To paraphrase Shakespeare with extreme liberty: something is very weird in the state of men’s pants. Up is down. Right is left. And cargo pants are suddenly looking…good? Like, really good. Like, really, really good. It’s been a wild and wacky year by almost any metric, but the revolution threatening to upend everything you thought you knew about pants might represent one of this year’s wildest and wackiest moments yet. (Fingers crossed.)
At least this wild and wacky moment’s a welcome one. I wasn’t ready for half the shit that got thrown our way these last 12 months, but news of the cargo’s comeback is the sort of update I wouldn’t feel physically sick seeing pop up unexpectedly on my phone. If you’re a loyal reader of this very site (thanks, man!) you might already be aware that we’ve been touting the benefits of various types of cargo bottoms for a minute now. And regardless of whether you think this whole brouhaha is the result of an elaborate prank put on by a cabal of all your favorite designers or you’ve been on board with the movement from the get-go, there are still a few important notes to bear in mind. Because if I’m going to be out here actively championing what was once the biggest wearable punchline around, you need to know some things before you go and fuck it all up for the rest of us.
The return of the cargo doesn’t grant you unilateral permission to pull out any old pair of pants from the darkest recesses of your closet. As always, fit is paramount. The cargo pants spotlighted here are all cut with surgical precision. So though the silhouettes vary, each version below is meant to sit on your body in different ways—and no two pairs are exactly alike, regardless of which style you favor. From big and baggy (but not too big and baggy) to slim and trim (but not too slim and trim), rest assured: Your boy’s got you covered.
If you’re still not entirely sold on cargo pants as a—very stylish!—proposition, give it a little time. Because the real trick to pulling off this particular swerve, as with so many others, is confidence. And that one’s on you, guy. There’s only so much I can do. Even with The Bard’s help.
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Tailored Utility Pant
When it comes to sleek, sturdy cargos, Flint and Tinder’s value proposition was already a tough one to beat. Now at more than half off, the brand’s garment-dyed utility pants are practically begging you to buy ’em in multiples.
Cropped Cargo Pants
Budget friendly cargos cut with a serious dash of designer flair.
Cutoff Cargo Pants
Because at the end of the day, if you can’t trust Dickies to make a pair of durable pants that’ll see you through thick and thin, who can you turn to?
Cargo pants that refuse to compromise on the cool factor.
City Cargo Pants
Chino-inspired cargos specifically made for—you guessed it—city life.
1969 Premium Cargo Pants
Nothing to see here folks, just a pair of perfectly-faded cargos with drawcord cuffs that let you adjust the leg opening to your heart’s content.
Solid Taped Seam Cargo Pants
Big and baggy, but—again—not too big and baggy.
Aviation Cotton-Ripstop Cargo Trousers
As sturdy as the brand’s signature chore coat (and as stylish, too).
Gramicci makes hardcore hiking gear favored by gorp-inclined outdoorsmen and above-average stylish dudes alike.
Woven Cargo Pants
The cargo pants so good they singlehandedly convinced us to go all-in on cargo pants again.
Piping Detail Cargo Trousers
A far-from-standard pair elevated by the designer’s signature mosaic-print piping.
Is it really any surprise that the reigning master of classic Americana makes a killer pair of cargos? You come at the king, you best not miss.
Italian Wool Camp Cargo Pants
What you might’ve once called “dress trousers” (and would now simply call hard pants), done up in some of the sturdiest Italian wool money can buy—and with added pockets, to boot.
Paneled Nylon Cargo Pants
Cut with the same attention to detail that made his sweatpants a staple in the wardrobes of stylish dudes the world over.
Two pockets too many? Samuel Ross sees you.
Cargo Pocket Trousers
Perfectly cut trousers crafted from a hard-wearing ripstop cotton.
Printed Cotton-Ripstop Cargo Trousers
Never one to skimp on the details, Neighborhood’s take boasts a digitized camo pattern overlaid with a metric fuckton of zippers.
Herringbone Cotton Cargo Trousers
A lot of brands (some of them on this very list) take inspiration from classic, military-inspired design cues—and do it well, at that. But Reese Cooper happens to do it better than almost any of ’em.
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Source : Esquire