How to style cargo pants - Women's cargo pant outfit ideas
Mar 24, 2023
Millennials have been fearful of the day that skinny jeans no longer reign supreme when it comes to pants for women. And there’s a reason they’ve managed to hold that title for so long; versatility (plus, they look good on everyone!).
But over the last couple of years or so, cargo pants have marched onto the scene. These military-esque trousers might have taken inspiration from the battlefield, but they’re anything but utilitarian.
With the option to be ultra-feminine or err on the masculine side, cargo pants can be worn in any situation - and we mean any. Their versatility knows no bounds, which is ideal if you’re thinking of replacing all your worn-out skinny jeans. Let’s take a look at how to style cargo pants and provide you with some outfit ideas.
How to style skinny cargo pants
Not all cargo pants are created equal - especially skinny cargo pants. You’re probably used to seeing bulky, wide-fit cargo pants, that can often feel like they’re swallowing you up and taking away from the feminine feel you might be trying to recreate.
Enter: skinny cargo pants. We’re still moving away from skin-tight jeans, but these style of cargo pants allow you to maintain a slim silhouette, whilst still embracing the cargo pant trend. They can also be worn with heels for an ultra-glamorous look. Our buckle detail panelled cargo pants even allow you to cinch in at the ankle for a feminine look.
Wear with a cropped t-shirt for a more casual look, or team with our knotted rib crop top for nights out.
How to style wide-leg cargo pants
The heart wants what it wants - and sometimes that’s a wide leg for comfort. But don’t think you have to sacrifice on style; our oversized wide-leg cotton cargos in tan featured oversized pockets and dual-tone beige, ideal for teaming with your favourite Yeezys.
Add a tight crop top to feminise the look, or keep it casual with an oversized hoody. This is the ultimate in street style and a perfect representation of how military clothing has become mainstream (and highly desired).
These are an ideal piece for your capsule wardrobe, as their neutral shade will literally go with anything and they’re a timeless style. Plus, you finally have functional pockets!
How to style ruched detail cargo pants
Although a prominent feature of military-style cargo pants is their large pockets, this isn’t the only feature you have to rely on. Ruched detail cargo pants, like our toggle pair in beige are perfect for dressing up or down. Team with heels for a night out or hot date, but they also work just as well with your favourite Air Jordans or Yeezys. Whether you go oversized or cropped with your top, the ruched cargo can really do it all.
What footwear should I wear with cargo pants?
Okay, we’ll admit it - your skinny jeans can easily work with any pair of shoes, from knee-high boots, over-the-knee boots, Converse, sandals, and heels. And although your cargo pants might not be able to work with quite as many options, the choices you do have are extremely stylish.
Chunky trainers should be your go-to when it comes to cargo pants. Whatever the width of the leg you choose, they complement the style perfectly. The leg of your cargos will sit just on top of your trainers, allowing their style to shine through and elongate your leg.
But as we’ve seen on the likes of Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid, if you’re a heel kinda gal, cargo pants are now your new best friend. Whether you choose to wear them as they are, or ruche at the ankle to highlight your heels more, cargo pants and heels allow you to embrace your feminine side, but with an added edge.
Discover our full range of cargo pants here.