The current state of men’s cargo pants is a testament to the versatility of the army-surplus staple, with its compartmentalized pocket styling positioning it as a technically upgraded version of the standard chino trouser. This season, the cargo pant reasserts its status as a surprisingly easy style choice, granted by recent experimentations with slimmed-down fits and upgraded textiles. Tapered, sarouel-style silhouettes marry military fatigues to slouchy hippie-wear, while baggier fits hark back to the divisive ‘phat’ pants of early-2000’s goth and rave culture. In spite of its wide scope of cultural touchpoints, the practical function at the core of the cargo pant prevails across all of its modern incarnations, with roomy flap pockets highlighting the aesthetic appeal of organizational possibility. The camouflage patterns and earthy colorways that permeate this season’s selection pay homage to the cargo pant’s martial origins, though drawstring-adjustable waistbands and cuffs offer a degree of comfort and customization adapted to civilian life. Boundless styling possibilities have made the cargo pant an unassuming mainstay of men’s fashion, consistently satisfying the time-enduring need for fundamentally utilitarian design.
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