We know what you’re thinking: “Cargo pants? No!” While it’s true that they’ve had a pretty bad reputation for quite some time — remember those slouchy ones that were worn so low that people’s bottoms were basically exposed? — the growing popularity for utilitarian styles, ’90s streetwear, relaxed fits, and a declining interest in denim are causing designers to bring loose, comfortable cargo pants back to the fashion arena.

Before you panic, rest assured that the 2018 versions have been given modern, less-bulky updates: Our favourite is the tapered version as it’s much easier to handle, but we also adore the wide-legged design for its laid-back elegance. An added bonus? You now have massive pockets guaranteed to fit your smartphones. Scroll down to see three of the many ways you can style your cargo pants this season.

Urban luxe

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For an urban approach, opt for a pair of cargo pants in classic camouflage print and throw in a few sportswear-inspired items. Elevate the whole look with metallic accents for a fashion-forward spin.

Get the look: Gucci metallic printed cotton-jersey t-shirt / Re/Done camouflage-print cotton-canvas tapered pants / Dior DiorClub1 tinted visor / Giuseppe Zanotti Notte metallic leather sock boots

9–5 sophistication

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Want a more sophisticated ensemble for your 9 to 5 commitments? Simply go for a tonal or monochrome look, such as a belted top and trousers. Make sure to choose something that’s with a clean and sleek silhouette for a more professional appeal.

Get the look: Rosetta Getty oversized belted cutout crepe gilet / A.P.C. Avril gabardine cargo trousers / Jimmy Choo Bailey 100 canvas and leather sandals / Yuzefi Pablo color-block textured-leather tote

Modern elegance

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For a look that evokes an understated modern elegance, choose a pair of wide-legged cargo trousers and match it with an evening top that’s made from a lush fabric (such as velvet or satin), then finish up with pointed pumps.

Get the look: Stella McCartney velvet tank / Nili Lotan Harrow wide-leg stretch-cotton cargo trousers / Jimmy Choo Romy 100 mirrored-leather pumps / Rejina Pyo Cary houndstooth wool-blend coat

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.