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This Week in Fashion: Cargo Pants

This week in fashion, in the spotlight, is a popular fashion trend for fall 2022. It is a fashion staple from the ’90s and early ‘2000s. Trending this season is the Y2K fashion staple, the “Cargo” pants. This style is seen everywhere, such as on the fashion runways, the street, fashion mavens such as Kim Kardashian, and famous models such as Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber, to name a few.

The cargo pant comes in many different styles. You can wear them with a relaxed, laid-back look with sneakers, edgy with a pair of combat boots, or dressed up with heels. The signature looks with cargoes can be urban, sexy, or edgy. It is an item that can be worn year around. “But in 2022, cargo pants for women feel much more like a modern wardrobe staple that can be worn running errands or for taking a cool-relaxed approach to dressier occasions (2022).”

I have added below what cargo style is trending and seen on the streets, runway, in movies, and in magazines.


Dries Van Noten cotton-canvas wide-leg cargo pants

With an elasticated waist and a tie fastening, you’ll be able to adjust Dries Van Noten’s cotton-soft, runway-worthy cargo pants to get the perfect fit.




Bottega Veneta triangular-buckle high-rise cotton cargo trousers

You can get away with wearing this pair—dare I say it—to the office. Bottega Veneta put a sophisticated twist on the utilitarian pants with a tailored design that mimics pleated tailored trousers.




Off-White belted cotton-blend twill tapered cargo pants

Khakis have never looked cooler, thanks to the billowing wide-leg silhouette and tassels that trim the hem of this expertly crafted Off-White pair.




Collina Strada Garden cargo pants

Count on Collina Strada to think beyond olive and khaki and dream up a majestical soft blue pair of cargo pants made right here in the United States.




Etro high-waisted cotton cargo pants

Etro is known for creating beautiful bohemian-inspired prints, but those playful motifs need a few neutrals to create balance. That’s where this sleek pair of cargo pants comes in with oversized pockets and a straight-leg silhouette.




Ganni contrast cargo pants

Channel the cool-girl ease of Copenhagen’s fashion set with Ganni’s whipstitched cargos. Zoom in, and you’ll notice a frilly peplum detail along the waist and drawstring cuffs at the hem.




The Attico Lunghi wide-leg cargo pants

Cult-favorite brand The Attico dominates the cargo pant game with its quick-to-sell-out styles. Move fast, and you’ll get a chance to own the coveted Lunghi design, which features a lengthy, high-waist design that puddles to the floor.




Zara satin effect cargo pants

Here’s your chance to test out a silky, dressier version of cargo pants. Who says the cargo pant can’t be worn on nights out?




Simone Rocha cropped belted cargo pants

Slowly transition from shorts to pants, with Simone Rocha’s perfect in-between length cropped cargos made from 100% cotton.




Madewell petite Griff tapered Fatigue cargo pants

If you’re still easing your way into the baggy trend, start here with Madewell’s cargo that offers a relaxed fit around the hips and tapers at the ankles.




Reese Cooper Two Steps Forward cargo pants

Love the borrowed-from-the-boys-look? Turn to Reese Cooper, who originally started out in menswear. The label’s classic olive cargos receive a modern makeover with a green etched print.




Staud Easton cargo jeans

Hit refresh on your favorite jeans with a pocket-covered design from Los Angeles-based brand Staud.




Burberry Amelia detachable strap cargo jeans

Ricardo Tisci continues to bring a fresh, invigorating perspective to Burberry. This time, with denim cargos anchored with removable straps.




Dickies stretch duck double front carpenter pant

Dive head first into the utility pants moment with tried-and-true carpenter pants from Dickies. You might have noticed Bella Hadid and other models wearing the functional label.




Celine cotton cargo pants

Invest in a timeless camouflage pair expertly crafted in Paris by Celine.



Lastly, there are several types and styles to choose from to complete your retro Y2k look. Remember that cargoes can be worn with a t-shirt, sweatshirt, leather jacket, or a midriff top when wearing this style. Again, you can dress up or down with this style. There are no rules to follow when wearing cargo pants. It is a fashion staple you can make your own.

Bennett, Alexis. “Cargo Pants Are Slowly Becoming 2022's Breakout Star.” Vogue. Vogue, August 25, 2022.

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