Cargo pants have become popular since they were first adopted by Los Angeles street style in the 1980s. These pants are an excellent option for an edgy-casual look with their wide cargo pockets and loose fit. There are many options for wearing a pair of cargo pants.
There seems to be a lot of debate around how one should wear their cargo pants. Do these pants belong in the office or on the weekend? So we decided to ask a few people what they’ve been doing with their favorite pair of “work” pants. Here are some great ideas for things you can do with your cargo pant:
Table of Contents
- 1. Hoodie
- 2. Leather Jacket
- 3. Statement Blouse
- 4. Button-Down Shirt
- 5. Bomber Jacket
- 6. Graphic T-Shirt
- 7. Plain T-Shirt
- 8. Sweatshirt
- 9. Faux Fur Coat
- 10. Denim Jacket
- 11. Printed Top
- 12. Cropped Top
- 13. Cami Top
- 14. Tank Top
- 15. Cardigan
- 16. Cable Knit Sweater
- 17. Blazer
- 18. Turtleneck Sweater
- 19. Simple Top
- 20. Sneaker
- 21. Boots
- 22. Sandals
- 23. Heels
- 24. Flip-Flops
Depending on your personality and the weather, a hoodie can be worn in many ways. For instance, one person we interviewed wore her work shirt with a hoodie to an evening event, and it worked exceptionally well. It’s a classic look that you can move around in fashionably and easily;
2. Leather Jacket
If you’ve been looking for a new way to pair your hoodie, try throwing on a cool leather jacket as well. It gives you extra protection from the weather and complements the look in an unexpected way;
3. Statement Blouse
The cargos are ideal for a casual outfit, paired with a statement blouse and nice sneakers. However, if you want to be bolder, add some edgy jewelry and accessories to give your look a completely new vibe.
Another option for what to wear with cargo pants are button-down shirts. A white shirt is a must-have for everyone. Just like a white button-down shirt, it goes with everything you own. It’s comfortable and works well with both casual looks and dressier ones.
5. Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket is a perfect item for an edgy-casual look. It is one of the most popular items that celebrities have worn for several years because of its colossal versatility and high style. However, if you’re not sure how to pair it with a pair of cargo pants, here we have a fantastic and straightforward solution: go for matching color, like this one. This will create a fantastic combination that will always catch attention at first glance!
6. Graphic T-Shirt
This ‘graphic tee’ will add a unique touch to the outfit, with its colorful waves and graphics. Simple, but very trendy. If your style is more casual, it can make a fantastic look for a great day.
7. Plain T-Shirt
This is one of the most common outfits, and you see it everywhere. A plain t-shirt and classic cargo pants are timeless combinations that will go with everything in your wardrobe. Make sure to check out our sizing guide for our shop.
A sweater is another piece of clothing that you can wear with your favorite pair of cargo pants for those cooler days. If you want to look stylish, try pairing it with a dressier bootie or shoe;
9. Faux Fur Coat
The cotton blend cargo pants are one of the most comfortable pants we have ever worn. It’s like wearing a pair of sweatpants, but you don’t look like a slob in them. The best part about these pants is that they can be dressed up or down depending on what else you wear them with. Seen here is a faux fur coat that adds an extra bit of color to an outfit, although there is nothing wrong with wearing the coat by itself and letting the backside hang out over your rear end.
10. Denim Jacket
Denim jackets are probably the essential items that you should own. Why not wear a pair of jeans with a denim jacket on top? Add some dark brown boots to the mix because leather and denim can always get along so well together. You can also go for some additional accessories to make your look even better.
11. Printed Top
The printed t-shirt is perfect for summer, and the more interesting your shirt is, the more you can stand out. Pair this with classic cargo pants for a great daytime lookBoth pieces are functional and versatile. Pair this with a pair of wedges for a daytime outfit, or dress down your look with sandals.
12. Cropped Top
The crop top is another item that has become popular in recent years. It’s easy to go for a dress with it, which can be paired with dark colors and light ones. This is one of the best options for wearing cargo pants since it gives you the freedom to choose what style of clothes and accessories you want to wear.
13. Cami Top
This is a look that is always in style. A cami top is always a favorite with many people, and we women often like to feel that the top reaches our bra straps and stomach when wearing it. It also gets you some added coverage for those times when you don’t want to show too much skin.
14. Tank Top
This is one of the most fun looks we can think of. If you are looking for something easy to throw on, this would be an excellent go-to. We love the idea of wearing cargo pants with a tank top as you don’t have to wear any other kind of top! We also think this would be a great look for Spring and Summer because it is so simple! Accessorize with a necklace or watch that matches your outfit and some sunglasses, and you are ready to go.
This is a charming way to wear your cargo pants and show off your favorite band. First, you need to find a relaxed cardigan (you can get one at a thrift store for $5) which you can wear with a pair of jeans or even shorts. Then go on the hunt for your favorite band and find the pin that matches your shirt (we chose Green Day). This will be your outfit for going out or hanging out at home.
16. Cable Knit Sweater
It is one of the most popular combinations since the 90s. Wear a dark color sweater and pair it with any pants. Cargo pants are ideal for this look because they fit better with a wide variety of clothes, and it’s easier to style them in different ways every time you wear them.
We thought it was adorable when we saw a girl wearing a blazer with these pants and thought we would show that look to you. First, get your favorite blazer and wear it over a solid-colored tank top. Then wear your cargo pants, which should have a bit of a high waisted look to them already
18. Turtleneck Sweater
If you are a big girl like me, you already know how hard it is to find versatile clothes that look good. This outfit is great because it works with any pants, and you can dress it up or down. We have a long shirt in the photo, but a shorter one would look cute too. For a time of year when the weather isn’t too hot or cold, we chose khaki cargo pants, but jeans would look great too. Finally, we thought that this turtleneck sweater was perfect because it had some interesting details like the buttons and the pattern on the sleeves.
19. Simple Top
Starting in the style game, you can always start with an effortless top and some cargo pants. But, of course, the most relevant look for cargo pants is a casual one. You can wear any top with it, but we recommend that you always match it with other casual pieces and some accessories.
If you are looking for something more casual or even just a sportier look, then these new sneakers would be a great way to add a little spice to your everyday attire.
If you want to wear your cargo pants while you are out and about, our suggestion would be to wear them with some cool boots. This photo shows our favorite boot, a knee-high boot that we chose to go with this outfit, but you can also wear it calf-high.
Of course, it doesn’t matter if we wear them with sneakers or boots. The most popular combination is sandals with cargo since they will give you a great look even if you’re not wearing anything else. Try this look in the summer, when your choice of footwear can be more daring.
You put on some fabulous heels! Your shoes are such a vital detail to dress up your outfit, and it is as simple as doing what we have here. Above we used a black bootie and a brown boot with the outfit plus some simple earrings, and we were good to go.
Since cargo pants are designed to have lots of pockets, sometimes it’s hard to find the right match for them. However, everyone loves flip-flops, so that’s why we have them here as well. They can also be worn with a combination of other items and accessories for a relaxed look.