Why Cargo Pants Are My Favorite 2020 Trend

Why Cargo Pants Are My Favorite 2020 Trend

The first thought that comes to mind when I think about cargo pants is the throwback Disney Channel show Kim Possible. The main character is a crime fighter who’s signature look is a pair of baggy army green cargo pants matched with a fitted black crop top. Those pants were before its time and have become a trend for 2020. 

Kim Possible (Bustle)

Cargo pants are worn by both men and women, and are famous for their roomy fit and large pocket space. They were first worn by the U.S. Military during World War II, and were used to hold items such as weapons, maps, etc. The pants are also closely related to tactical pants, and are often sported by EMT’s, FBI, and SWAT Teams. 

(Photo: U.S. Army Military History Institute)

Overtime, cargo pants have recently dominated women’s fashion adding a bold touch to the most sophisticated or casual looks. The comfortable baggy fit gives off a powerful and almost masculine undertone to any ensemble. These pants were most popular in the early 2000s, reminiscent of when Avril Lavigne sported them with a tank top and tie at the 2002 VMA’s. Who also can’t forget that moment in 2006 when Ciara matched her cargo pants with a crop top during her halftime performance at the 72nd annual Fedex Orange Bowl Game. 

Avril Lavigne (Pinterest)

Ciara (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

At that time cargo pants were associated with more casual, sporty, laid back looks usually complimented with tank tops and t-shirts. Today, since its peak during fall 2019, cargo pants are worn in many different ways that extend outside of laidback looks. In street fashion, the pants have recently been spotted paired with high heels and boots making the attire appear more polished and edgy. Crop tops and blouses have also been complimented with the baggy pants adding a chic highlight to the apparel.

Olivia Culpo (The Mega Agency)

Bella Hadid (Getty Images)

Cargo pants have been a trend for the spring, summer, and now fall of 2020. They have even made appearances on the runway for New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2021 proving they are here to stay. 

Reese Cooper NYFW SS21 (Pinterest)


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