Thankfully, the heavily-pocketed pant has received a designer makeover, with Bottega Veneta recently debuting a pair with long and dramatic zips that give them a sophisticated twist, while Tom Ford added extra glam to his collection with a lustrous metallic pair available in beautiful jewel tones. Etro has created a sleek pair of high-waisted combats that come with oversized pockets and a straight-leg silhouette, and cargos have never looked cooler than Off-White’s belted cotton-blend twill tapered offering with billowing legs and tassels.
So, how do you style them, particularly if you wore them first time round? It’s all about balancing out the masculine, utility overtones, so stay clear of the literal military references – unless you’re channelling Private Benjamin this Halloween. Silhouette wise, high-waisted, wide or straight-legged fits tend to be the most flattering. Team with a crisp shirt and flats for the office, and add a merino jumper and some brogues to denim cargo pants for the perfect weekend look. Or dial your outfit up a notch (or 100) by pairing slinky, shiny black combats with a corset top and heels, and tonnes of jewellery, for a night out.
This time round, the cargo trouser is much sleeker: think a flattering high waist, rather than a baggy, low-slung pair worn with a teeny-tiny top, à la All Saints, Girls Aloud and TLC. Oh, and whatever you do, Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls.
L-R clockwise: LOOK 1 – Drawstring cargo pants, GANNI; Hannah shoulder bag, Wandler; Cotton shirt, Victoria Beckham; Chain necklace, Kenneth Jay Lane; New Wave Lily cat-eye frame sunglasses, Saint Laurent; Leopard-print pumps, Aquazzura.
LOOK 2 – Bettina wool sweater, By Malene Birger; Square Sunglasses, Celine; Vivienne Leather shoes, Flattered; Trouble Denim Cargo Trouser, Weekday; Thermic mug, Hide&Jack; Arrows-motif brass ring, Off-White.
LOOK 3 – Brass chains and pearls necklace, Tom Ford; Jennyfer nylon shoulder bag, Tom Ford; Laminated Nappa chain hip belt, Tom Ford; Lustrous Viscose Linen cargo pants, Tom Ford; 105 Padlock pumps, Tom Ford; Pleat-detail corset top, Pinko
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