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"Not just a trend, a tidal wave!" announced ELLE on its February 1 front cover. Cargo pants with patch pockets on the front or sides of the legs are big news.
They threaten to start a major fashion face-off: fans see them as the biggest thing in pants since bell-bottoms, while detractors are tired of the nineties and ‘ugly’ vibe they encompass.
With their military feel, slightly retro street culture influence and multiple color options ranging from neutral to bright and bold to camouflage, they work brilliantly day or night, stealing a march on their rivals. Style aficionados are even saying cargo pants are the new jeans!
"On the spring/summer 2019 runways, there was a sea of cargo pants. In khaki, tie-dye, denim and romantic pink, they cinch in the waist, gather at the ankle and give legs the freedom to breathe. Comfort and elegance are this season’s watchwords.” Ilaria Casati, ELLE journalist
Adopt this army attire for yourself and you’ll be catapulted to the rank of style captain. Spotted at Céline, Givenchy, Dior and even Isabel Marant, they have also captured the attention of influencers like Caroline Daur and Hailey Baldwin, who team their beige cargos with a suit jacket and scarf mules or black pumps. Kaia Gerber likes hers in raw denim with a cropped white blouse and immaculate pumps. While Alessandra Ambrosio dares to wear camouflage with a white T-shirt and black biker jacket .
As for the style of your cargos, you can’t go wrong with an elasticated waistband or nautical rope belt, a wide, roomy cropped leg and satin hooks or zippers with visible stitching. Balance out your silhouette by pairing your loose-fit, rolled-hem pants with a crop top and heeled sandals. You could also opt for ballet flats with ankle laces for a feline feel. So, girls—ready to move some cargo?
(c) Photos credits:
Photo 1: Alberta Ferretti Pre-Spring Cargo - EDITED
Photo 2: Hailey Baldwin Cargo Pant strend - Who What Wear