Because Cargo Pants Have A Bad Rep
(pairing them with a blazer & all hell might break loose)
Menswear is oddly governed by a set of rules that have guided the way men have dressed for centuries. Belts must match your shoes, brown in town, no sneakers with suits and the lists go on and on. If you’ve picked up any men’s style magazine or read blogs like this, you know that rules are here to be tweaked, broken and somewhat disregarded. And, that’s where the cargo pants & double-breasted blazer outfit enters the picture.
Photography by Saeed Ferguson of All Caps Studio
Custom Double-breasted Navy Chalked Striped Suit Jacket – Oliver Wicks | Grey Sweatshirt – Uniqlo | Cargo Pants – Cult of Individuality | Brown Tipped Pocket Square — ModaMatters | Hiking Boots – Johnston Murphy | Bee Lapel Pin – The Tie Bar | Watch – Timex | Kimball Frames Eyewear – Warby Parker | Petrvs Bee Pinky Ring – David Yurman
Now, to be completely honest — this look is not new. Brunello Cucinelli and his team in Italy have rocked double-breasted blazers & cargo pants for years. However; most American men wouldn’t touch this combo because, in theory, it doesn’t make sense. But, there are a few reasons why this look works so well.
How To Make The Cargo Pants & Double-Breasted Patterned Blazer Look Work in Real Life
- The flannel db blazer & paint splattered cargo pants both add texture to the look
- Both of the main pieces are on the opposite spectrum of style
- As opposed to the Cuccinelli-way of wearing this look, the pants are looser and much more casual
- Adding a brown, lug-soled hiking boot is a direct complement to the trouser. And, since the uppers of these boots are sleek & whole-cut they match the refined blazer as well
- Keep this look inherently casual. Leave the button-up shirt and tie at home and opt for your favorite grey & navy sweatshirt
- Lastly, don’t give a sh*t. Looking stylish can be tough, so enjoy what you’re doing and experiment with things you like
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