Cargo Pants Outfits to Inspire You When You're Tired of Jeans

These pocket-clad pants will be your new fave.

Closeup of the lower half of a woman wearing cargo pants walking while holding a purse.
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You've likely sported a pair of cargo pants before. You've also likely tried to forget those years, which were filled with cringe-worthy fashion choices. The baggy cargo pants silhouettes of the aughts were undoubtedly comfy, but were they flattering? Not so much. Historically worn as military fatigues and later, as one of dad's bad sartorial choices, cargos are now straying from their strictly functional roots. The cargo pants of the runways are made to flatter the female form: Designed with higher waists, slimmer side pockets, and tapered hems, these fashion-forward options are made for pairing with your delicate ruffle tops and playful summer heels. Officially It-girl approved, the pants that were once synonymous with bad fashion have been given their second chance. Ahead, you'll find five new, no regrets, cargo pants options to shop right now.

Sara Holzman
Sara Holzman

Sara Holzman is the Fashion Editor at Marie Claire covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to.