Exaggerated Cargos Are All The Rage, This is How To Wear Them

To keep your wardrobe up to date, we are eyeing figure flattering pieces with a classic twist.
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Sometimes a style hits stores in a big way, and upon closer look, you realize you’ve seen it coming for a while. It’s vaguely familiar, but it is by all accounts different. Case in point: this season’s cargo pants.

They’re more embellished than their predecessors and they feature a wider leg, which we love for all types of figure flattery. The industry is calling them “exaggerated utility,” and we’d say that’s pretty accurate.

Today’s cargo selections are done in lots of fabrications, from super casual cotton canvas to swanky silky versions and in varying degrees of exaggeration.

In the spirit of keeping your look up to date, we deem these worth a try. Here’s our “it” list.

First Look: Dressed Down Cargo Pants

Running errands and meeting a friend for coffee? WFH followed by a lunch date? Here’s a new way to look cool and casual.

Pants: American Eagle ($69.95) or Plus Eloquii ($99.95)

Tee: Polo Ralph Lauren ($90) or Plus ASOS DESIGN ($11.50)

Button Up: Old Navy ($39.99) or Plus Old Navy ($39.99)

Sneakers: Thursday Boots ($129)

Bracelet: Bauble Bar ($50)

Belt Bag: Senreve ($495) or Anthropologie ($78)

Blush: Westman Atelier ($48)

Our Must-Have Comfy Cargo Selection


If a cargo pant married a chino, this would be their baby. With front pockets AND side pockets, curvy gals beware.

Zara TRF Straight Cargo Pants

American Eagle

High-waisted, with stretch baked into the fabric to hug your curves in all the right places. The side pockets are flat against the body, which makes for less bulk.  Available in short, standard, and long.

American Eagle Stretch Super High-Waisted Cargo Wide-Leg Pant


These pants give the illusion of thigh pockets, thanks to gentle ruching at the knees. It’s a softer look and is less bulky. The ankle ties can be cinched a little or a lot.

Aqua High Rise Parachute Cargo Pants


The side pocket details are placed lower on the leg, so they’re thigh flattering. Six to Sunday tried & tested these and found they stretched out with wear, so consider sizing down.

Mango Multi-Pocket Cargo Jeans


The cropped length is great for shorties.

NSF Bennett Cargo Pants

Second Look: Dressed Up Exaggerated Cargos

Whether you want an alternative to your sleek, black work trousers or you’re looking for an updated date night look, one of these might just be the answer.

Pants: Lauren Ralph Lauren ($175)

Tank: Banana Republic ($12)

Sweater: COS ($120) or Plus Sanctuary ($99)

Shoe: Cult Gaia ($458)

Earrings: Banana Republic ($21)

Bag: S.Joon ($611) or Betsy & Floss ($92)

Face Cream: Kiehl’s ($38)

Top Exaggerated Cargos to Doll Up

Nasty Gal

The wide leg coupled with a little waist pleating makes these ideal for curvy frames.

Nasty Gal Premium Twill Wide Leg Cargo Pants

Banana Republic

The leg is ever so tapered, so it won’t overwhelm a small frame. Offered in petite, standard, and tall.

Banana Republic Lido Wool Cargo Pant


The trouser waist closure is dressy and polished, and the slightly cropped length and elasticized cuffs are great for those with shorter legs.

Eloquii Jogger Cargo Pant

Manière Devoir

The most style-forward of our picks, these make a statement. With a heavier fabrication and 3D pockets galore, you’ll need a bit of height to pull these off.

Manière De Voir High-Waisted Cargo Pants

Lauren Ralph Lauren

Extra wide waistband accentuates a whittled middle, and gold accents dress them up.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Wide Leg Cargo Pants


Made from stretch twill (the Spandex is built in), these allow for hips and curves. The details are subdued, so they’re more profesh. This could be a new work look.

Theory Cargo Pants


With side pockets, soft pleats, and short-waisted, the proportions on these beauties accommodate petites.

Tibi Crispy Nylon Pleated Cargo Pant

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