The Ultimate Guide to Cargo Pants: Baggy, Brown, and Beyond
Picture this, it's the late 90s and early 2000s, and you're admiring your favorite R&B artists donning these stylishly baggy multipocketed pants. Fast forward to 2023, and you notice that these pants have become a massive fashion trend, with everyone sporting them. I’m talking about cargo pants.
I’m literally having a loud internal scream as I write this! Cargo pants have been a fashion favorite forever, and seeing them make a comeback is truly a fashion moment. Cargo pants for women have become a popular choice in recent years. I can’t exactly remember the whole excitement about them as I was pretty young then.
When I think back, all I can recall is the overwhelming sense of power radiating from the women who donned these pants, and I couldn't wait to exude that same kind of confidence when I grew up. While I could talk endlessly about my love for cargo pants, let's keep our focus on the topic at hand before I get too carried away with excitement.
Cargo pants were originally worn by the military, as they are pretty functional with numerous pockets that they have. They were then popularized in the late 90s and early 2000s by the rise of both female and male RnB groups which then made them such a huge fashion appeal.
Back then, cargo pants were associated with female empowerment. This was because female artists who wore them were breaking stereotypes and asserting themselves in the male-dominated RnB industry.
However, by the end of the 2000s, the pants fizzled out only to have a resurgence. Now that they have made a comeback, here’s how to style them like a fashion pro.
The Pants First
Before we get down to styling the pants, we have to have the pants. Cargo pants have pretty much evolved creating so many types and styles. Some popular options include drawstring cargo pants, jogger cargo pants, and straight-leg cargo pants.
If you're like me, and the idea of cargo pants excites you, you might find yourself shopping for different types of pants without considering the style (guilty as charged). Here are a couple of tips that have helped me choose the right type of pants:
First, consider the part of your body you want to accentuate. If you have a tiny waist, drawstring or belted cargo pants for women are a great option, as the drawstring belt can draw attention toward your waist. Next, consider your body shape, and choose cargo pants that can help you achieve balance with your body. And last but not least, think about what you will pair your cargo pants with.
Crop tops, Bralettes, and All That Jazz
When it comes to pairing cargo pants, the first thing that pops into my mind is a crop top or a bralette. Perhaps it's the influence of the girl groups from the 90s who often rocked crop tops with pants. That was truly a grand era.
Here are a wide variety of crop tops, midriffs, and bralettes that would go so well with any type of cargo pants. Talk about finding all you need in one place!
Sneakers, Boots, or Heels?
Sneakers, Boots, or Heels?
The type of shoe you pair with your cargo pants for women can really change up the whole vibe.
Let me break it down for you. Opting for boots with your cargo pants might conjure images of getting ready for battle, but in reality, it can give you a rugged and edgy look that's perfect for casual outings.
If you feel that that's a bit too much, you can instead opt for a pair of heels or sneakers.
High heels can add an element of skin-baring sexiness to a cargo pants outfit. The added height also helps create visual balance to the whole outfit, resulting in a complete and cohesive look.
If you're aiming for a laid-back and effortless look, pairing cargo pants with sneakers is a trendy option that offers both comfort and style.
As for me, I like to switch it up with sneakers. Sometimes I prefer a simple and understated look, which is why I often go for a classic white pair of sneakers.
But sometimes, my fashion soul just wants to be adventurous and chooses to go with colorful sneakers that add a pop of color to the whole outfit.
Finish Your Look With Sunglasses and A Bag
Of course, no cargo pants outfit is complete without the perfect pair of sunglasses and a bag. Sunglasses are a fashion accessory of their own, so we need to be careful when choosing the right pair that complements our beloved cargo pants without stealing the show.
It's important to choose sunglasses that complement the cargo pants rather than overshadow them. A good choice is a pair of trendy sunglasses that strike a balance between blending in and standing out.
A smaller and more delicate bag is the best choice to complement your cargo pants outfit. Although it may not accommodate many things, it's the perfect finishing touch to any look.
Now that you have these tips, go forth and style your cargo pants and conquer the world! (laughs) That may have been a bit dramatic, but have fun styling your cargo pants!
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