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Learning how to wear cargo pants stylishly isn’t as hard as you might think.

Sure, get it wrong and you could end up looking like a reject from the G.I Joe fan club. However, with the right styling tricks up your sleeve, you can look pretty awesome in a pair of classic American cargo pants.

In today’s article, I’m breaking out my top tips on how to wear cargo pants and look great doing it. So whether you’re looking for a new style to try or just need some inspiration, you’ll discover:

  1. A Brief History Of Cargo Pants
  2. What Can You Wear With Cargo Pants?
  3. What Looks Weird With Cargo Pants?
  4. How To Accessorize When Wearing Cargo Pants
  5. Cargo Pants Look Book

#1 A Brief History Of Cargo Pants

soldiers at war

Cargo pants were first popularized in the military during WW2, when British soldiers came to realize their potential as versatile and convenient battle-wear. Unlike previous military uniforms worn in WW1 and the 1800s, cargo pants were far more convenient and far less ‘tailored’ than the classic uniforms of years gone by.

It wasn’t long until the US military also picked up on this style of uniform and started to produce them en masse for their own soldiers during the Second World War. This is where the really interesting history of cargo pants begins.

France was allied with the US during WW2. As such, we sent across batches of our homemade Cargo pants to the French so that they too could benefit from the tactical convenience of pocketed cargo pants.

However, when France fell to German occupation in 1940, guess who stole those pants to give to their own military units. You guessed it – the Nazis.

nazi soldiers at war

Nazi soldiers on board U-boats would wear cargo pants for the same reason as the Brits, Yanks, and French – comfort and convenience on the battlefield. However, when we gave them over to the French, never did we think that the Nazis would get hold of them and start wearing them while sinking our battleships in the middle of the Atlantic!

Since their introduction in the military, cargo pants have become staple style items for men and women across the globe. In the last 50 years, they’ve been worn on the runway, at anti-war protests, and for comfort around the home. In fact, in 2020, they saw a huge increase in popularity when a slimmer-cut version was released to the public.

#2 What Can You Wear With Cargo Pants?

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Cargos are the perfect pants for guys who want to be comfortable but remain stylish and well dressed. But how do you wear them without looking like you’re headed out for a day of manual labor?

It’s simple – pair them with the right tops and shoes to make sure you’re rocking them with style.

Remember, cargo pants are not formal in style. In fact, most designs aren’t even suitable for smart-casual environments! For the most part, you should only wear cargo pants when formality isn’t an issue and the name of the game is casual and comfortable.

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When wearing cargo pants, pair them with:

  • Henley shirts – these are great for a casual look. They sit above the formality of a t-shirt without being too over the top.
  • Polo shirts – a step up from a t-shirt and Henley, polos are still very casual but can be dressed up with the right accessories. When wearing them with cargo pants, keep your polo shirt untucked and opt for a fit that matches that of your cargo pants.
  • Casual button-down shirts – these can add a touch of formality to your look without making it seem like you’re trying too hard. Opt for earth tones like beige and brown to provide a military-style colorway for your outfit.
  • T-shirts – t-shirts are always going to be a great option when it comes to cargo pants. They’re comfortable, they come in a million different designs, and you can dress them up or down very easily. Just make sure your t-shirt fits well and isn’t too baggy.
  • Hoodies – perfect for lazy days when you don’t want to think too much about your outfit. Just throw on a gray hoodie with a pair of baggy cargo pants and enjoy the comfort of ultra-casual clothing.

When it comes to footwear, you’ve got a lot of options. Cargo pants work with most styles, except the most formal of shoes. Try wearing your pair with:

  • White sneakers – these are always going to be a great option. They’re comfortable and they go with pretty much everything.
  • Boat shoes – these have a casual yet stylish look that’s perfect for cargo pants. Just make sure your boat shoes are clean and in good condition before you leave the house!
  • Desert boots – another great choice for those who want a stylish but casual look. Again, just make sure your desert boots are clean and in good condition before you leave the house!
  • Military boots – if you want to rock a more military-inspired look, then opt for a pair of black or green military boots. Dr Marten boots are a classic style that would work well here.
  • Sandals – yes, even sandals can work with cargo pants! Just make sure they’re of a simple design and that your feet are well-groomed and clean.
  • No shoes – if you’re just lounging around the house or taking the dog for a walk, then feel free to leave your shoes at home. Just make sure you’re not going to be doing any strenuous activity that might damage your feet!

#3 What Looks Weird With Cargo Pants?

Sure, cargo pants are really versatile. But when it comes to formal wear, things can get a bit more restricted.

To cut to the chase, here are a few things you should avoid wearing with cargo pants:

  • Formal shoes – this includes dress shoes, Oxfords, loafers, and any other kind of shoe that wouldn’t normally be considered casual.
  • Tuxedos – it should go without saying, but a tux isn’t going to work with cargo pants. They sit on the complete opposite ends of the formality spectrum.
  • Suit jackets – again, this should be obvious. If you’re going to wear a jacket with your cargo pants, make sure it’s of the casual variety. If your cargo pants are slim-fit you might be able to pull off a blazer in the right situation, but personally I’d avoid all kinds of tailoring to be on the safe side.
  • Dress shirts – a dress shirt is too formal to be worn with cargo pants. If you want to wear a collared shirt, opt for a polo or casual button-down instead.

#4 How To Accessorize When Wearing Cargo Pants

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Accessories like belts, watches, and sunglasses are perfect additions to a cargo pants outfit – they’ll help to define your style and take your look to the next level.

Belts can actually help to make you look thinner. When wearing baggier cargo pants, using a belt to tuck your waist in can help to give you a slimmer appearance. If your cargo pants are already pretty slim-fit, then a belt isn’t really necessary (unless you need one to help keep your pants up!).

A watch is always a great accessory for men. It’s practical, it looks stylish, and it can help to make you look more put-together. If you don’t normally wear a watch, then now is the time to start. A military or field watch can be a great way to present a classic army aesthetic and stay true to the classic use of cargo pants in times of war.

Sunglasses are perfect for those sunny days when you’re wearing cargo pants (or shorts!) to the park with your kids. Obviously, they’ll help to keep the sun out of your eyes. However, they can also make you boost that military aesthetic, especially when wearing aviators! Just make sure you choose a style that goes well with your face shape.

#5 Cargo Pants Outfit Ideas

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There are hundreds of different styles you can achieve with cargo pants. However, for me, there are a few that stand out as iconic examples of great men’s style.

If you’re looking to really show off your style and set yourself apart from the millions of cargo-wearing guys out there, try putting together outfits inspired by these lookbook ideas.

The Military Man

At the end of the day, cargo pants are military through and through. So why not embrace this and wear an outfit that suits the style of the US military?

To achieve an accurate military aesthetic, pair your cargo pants with a simple white tee or a camo print shirt. For your outerwear, go for a bomber jacket or an army green parka. And don’t forget to accessorize with aviator sunglasses, a watch, and a green canvas belt.

The Athlete

Cargo pants are often associated with being comfortable and relaxed. So why not put together an outfit that’s perfect for a day spent doing some light exercise?

Start with a pair of loose-fit cargo pants in a dark color like black, navy, or grey. Then add a moisture-wicking t-shirt in a bright color. For your shoes, go for a pair of running shoes or trainers.

The Cali-Cargo

California is known for its surf. Even if you’re not from the golden coast, you can still channel that surfer vibe by wearing a loose-fitting vest-top, loose cargo pants, and sandals. After all, it is California we’re talking about – the land of eternal summer!

To get that Cali-cargo look, start with a pair of beige or white cargo pants. Then add a black or white vest-top. And finally, slip into a pair of easy-to-wear sandals like Birkenstocks. Accessorize with a beaded bracelet and sunglasses to finish off the look.

The 90s Cargo

Cargos were pretty big during the 90s. There’s no shame in bringing that look back and pairing your cargo pants with some classic 90s staples.

Start with a pair of light cargo pants. Then add a black or white t-shirt, and slip into a pair of chunky black sneakers. For your outerwear, go for a denim jacket or hoodie.

Will this style work in warmer climates? Probably not – but it’s perfect for those cold winters where layers are key.

Looking for military inspiration in your wardrobe? Check out my guide to 11 styles items with a military heritage.

FAQs

Are cargo pants just for men who like military style clothing?

No – over the last few years cargo pants have actually become quite mainstream. You’ll see kids, women and guys wearing them. Typically, popular cargo pants are thinner cut than traditional military uniform.

Are cargo pants smart-casual?

No – I would stick to wearing your cargo pants in casual situations. There may be some very rare occasions when cargo pants can work in a smart-casual environment, but in general they should be worn exclusively in casual settings.

What shoes should I wear with cargo pants?

Sneakers work well – either retro chunky sneakers or classic white dress sneakers. However, the best shoes to wear with cargo trousers are military boots – after all, that’s what they were designed to be worn with!

Do cargo pants look professional?

Cargo pants are generally considered casual attire and may not be considered as professional in most formal settings.

It is generally advisable to opt for trousers or slacks that are tailored and have a sleeker design.

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No-Fail Color Combos For Men: Summer 2024 Edition

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One of the trickier elements of achieving good style is color theory. That is, what looks good together, what matches, what contrasts well, the works!

When men initially start their style journey, before they learn about the context and history of various aesthetics, they’ll often try tackling color first.

And for good reason. Not matching correctly or poor color choices are a quick and easy way to doom your outfit. Getting it right takes a trained eye – or a handy guide like this one.

Specifically in the summer months, there tend to be more color options available to men’s clothing than ever. Less layers means our outfits are sometimes encouraged to make a statement through different means, whether that’s through pattern, texture, or perhaps most obviously, color!

And so, without further ado, here are our recommendations for no-fail color combinations for men’s outfits this summer.

White, Red, and Navy Blue

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Perhaps a bit on-the-nose for the Fourth of July season, but arguably all the more so appropriate because of it, there’s something nostalgic about loosely representing the American flag during the summer – albeit tastefully.

One sure way to nail this formula without mistakenly getting raised along the flag pole is to combine a classic white tee with navy blue pants, shorts, or denim, along with a primary or dark red cardigan for cool summer evenings.

Too warm for the cardigan? Consider a blue and red patterned top with white shorts or white linen trousers for a similar effect with more cooling factor.

It’s a brilliant combo with just a dash of patriotic flair. Trust us!

Off-White, Tan, and Forest Green

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Sometimes, deep contrast is what you want for maximum dynamism in an outfit. To experiment with this color combination, try pairing a pair of off-white painter/carpenter pants with a dark, forest green top (either a tee or a camp collar shirt). Tie it all together with a pair of tan loafers and a matching tan braided belt!

Looking to go cooler? Perhaps opt for a pair of forest green shorts and an off-white tee. Finish it off with a sleek pair of tan espadrilles or elegant fisherman’s sandals, and you’re ready to hit the sun!

Classic Black and White

man wearing a pair of white linen trousers with a black knit polo and black loafers

Minimalism can be elegant, and there’s no better proof than the classic black and white combo.

This generally works best for slightly elevated outfits, ranging from smart casual to business casual. Try starting with a pair of white pleated trousers, preferably in a breathable fabric like cotton, or even better, linen. Pair them with a black knit polo, tucked in ideally, and accessorize with a black leather belt and matching loafers.

A more elegant way to spin this combo is with a white linen suit – paired with a simple black tee shirt. If you’re feeling a bit of retro flair in your veins, dare to swap the tee for a black shirt with a 70s-inspired, jumbo collar worn popped over the jacket’s lapels. You can totally pull it off with confidence – we promise.

Autumnal Orange and Sage Green

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Are you an autumnal soul? As in, someone who wishes it was fall during all three other seasons? We don’t blame you! Autumn color palettes are some of the most visually pleasing and downright cozy.

The good news is, you don’t have to wait until fall to incorporate autumnal earth tones into your summer wardrobe! It’s not like it’s illegal. If anything, it’s a fun nod to another season when worn properly.

A burnt or rust orange definitely screams fall, but when utilized on a classic camp collar shirt and paired with a more summery sage green (either in short or linen trouser iterations), it surprisingly works!

Soft Pink and Deep Blue

outfit of dark blue linen trousers with a soft pink linen button down shirt

When worn well, pink can be a surprisingly masculine color that echoes elegance and signals sophistication.

An easy way to see this for yourself is by pairing deep blue trousers (try seersucker or linen for ideal weather friendly comfort) with a soft pink linen shirt – either long sleeve or short. You can also swap the pants for shorts if that’s more your thing.

The rich contrast between pink and blue tones is especially exciting in summer, where both colors reign highly.

White on White on White (or Maybe Tan)

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No, no, we’re not kidding around with this one. If you’re lacking in the hair department, you might choose to avoid this combo in order to beat the “Mr. Clean” allegations, but when done well, we still think this look is a power-move.

The key is to incorporate summer texture. White pants or shorts in either linen or seersucker, combined with a white top in a similar fabric. Linen on linen works wonders. Seersucker on linen is great, too. Seersucker on seersucker tends to work best with a suit, but use your discretion.

Finish it off with either white sneakers (canvas ones are great) or a daring white loafer. Alternatively, if you want to break up the white just a drop, consider opting for tan shoes with a matching belt. In many ways, it’s arguably more elegant.

Tan and Teal

man wearing tan pleated chinos with a teal camp collar shirt

Tan is a canvas upon which everything will match, which is why going bold and exciting with a contrasting shade is a good bet. Teal is a fine choice because it’s reminiscent of mediterranean oceans and mosaic tiles, further reinforcing the summery association.

The safest way to approach this look is with tan chinos or shorts combined with a rich teal top (either a tee, linen shirt, or camp collar shirt). Tan or brown accessories will seal the deal, but an alternative method is to reverse the colors on their head.

Teal shorts are quite striking but within the bounds of good taste, and a tan linen shirt looks absolutely stellar with them. Try it for yourself!

Beige, Chocolate Brown, and Sage Green

man wearing beige linen trousers with pleats, paired with a sage green tee shirt tucked in, and dark brown loafers and a dark brown braided leather belt

Looking for something similar to the previous option but one that works a bit better in more professional settings? Beige trousers, paired with chocolate brown loafers and a matching belt, look great with sage green, a calmer alternative to teal.

Sometimes referred to as seafoam green, sage looks especially elegant when represented by a linen fabric.

Calm Gray and Black

man wearing relaxed-fitting pleated gray high-waisted trousers with a black knit polo, black belt, and black loafers

Don’t underestimate the versatility of gray in your summer wardrobe. In truth, it can go with almost anything, but looks sleekest when paired with black.

Not convinced? Try combining a pair of gray linen pants with a black knit polo for that after work rooftop party, or gray shorts with a black tee for a sleek and minimal laid-back day. From fine summer tailoring to relaxed and leisurely attire, this combo is something of a cheat code, if you ask us.

Maroon and Mint

Man wearing a pair of mint green seersucker shorts with a maroon polo shirt and white sneakers

We’re not done with shades of red! Maroon is often seen as one of the more mature shades, but you can make it feel a bit more playful if you pair it next to an airy mint color tone.

A pair of mint green (fainter than sage, in most cases) pants or shorts delivers extra wow-factor when placed alongside a maroon red top. From tees to polos to linen button downs, you’ve got options. But you can reverse the positions too! Try maroon shorts with a mint tee on toasty days for a look that’ll keep you cool and looking, well, cooler!

Lastly, Experiment!

Aside from these specific seasonal recommendations, allow yourself to have fun and experiment with different color and color combinations on your own! It takes time and experience to gain a truly trained eye, and while learning the basics of color theory can help, your personal style journey will thank you for any hands-on experience!.

So go out there, and give some of these a whirl. When you’re ready, feel free to try new ideas out for yourself!

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Stylish Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Perfect Picks from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall

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As Father’s Day approaches, it’s time to celebrate the wonderful dads in our lives with thoughtful and stylish gifts. Whether you’re looking for something classic, trendy, or completely unique, this gift guide has you covered. Featuring pieces from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall, you’ll find gifts to suit every budget and taste.

Merci Maman

Merci Maman offers personalized jewelry that makes a perfect sentimental gift. Their Personalized Intertwined Necklace is a standout piece, featuring two or three rings that can be engraved with names, dates, or a special message. This elegant necklace is ideal for a dad who loves meaningful keepsakes.

Another beautiful option is the Personalized Open Bangle, which is both sleek and stylish. Engrave it with a special date or message to make it a unique token of appreciation. For new dads, the Personalized Initial Necklace featuring the initials of their children is a touching and timeless choice.

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ChloBo

For the fashion-forward dad, ChloBo offers trendy yet sophisticated pieces. The Men’s Noodle Ball Bracelet is a versatile accessory that combines traditional craftsmanship with modern design. It’s perfect for a dad who appreciates minimalist style with a touch of elegance.

The Sacred Earth Ring is another excellent choice. This bold piece is crafted with precision and can add a statement to any outfit. If your dad is into layered looks, the Protective Eye Necklace is a stylish and symbolic piece that can be worn alone or with other chains.

Lebrusan Studio

Lebrusan Studio is known for its intricate and ethical designs. For a dad with a taste for the unique, the Silver Skull Ring is a standout. This piece combines a touch of edginess with exquisite craftsmanship, making it perfect for the dad who loves something a bit different.

For something more classic, consider the Gold St Christopher Pendant. This traditional symbol of protection is beautifully crafted and makes a thoughtful gift for the dad who travels often or loves classic jewelry. Another excellent option is the Ethical Wedding Band, ideal for renewing vows or simply as a token of enduring love.

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Dower & Hall

Dower & Hall offers timeless pieces that exude elegance. The Leather & Pearl Bracelet is an excellent choice for the millennial dad who appreciates a blend of classic and contemporary styles. The combination of leather and pearls creates a distinctive look that is both rugged and refined.

For dads who love symbolic jewelry, the Tree of Life Pendant is a meaningful piece that represents family and growth. It’s a beautiful reminder of the roots and connections that make a family strong. The Skullduggery Wax Melts are a fun and quirky gift for dads who enjoy unique home fragrances and stylish decor.

Lastly, for a classic and elegant gift, consider the Silver St Christopher Pendant. This traditional piece is perfect for any dad, providing both style and a sense of protection.

Conclusion

With this selection of thoughtful and stylish pieces from Merci Maman, ChloBo, Lebrusan Studio, and Dower & Hall, you’re sure to find the perfect gift to show your dad just how much he means to you. Whether he loves personalized jewelry, modern fashion, unique designs, or timeless classics, there’s something here to suit every taste and budget. Celebrate Father’s Day with a gift that will be cherished for years to come.

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Celebrate Father’s Day in Style with Bloobloom Eyewear

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Father’s Day is fast approaching, and with it comes the perennial question: What to get him for Father’s Day? This year, look no further than French eyewear brand Bloobloom. Known for its impeccable blend of style and sustainability, Bloobloom offers a range of sunglasses and glasses that make perfect gifts for any father figure in your life.

Bloobloom boasts an extensive collection of eyewear, featuring various styles, frames, shapes, and colors. Whether your dad prefers classic designs or contemporary looks, there is something for everyone in Bloobloom’s lineup. Each pair of glasses starts from £99, ensuring high-quality eyewear at an accessible price point.

Here are a few top picks from Bloobloom’s collection that are sure to make this Father’s Day special:

  • Author in Black: For the dad who appreciates timeless elegance, the Author in Black offers a sophisticated, classic look. These frames exude confidence and style, perfect for any occasion.
  • Pro in Midnight: If your father is a fan of sleek, modern designs, the Pro in Midnight is an excellent choice. These frames combine contemporary aesthetics with a touch of boldness, making them ideal for both professional and casual settings.
  • Mentor in Sunflower: For the adventurous dad who loves to stand out, the Mentor in Sunflower adds a splash of color and personality. These sunglasses are not only stylish but also provide excellent protection from the sun, perfect for outdoor activities.
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One of the standout features of Bloobloom is its commitment to giving back. For every purchase made, Bloobloom donates a pair of glasses to one of the world’s 2.5 billion people in need who lack access to eye care through its ‘Pair for a Pair’ scheme. This initiative ensures that your gift not only brings joy to your father but also contributes to a noble cause, improving the lives of those less fortunate.

In addition to its charitable efforts, Bloobloom is dedicated to sustainability. The brand has planted over 8,000 trees and uses plastic-free packaging, reflecting its commitment to the environment. Furthermore, Bloobloom opts for lower-impact raw materials in the production of its eyewear, reducing its ecological footprint.

Choosing Bloobloom for your Father’s Day gift means supporting a brand that values both quality and ethical practices. Each pair of glasses is a testament to Bloobloom’s dedication to creating stylish, durable, and environmentally friendly eyewear.

Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to show appreciation and love for the father figures in your life. With Bloobloom’s wide range of stylish and sustainable eyewear, you’re sure to find the perfect gift that suits his personality and style. From classic frames like the Author in Black to the bold Mentor in Sunflower, there’s something for every dad.

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