Cargo pants are among the best casual pants you can own. Not only are they comfortable thanks to their slouchy nature, but they can also be a stylish alternative to the ever so comfortable denim. They come in a few different colors, and you can style them in a variety of ways.
Here’s some of the best outfit ideas on what to wear with cargo pants:
With a leather jacket
For a cool urban outfit, wear cargo pants with a leather jacket.
A leather jacket is a must-have, because this wardrobe staple is timeless and can be styled with all kinds of bottoms, dresses and jumpsuits too. Among the bottoms that look great with leather jackets are cargo pants.
This is an effortless combination that will have you ready to step out in a short time.
Ela (above) styled her cargo pants with a white tank and a black leather jacket. She then finished the look off with a pair of black sneakers. It’s an easy look to wear and you can dress it up with a pair of heels instead of the boots.
With a statement blouse
If you want to dress up your cargo pants, wearing them with a statement blouse will make it an easy outfit for going out.
A blouse is always so feminine and is a must-have for a lady, whether you go for a simple one or a more outstanding blouse. They are normally great for office settings, but can also work for any casual occasions when you want to look polished without being formal.
Since the cargo pants are tapered at the ankle, the best shoes for this outfit is the same color shoes. This will avoid your legs looking cut off and make you look taller.
Krystyna (above) styled her cargo pants with a statement blouse that has a bow, and completed the look with a pair of boots.
With a graphic t-shirt
Wearing a graphic t-shirt with cargo pants is is a great means of self-expression through clothes.
Speaking of clothes that make a statement, a graphic t-shirt does exactly this. They can be styled with cargo pants to give you a cool and laid back outfit. This combination is suitable for different women of different sizes and figures who love a great casual outfit now and then.
Jakarta (above) styled her graphic t-shirt with a black pair of cargo pants and some open sandals.
For this look, a pair of ankle boots or sneakers will give you the same effect.
With a white button-down
A white button-down shirt is a timeless and classy wardrobe staple that can be styled with literally anything you can think of. It instantly elevates an outfit, especially if the look is very casual, for example, if it involves some jeans, khakis, or cargo pants.
This look may look relaxed, but it’s a combination that can easily make it to a dressier environment including work on casual Fridays.
Emily (above) looked amazing in her white button-down tucked into her cargo pants. She finished off this look with some boots.
With a white t-shirt
A white tee can dress up or dress down your cargo pants.
A white t-shirt is a must-have for everyone. Just like a white button-down shirt, it goes with everything you own. It’s comfortable and works well with both casual looks and dressier ones.
Mitchelle (above) wore her plain white tee with a pair of brown cargo pants and some white sneakers. It’s the best combination for a person who’s a fan of minimalism.
With a coat
While most of the time a cargo pants outfit is very laid back and casual, a coat will make the look chic.
Coats are known to dress up any look, whether it’s with a pair of jeans, skirts, jumpsuits or other pant styles.
Maria (above) looked chic in her outfit whereby she wore a pair of cargo pants with a white top and a houndstooth coat.
If you’re not the biggest fan of prints then you could wear your cargo pants outfit with a plain coat instead.
With a plain t-shirt
This is the easiest cargo pants outfit that works for women of all age.
Plain t-shirts are great to have, because you can wear them with all kinds of pants especially if the t-shirt is in neutral colors such as black. They allow your pants to stand out, especially if these pants come with a bit of an extra design such as cargo pants.
Monika (above) styled her cargo pants with a black t-shirt and some black sock boots.
This is a monochromatic look, but you can always wear a different color of t-shirt and cargo pants. The key to having different colors of these pieces looking great is to ensure the colors work well together.
With a sweatshirt
You can wear your sweatshirt with cargo pants for the laid back look.
A sweatshirt is comfortable and casual, making it great for lounging indoors. When styled right, they can be worn outdoors too.
Even though both the sweatshirt and the cargo pants are staple pieces for the weekend, you can dress up this look and make it very chic. All you need to do is to throw on a pair of feminine footwear such as stilettos or strappy heels. To finish the look, you can also add some classy accessories such as a clutch bag.
Anna (above) wore her cargo pants with a hooded sweatshirt.
With a faux fur coat
Coats in general can dress up a cargo pant outfit, but a faux fur type deserves a mention of its own considering how fashion-forward they are.
A faux fur coat not only keeps you warm, but it also makes you look like you’re just about to step out for a fashion event. They can be worn with your cargo pants to make the pants look more out of the ordinary but in a good and stylish way.
Emily (above) styled her cargo pants with a faux fur coat and some ankle boots. Anyone can pull this look off just as long as you get the fit right. This combination is great for fall and winter months.
With a denim jacket
Since denim jackets are versatile, they can easily be worn with your cargo pants for a casual day out.
Denim jackets are easy to wear, and the best part about them is that they work in all seasons of the year, whether it’s hot or cold. They also suit anyone and give you that easy laid back look.
You can wear a cropped denim jacket, if your cargo pants are more high waisted. This isa look that also allows you to wear heels, stilettos and other different types of shoes because of how simple it is.
Tammy (above) styled her cargo pants with a white t-shirt, a denim jacket and a pair of white ankle boots.
With a printed top
If wearing cargo pants with solids sound a bit too plain, you always have the option of some trendy printed top.
There are several prints around, for example stripes, florals, animal prints and many others. They are known to add an interesting touch to an otherwise (possibly) boring outfit.
Since cargo pants mostly come plain, they can actually be styled with most if not all of these prints.
Gege (above) wore her white cargo pants with a striped long sleeved top and some converse. While her pants are easy to style because they are white, you could also go for a black pair or even brown for the same effect.
With a tank top
Throwing on a tank top with your cargo pants is one of the easiest outfits especially for warmer or even hot days.
A tank top is a great alternative to t-shirts, considering how minimalist they are. They can also be layered under outerwear, if it’s cooler outside. You can wear your cargo pants with a tank top tucked in, and finish off the look with heels, sandals or sneakers.
Alycia (above) wore her tank top with a pair of cargo pants and finished off her outfit with some brown sandals. Her cargo pants are a self-tie type, a great way to highlight your waist.
If your pants do not come with their own belt, you can always accessorize with the belts that you have.
With a cami
Compared to a tank, another sleeveless option that you can go for is a cami. Wearing cami with cargo pants is a great summer outfit for any occasion.
This is lot more feminine than the other casual tops. They often look delicate, especially if you go for one that’s in silk. They can be worn with cargo pants to make the look more polished, whether you tuck the cami in or leave it untucked.
Rashana (above) styled her silk cami top with a pair of cargo pants and some slides. It’s a casual outfit that looks more dressed up because of the silk fabric of the cami and the slides too.
With a cardigan
If it’s still not too cold outside to wear those heavy coats, then a cardigan is a great option for outerwear to style with your cargo pants. Cardigans are cute and snuggly and give you that girl-next-door look.
Different types of cardigans will work with your cargo pants and you can button the cardigan up or leave it unbuttoned, worn over a tank top or t-shirt.
Lorelie (above) wore a pair of cargo pants with a white cardigan buttoned up. It’s a great look that not only makes the cargo pants outfit look cute and girly but is also easily flattering.
With a vest
If you’re going to be stepping out in a pair of cargo pants then you should consider adding a vest to the outfit.
A vest makes for a great last piece to crown your entire outfit. They come in different styles ,from those with collars to those without. Vests are also available in different fabrics including denim and faux fur, just to mention a few.
Jessica (above) styled her white cargo pants with a casual vest and a pair of ankle boots. This is a simple pairing that definitely makes and otherwise subtle look more interesting.
With a pullover
A pullover sweater is a comfortable piece of clothing to wear with any casual pants. It can also be very stylish, and one of the ways to achieve an interesting look with your sweater is to style it with cargo pants.
Spar (above) wore a sweater with a pair of cargo pants for a laid back look and some booties. You don’t always have to go for a completely plain sweater as a printed one will also look great if your pants are plain.
With a cable knit sweater
Still on sweater, you have many options when it comes to what to wear with the cargo pants. Cable knit sweater is a fall staple, and they are nice way to add some warmth and style to your outfit.
Since most cable knit sweaters tend to be on the chunky side, this outfit will typically look causal. A nice way to add an elegant touch to this look is to wear a pair of lady like shoes like the suede pumps.
With a blazer
To elevate your style with the cargo pants outfit, top it off with a blazer.
It’s advisable for a woman to own a few blazers, as they instantly dress up any look, whether casual or dressy. You can wear them with skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, jeans or even cargo pants for a casual chic look.
Maya (above) wore her green cargo pants with a blazer in a matching green color. She styled these two with a t-shirt and a pair of sneakers.
Picking neutral colored blazers is a great way to go if you’re not particularly into the suit-like style.
With a turtleneck
Wearing cargo pants with turtle neck can add the right amount of sexiness to the otherwise basic outfit.
Turtlenecks are great for showing off a great figure without revealing too much, because it hugs the top part of your body without showing cleavage. When you wear it with the cargo pant, they give you a well-balanced look.
It’s a simple combination that does not require too much accessorizing. If you go for a plain turtleneck top, you can always accessorize it more. A good option is to add some pendant necklaces, if you want to keep it minimal.
Giuliana (above) wore a snake print turtleneck top with a pair of contrasting cargo pants and some sneakers.
With a simple top
Aside from a plain t-shirt, you should also invest in a couple of plain tops, which look great with cargo pants.
This outfit works for those days that you really want to look just a bit dressier and a t-shirt just won’t do. They look chic when styled with a pair of cargo pants, because they are simple and also let your cargo pants stand out.
With a plaid shirt
A plaid shirt is a fall favorite. It is one of those pieces that give you that great 90s look and can have you looking grungy easily. While they’re mostly worn with jeans, you can wear them with a pair of cargo pants too.
These 21 ideas on what to wear with cargo pants should encourage you to try wearing cargo pants a bit more. Try them sometime!