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

These pocket-clad pants will be your new fave.

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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.

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1 A Bit Boho
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Pair a breezy boho blouse with a pair of lightweight cargo pants for an effortless weekend ensemble. A woven tote bag and crocheted flower sandals round-out the modern “hippie” vibe.

1.Zara Embroidered Blouse, $69.90; 2. Mateo New York Drop Earrings, $385; 3. Proenza Schouler White Label Pants, $207; 4. Dragon Diffusion Bag, $310; 5. Brother Vellies Sandals, $346.50

      2 Cold Shoulder
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      Offset a utilitarian pant with a one-shoulder blouse and a strappy heel. A crossbody bag with a quirky print will break up an otherwise neutral look.

      1.Marques Almeida Top, $201; 2. Soko Hoop Earrings, $78; 3. 3.1 Phillip Lim Pants, $158; 4. Kintu New York Bag, $600; 5. Porte & Paire Sandals, $280

      3 In The Garden
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      Whether you're hanging out in the yard or picnicking in the park, a sensible shoe and sun-shielding hat are great accessories when you don't want to don jewelry.

      1.Mango Top, $49.99; 2. Madewell Straw Hat, $48; 3. T By Alexander Wang Pants, $140.70; 4. Estee & Lilly Top Handle Clutch, $39.99; 5. Castañer Shoes, $114

      4 Beach Bound
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      Style your cargos right and you can even sport them at the beach. Layer on nautical jewelry and natural woven accessories for a brisk night on the boardwalk for seafood and drinks.

      1.Lem Lem Top, $325; 2. Anemone Bikini Top, $140; 3. Martine Rose, $330; 4. Éliou Necklace, $180; 5. Nannacay Bag, $135; 6. Gucci Sandals, $595

      5 A Day at The Museum
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      We love comfy cargo pants that still look put-together, like this light-washed denim pair. Offset the tomboyish straight-leg silhouette with a slightly cropped ruffle sleeve top, gold accessories, and a roomy woven tote.

      1.Bird & Knoll Top, $195; 2. Khiry Hoop Earrings, $340; 3. Citizens of Humanity Pants, $240; 4. Ray-Ban Aviator Glasses, $115; 5. Prada Brogues, $935; 6. Zara Woven Shopper, $59.90


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