Love & hate – Cargo pants will be hot in Fall 2022

September 6, 2022

Some people love cargo pants, some hate them, and of course, there’s always the “well, whatever” group. But there’s no denying that cargo pants will be a hot item for Fall 2022. The trousers with pouchy pockets and roomy silhouette were seen in abundance on the streets of Copenhagen at the last CPHFW SS23. Also, the military-inspired pant appeared on the AW22 catwalks of Isabel Marant, Saks Potts, and Alice+Olivia, among other fashion designers.

Images courtesy @Isabel Marant, @sakspotts and @aliceolivia

Utility trousers have become a favourite uniform among fashion folk and appear in different materials, from military parachutes to denim cargo jeans.

What is fashion’s fascination with excessive pockets and utilitarian style

According to trend forecasters, fashion is experiencing a “trousers moment”, which means that the bottom is getting more attention, innovation and changes than the top. In short, this Fall 2022, the trousers will be the element that will bring newness to your wardrobe.
Cargo pants are an evolution of a trend called GORPCORE. Writer Jason Chen coined this term in a 2017 article for The Cut magazine, which means “Good ol’ raisins and peanuts”, an expression used to describe trail mix. And so, Gorpcore is about functional clothing worn outdoors, like trousers with multiple pockets and hiking boots.
We still want comfortable clothes as we wore in the pandemic years, but now we want clothes that can be both relaxed and chic. And cargo pants can definitely be both.

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Cargo pants slim cut

As we want to dress well again, choose cargo pants that look like chic trousers with wide legs. And in this case, the utility pockets are nothing more than a touch of design innovation.

Cargo with easy top

Since track trousers are the item that screams loudest in the outfit, choose a tight, simple top to match. But you don’t need to be too discreet with your accessories. Instead, do as the fashion crowd from Copenhagen does and dare with a chain belt, a designer bag and high heels.

Cargo pants for all ages and body types

Age is no barrier to fashion. If the outfit looks good on you, wear it. In the case of cargo trousers, they look good on everyone. They are roomy on the legs and perfect for layering. Grece Ghanem wore two Cargo styles at the last CPHFW, one in thick cotton, like a work uniform, and one in leather. Both are worn with boots and, on top, chic, feminine style.

With ballerinas, heels or sneakers

As seen in the streets of Copenhagen, cargo trousers are worn with ballerinas (they are coming back), heels, sneakers and, of course, boots. Apart from the combat boots that make the cargo style, if you want to achieve a chic autumn style, the boots should be pointed and stiletto-heeled.

Oversized Cargos

As you have seen so far, cargo trousers come in different materials and cuts for all tastes and styles. However, the fashion crowd has chosen the oversized model as their favourite. So combine yours with a bomber jacket, XL like Emili Sindlev or cropped like Pernille Teisbaek.

Images @CPHFW