On Trend: Cargo Pants

Yup, you’re reading that right, cargo pants. While I don’t think they ever really left the men’s or boy’s fashion realm, cargo pants have sort of disappeared from women’s fashion since the 90s/early 20s (think No Doubt-era Gwen Stefani, Aaliyah, Jennifer Aniston). Considering they’re one of the first things that comes to mind when you think military-inspired fashion (after camouflage print of course) I can’t say I’m really surprised that they were all over the runways this season as part of the whole “Utility” trend that’s absolutely HUGE right now.

Treat your cargo pants like you would a pair of jeans and pair them with sneakers, combat boots (flat or with a heel), strappy heeled sandals, pumps, ankle boots…that’s right, I said heels. This time around, cargos are a little more glam than punk. While it’s still totally on-trend to wear them with sneakers and casual tops, the uber fashionable are wearing their cargo pants with heels (much like the athleisure jogger/heels trend that’s been big for a while now).

In terms of tops, it’s really anything-goes. Pair your cargos with everything from cropped tops (fitted or baggy), to sweaters (fitted and tucked in or baggy and worn loose), to t-shirts, to button-up shirts to frilly blouses…honestly, anything goes. In general though – if you go baggy on the bottom, go fitted on top and vice versa.

Whether you opt for beige, green or go full-on in camo, fitted or baggy, opt for cargo pants this Spring!

Here are some of my favourites, all available at Coquitlam Centre.


High Rise Straight Leg Pant

These high-rise relaxed fit cargo pants hit above the ankle. Because of their more relaxed feel, I would pair them with a simple t-shirt or sweater and sneakers.

Available at Bluenotes $39.99*

Military Joggers

Pair these relaxed fit, elastic hem cargo pants with everything from sneakers to strappy sandals.

Available at Garage $54.95*

Ultra High-Rise Skinny Cargo Pants

Featuring an ultra high-rise waist, skinny leg and tons of pockets, these pants are sure to be your Spring favourite. Pair with sneakers, strappy sandals or combat boots.

Available at Garage $54.95*

G-Star Rovic Zip 3D Straight Tapered Pants

These city-inspired modern cargo pants feature a tapered fit and lots of pockets for all his carrying needs.

Available at Below the Belt $160*

Boys Cargo Pants

With their subtle camo print, oodles of pockets and tapered legs, these modern cargo pants are both stylish and functional - perfect for any little guy on the go.

Available at H&M $24.99*

Are you a fan of cargo pants?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.