If there’s one trend winning over fashion girls everywhere this season, it’s unquestionably the utility trend. You may have noticed that your Insta feed has been flooded with patch pockets, shades of khaki, and boilersuits, and that’s all thanks to the abundance of utilitarian pieces that were all over the spring runways of designers like Fendi and Givenchy.
If you’re eager to hop on the bandwagon, may we suggest a cool pair of cargo pants as your first foray into the world of functional fashion? They may conjure up images of ’90s girl bands, and let’s not forget the queen of combat pants—Jennifer Aniston, but in our book, they’re a welcome alternative to our tired old jeans. Plus, with so many extra pockets, we can now rock that teeny tiny mini bag we can’t fit a thing in.
So how should we be wearing combat pants in 2019? Ahead, we’re sharing the coolest ways to style them this season. See and shop our favorite cargo pants of the season below.
Cargo Pants + Blazer + Tee
To add instant polish to your cargo pants, pair them with a plain black tee, a longline black blazer, and slip-on mules. Keep the accessories streamlined in the same color palette.
Cargo Pants + Graphic Tee + Heeled Mules
A graphic tee tucked into cargo pants exudes a cool, edgy aesthetic. A high-waisted silhouette will keep your outfit modern. Pull the look together with PVC sandals.
Cargo Pants + Lace-Up Ankle Boots
Try a fresh silhouette and opt for tapered cargo pants, which look unquestionably chic when paired with of-the-moment lace-up boots and a fun tee.
Cargo Pants + White Button-Down
Sometimes the simplest looks are the most striking. When paired with a crisp white button-down, cargo pants look professional and polished. Finish with pointed-toe pumps (preferably in a this season's animal print.)
Cargo Pants + Cargo Shirt
Why not go head-to-toe utility and match your pants to a utility jacket? Break up the look with a graphic tee and a cool belt bag. Pointed-toe heels will help elevate the look.
Cargo Pants + Crystal-Embellished Accessories
Cargo pants can work for an evening out too! Style a neutral pair with a statement jeweled cape and crystal-embellished accessories.