I’ve been so-so on the idea of bringing back cargo pants.
I was an absolutely avid admirer (and wearer) of the famed parachute pants in the 90s – it’s true. The more pockets, the better. After I got past that phase, I swore never to go back.
Then, much to my preemptive horror, I began to see not only cargo pants – but skinny cargo pants amidst the well-chiseled legs of runway models.
Image courtesy Elle
Ohhhh boy. Predicament. Do I adore the 90s? Oh yes.
Do I want to relive them? HELL no.
Do I want to be stylishly casual? You bet.
Do I want to look sloppy? No, thank you.
Do I feel like joining the ranks of the military trend? Ehhh.
IS IT EVEN a military trend? OH STYLE, YOU BRAIN MASHER.
But if they’re fitted – is it ok? Hm. Is it better if they’re cropped? Ultra tight? Somewhat loose? How many pockets?
Revelation: Wow, how much does this not matter compared to the ultimate question: Do I even like it?
Bottom line? Yes, I do. I like it. I like the idea of it, and the ease of it… But finding the perfect pair has proven to be somewhat difficult.
These are my newest purchases. I saw them at TJ Maxx, snagged them, tried them on and could have just lounged around in that dressing room all day, they were so comfy (in fact, I’m wearing them now). They’re made by Willi Smith – not to be confused with the Fresh Prince – who is touted as one of the “most successful young fashion designers in fashion history”! Under $20 at TJ Maxx? I’m thinking I got away with murder at this point.
The pants are very well made, and the fabric is very thin, though there are no VPL issues to note.
Upon closer inspection, post purchase ($17, thank you very much), I’ve discovered that these are, in fact, one size too big. This doesn’t bother me tremendously, other than the fact that the crotch is… a little too crotch-y. The color is lovely, and the comfort – I’ll reiterate – is top notch. Maybe after I give them a brisk wash, they’ll tighten up. Here’s hoping!
I wore it with a lightweight, pale yellow, sheer sweater which is another one of my favorite pieces. Really soft and cozy, but not so thick that it adds bulk to my figure.
I gotta do something with this hair, y’all.