How Celebs Are Wearing Cargo and Camo Pants
If you're reading this, you're either the proud owner of at least one pair of cargos or officially cargo-curious. Either way, there’s no denying this trending utilitarian staple has been having a significant moment lately.
Nowhere has this been more apparent than amongst celebrities, who’ve embraced the cargo and camo look wholeheartedly. (Think about stars from Bella Hadid and Kim Kardashian to Kendall Jenner and Rihanna.)
Why Cargos are Trending
Love for camo pants, including cargos, is a natural outgrowth of fashion’s Y2K trend. Many celebs currently wearing them were just kids when the trend first took hold. They have, however, managed to avoid over-nostalgizing cargos by adding their 2022 spins, teaming them with cocoon coats, chunky sneakers, and corset tops.
Most cargo and camo pants spotted on the runways and IRL (in real life) are wide-leg, low-slung, and overly baggy. However, there's still a place for figure-hugging or straight-leg styles.
While looser fits are the norm, cargos also come in various cuts – so go with the style that makes you the happiest. The same goes for the variety of colors and materials, which means you can wear cargos in almost any setting, including the office and date nights.
How to Style Cargos and Camos
Most celebs abide by the cargos-and-sneakers-by-day, cargos-and-heels-by-night rule, similar to how they might style jeans. While it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, it’s still the easiest way to dress your cargos up or down.
Other ways to consider include opting for satin or leather pants or an embellished pair for dressier occasions. When the vibe is distinctly casual, focus on the silhouette: fitted tanks and tees to offset any looseness, then top off with something cropped.
We've highlighted some of the season's best cargo and camo styles if you’re looking for something new. Here’s what we recommend and how to wear them.
The Reissue Cargo Pant
Want to tap into the Y2K trend in the most authentic way possible? Score an iconic look from the late ‘90s with the newly re-released Reissue Cargo Pant. Available in traditional olive green, as well as a modern, creamy white, these cargos radiate effortless chic.
Mid-rise with a relaxed fit, the pants feature practical details like a fastener at the hips, and they come in a soft, micro-sanded baby twill fabric. Roomy, functional cargo pockets make these bottoms valuable and stylish.
A must-have look is to pair these pants with sneakers, lug-sole boots, or even strappy sandals. Top them off with a form-fitting turtleneck or slim-cut sweater, and you’re ready to go anywhere that the day takes you.
The Cali Cargo Pant
As soon as cargos reappeared, it was quickly noted that they had been dialed up a notch, boasting eye-catching and genuinely valuable details.
A perfect example is the Cali Cargo Pant. These mid-rise bottoms are made of lightweight micro twill, and they come in three can't-miss neutrals that are ideal for every day. They also feature pockets at the sides, front, and back, plus optional fasteners at the hems, allowing for an instantly cropped silhouette.
Finally, pair with loafers, sneakers, ballet flats, and a casual sweater for an effortless, laid-back California style.
The Rebel Pant
Need help deciding between cargo and camo styles? Luckily the Rebel Pant in Hiker Camo offers the best of both worlds. These pants are a true classic, featuring an ageless camo pattern in monochromatic shades of olive green. Not too baggy, but not meant to cling to curves, the Rebel offers a more feminine, elevated take on the Army-issue dungarees. This mid-rise style has an elasticized ankle band and comes with side cargo and flap pockets, hidden back snaps, and a double button and zip closure.
Keep it casual by teaming them with white kicks and a black tank. For added polish, add a silk button-up blouse and leather loafers.
Modern Wide Leg Cargo Pants
Are you looking to channel your inner street-style star while staying comfy? If so, get your hands on a pair of Modern Wide Leg Cargo Pants. This fluid, of-the-moment silhouette elongates the body and looks timelessly vogue in a true matte black.
An elasticized waist with button closure escalates the easy-feeling factor, and side cargo pockets add utility. These bottoms are not strictly casual, though. Fashioned from an ultra-soft rayon blend, they look sleek and contemporary for a well-put-together presence.
For parties and date nights, team them with heels, bold jewelry, and a crisp white button-up or cashmere sweater – and you’re as fashionable as any celebrity!