Cargo pants: How the street style set wears them today
Here's a bit of fashion history. Cargo pants were first worn by the British Armed Forces in 1938, and later, by hikers and fishermen—merely for their functionality. In the '90s, the utilitarian trousers became cool, thanks to style stars like Gwen Stefani, who made these pants her signature style for a time. With the '90s making a comeback, cargo pants are trending again, as seen on the streets and on the It girls of today (think Hailey Baldwin, Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner).
Not the grungy, low-slung trousers of the hip-hop era, today's cargo pants are worn mid or high on the waist, and sometimes paired with a crisp shirt and strappy stilettos for a sharper look. It's all about balance: go for slinky, fitting tops with these slouchy bottoms. Flaunt those abs with a bra top; though a t-shirt, a bodysuit, or a turtleneck would work just as well. Click through the gallery above for visual inspo.