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Cargo Pants Are The Pants Of 2023

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Conn chapter.

We’ve seen mom jeans, Aerie Flare pants, and the return of leather pants, but 2023 is going to be all about cargo pants. As we’ve seen the shift into baggy pants and streetwear, cargo pants inevitably were going to have their moment in the spotlight. I know we all want to have the best options for our closet, so here’s why you should invest in a pair of cargo pants and some options and ways to get your hands on the perfect cargo pant for you!

Why you need a pair of cargo pants

Cargo pants should be a staple piece in everyone’s closet, not just because of how cute they look, but because they are incredibly comfortable and convenient. Cargo pants let you breathe, and they don’t irritate your skin or body. Everyone’s body is different, and cargo pants are an option that will be cute and comfy for a variety of different body types. When it comes down to the wire and I’m looking for a pair of pants to wear with a cute top, but I don’t want a tight, uncomfortable pair of pants or a tough material like denim or leather, a loose light pair of cargo pants is always my go-to.

You can also find cargos in a heavier material, like the classic Dickies pants, which are known for their handy pockets, which is yet again another reason you should buy them. Women’s wear has neglected the pocket for what seems like an eternity, but cargos have PLENTY. When you’re going out and don’t want to have to carry a bag around, your cargo pants will allow you to ditch the purse and use your many pockets to hold your phone, wallet, and any other odds and ends you want to bring with you. So, it’s safe to say these pants double as a pocketbook.

cargo takeover

If you haven’t noticed, cargo pants have even made their appearance on some of the most popular celebs and influencers recently. The Kardashians and Hailey Bieber, for example, have all proved to be strong proponents of cargo pants. Scroll through the pictures below!

Kim sported a pair of black cargos at a Rams football game, where she celebrated her son Saint’s birthday.
Hailey wore a pair of exaggerated baggy cargo pants in an ad with Vogue Eyewear.
Kourtney Kardashian rocking a pair of cargos back in September.

Best places to get cargo pants

With cargo pants trending, there are so many places you can find the perfect pair for you. Here are some options so that you can find a pair that fits your criteria:


A great way to find an affordable pair of cargo pants is to go thrifting! If you’re familiar with thrifting, you should be able to find a pair that matches your liking in no time. Thrifting is a sustainable way to develop your closet, and definitely something to look into if you want to find some original pieces.

Urban outfitters

The Urban Outfitters BDG Y2K Low-Rise Cargo Pants are absolutely adorable, although they are a little pricier. These staple pants have a 4.5-star review, and 94% of the people would recommend them, so they’re clearly a great investment.

American EAgle

American Eagle has so many cargo pants options, but I narrowed it down to my favorite pair, which is the AE Dreamy Drape Stretch Super High-Waisted Baggy Wide-Leg Pant. This pair of cargo-style pants is flower and looser, which makes them perfect for a comfortable look.

These are all great options, and when all else fails, try a pair off Amazon. Regardless of the store or style of cargo pants, they are definitely going to be a must-have in 2023.

Kelti is a Junior at the University of Connecticut studying Journalism and Communications. Her love for fashion has inspired her writing.