These aren’t your little brother’s, hacky-sacking, skateboard grinding, on the verge of almost “McHammer-ing” cargo pants. 2012 will be the year of the slimmed-down, non-ballooning pockets cargo pants that men can wear. Before trying them on myself, I was a bit skeptical of the style and fit. Thinking back to my teen years in 90’s, most of my cargo pants had pockets that were so large, I could stash my entire lunch so that I could snack during class. With brands like Gant by Michael Bastian, Uniqlo and Onassis Clothing taking a well polished stab at modernizing the cargo pant for their recent collections, I decided to style a couple of slim-fit cargo pant looks with the help of Onassis Clothing.
Keeping it casual
Boots by Asos
Jacquard Pattern Socks by Zara (On Sale Now for $4.99)
Slim fit cargo pants walk a line of extremely casual to somewhat business casual. Going with the army green color, you will have the option of making your outfit a bit more rugged. A denim jacket, leather boots and even a cardigan can be paired with these cargo pants to keep the look relaxed. If you want this look to be a bit more relaxed, nix the cardigan and chambray shirt for a henley or V-neck t-shirt.
- Don’t over think your outfit
- Use the cargo pockets, but don’t go overboard with the amount of “contraband” you stash in there.
- Mix dressy and casual pieces with these cargo pants.
Dress it up
Throw on a well-tailored blazer, knit tie and some loafers to dress up your slim fit cargo pants. Instead of going with a silk blend blazer, opt for a cotton or wool blend because the textures complement chinos perfectly. If you have spent anytime trolling the internet in search Italian menswear, you may have come across the brand Brunello Cucinelli. Cucinelli is the king of mixing cargo pants, tailored blazers and dress shirts. This particular look isn’t for everyone; however, there is no time like the present to mix your style up a bit. Give the look a try. In the end, you will have a few more options in ways to style your cargo pants.
Don’t try this at home. Knit Tie by Club Room
Sabir M. Peele
Photo Credit: Marina T. Peele
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM