Once an outdoorsy wardrobe staple, this rugged utility style has
been updated with a slim fit that’s just as at home in the city
Defined by its signature flapped pockets and loose, relaxed fit, the cargo pant was originally designed to be a functional component of soldiers’ uniforms. That combination of comfort and utility made its transition into the casual moments of outdoorsy civilian life an easy one. But wearing the style on more refined occasions? Not so much. This season’s version, however, is cut slim, giving it a streamlined silhouette that’s modern enough for anyone to incorporate into his everyday wardrobe.
If you’re the oxford-and-chino type, sub in a cargo in a khaki shade as a way to rough up your clean-cut look. For an edgier alternative, try a cargo pant with moto-inspired details in a super-dark wash; when you pair the pant with a fitted black sweater or T-shirt, you’ll instantly achieve a look that’s suitable for city nights. No matter your personal style, keep the rest of your outfit sleek to visually balance out the bulk of the extra pant pockets.