When I wore cargo pants in middle school, I certainly didn’t look cool. Then, they cropped up on the runways the last couple of seasons, and I held my breath and thought, HERE WE GO AGAIN. Maybe Jenna Lyons could show me the way. I think I saw her styling cargo pants with a sequined blazer once, and remember thinking: I want that whole outfit.
The trick, it seems, is in transforming the utilitarian-looking pants with slim-fit t-shirts or tanks, button-downs, and fashion-forward frills (read: sequins and heels). If, like me, you’ve resisted the trend, we’ve tapped into the street-style set to deliver on all the outfit ideas. Ahead is a veritable buffet of looks to choose from, because cargos are back, but they don’t have to look anything like the outfits you put together in seventh grade. Unless, of course, you want them to (and in which case, you’re far cooler than I ever was).