms are the perfect antidote to fitted tops, so offsetting a structured blouse with cargo pants may finally tempt you out of your comfiest black leggings.
If the thought of revisiting cargo pants has crossed your mind recently, now’s the time to indulge. The baggy staple is officially back, and ideal for when your most exciting outings of the moment include corner store runs and dog walks. Plus, who couldn’t use some extra pockets for mask storage and ballot cheatsheets this fall? Check out 31 of the best cargo pants for women, ahead.
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