2024 Fashion Trend to Try: Wide Leg Cargo Jeans

* This post is sponsored by Gap Factory.

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, trends come and go, but some styles have the remarkable ability to reinvent themselves time and time again. One of those wardrobe staples that’s making a big comeback in 2024 is the cargo pant.

sherpa zip hoodie (S) // sleeveless mockneck t-shirt (M) // wide leg cargo jeans (29)

We’re seeing cargo pockets and utility details on all pant silhouettes, but the most fashion-forward way to wear them is on wide leg jeans.

When experimenting with a trendy look like this, you may not want to make a big investment, and that’s where Gap Factory comes in. I know I can always depend on them to have the latest styles at unbeatable prices, and these high rise wide leg jeans were exactly what I was looking for.

This is definitely more of a rugged style than what I typically wear, but I think they’re fun for casual looks like the one I’m wearing here with a pink sleeveless mockneck t-shirt and cozy sherpa zip hoodie.

Unfortunately, the sherpa zip hoodie sold out, but you can wear any type of hoodie or casual jacket with this outfit.

I also tried styling these wide leg cargo jeans with this 24/7 split hem sweater for a slightly more elevated look.

24/7 split hem sweater (S) // turtleneck tee (M) // wide leg cargo jeans (29)

You can wear it unbuttoned, as I did above, or buttoned up, as shown below.

Although I usually prefer a more open neckline, turtleneck and mock neck tops are another classic style that’s having a moment this winter, so this time I layered a long sleeve white turtleneck tee underneath.

I do appreciate the extra warmth it provides. Did I mention it was 15 degrees the day we took these pictures? I thought I was going to be a human icicle by the time we were done. 😂

For my third look, I swapped out the sneakers for lug sole Chelsea boots and wore a cozy pink pullover.

This sweater is the perfect length for wearing untucked with whatever style of pant you prefer, and it comes in tons of colors. I love how easily it can transition from winter to spring!

And for a cozy topper, I added a black sherpa moto jacket for warmth and an extra element of style.

sherpa moto jacket (S) // forever cozy crewneck sweater (S) // wide leg cargo jeans (29)

If the cargo pants aren’t your thing, I also styled this cute matching sweatsuit.

I’m so glad matching sets are back on trend. It makes it so easy to pull an outfit together, and I think it’s such a fun way to look casual but put-together for running errands or even travel days.

fleece half-zip sweatshirt (S) // relaxed fleece sweatpants (S)

This fleece half zip sweatshirt is so cozy, and I love the raglan sleeves with the extra seaming details around the shoulders. I would also wear this as a casual top with jeans.

And the sweatpants are a classic style that is so practical and comfortable. They come in tons of colors, and you can also get them in petite and tall sizes.

Now is a great time to experiment with one of these trends, because Gap Factory is running a Winter Clearance Event with up to 60% off on clearance items through January 30. Prices are as marked.

Which of these winter fashion trends are you going to try?

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photos: Alison Cornell

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  1. I have already tried matching sweat suit outfit! I love it! I use to wear cargo pants. The new version I am not into yet. Sometimes my eye doesn’t get use to it until the trend is gone! We shall see. I never close the door on tomorrow.

  2. I could be wrong, but I feel that unfortunately cargo and wide leg pants seem to visually add a lot of weight, especially with a bulky crop top or jacket. Seems the exception to that would be a pair of perfectly fitting boot cut style pants.

    1. I agree! And then the added visual weight makes the whole look kind of frumpy. I think teens/young adult girls can pull off this look, though.

    2. Absolutely….I try and be open…but this is awful. I see a future “worst purchases” item. If they add visual weight to a thin person can you imagine what they would do to us who are a bit larger.

  3. These cargo jeans look a lot better than the ones you had in the first post about cargos. I like them with the black jacket and boots. I won’t be wearing wide leg cargos. I like wide legs and have several but I just don’t like them with cargo pockets. That draws the eye down to my short legs. I do have cargo pants that are straight leg and the pockets don’t stick out much. I love the sweatpants outfit. Sweatpants are what I wear in winter. I think they’re warm and cozy. Leggings just aren’t my thing and they’re only warm if I put pants over them. That lilac sweater is so pretty and you look good in that color.

  4. I’m going to pass on the wide leg cargo. It all seems too much! I will look into a pair of cargo pants but not such a wide leg. If I was to wear wide leg pants, I would pair them with a bodysuit or fitted tee so there is not all over bulk.

  5. I have tried the cargo pant style several years ago, but the pants were a slimmer/straight style. Still have them and love them (WHBM). If I had a pair of wide leg cargos, they would be a flowy summer weight (maybe a tencel blend) and would look great at the beach with sandals and a close-fitting tank! awwwww, dreaming of the beach…..!!

  6. Love the matching set! The wide leg cargos are a pass for me. Although they look cute on some (including you in these pics!) they won’t flatter my petite frame, especially when paired with flats. Anything too wide leg makes my legs look short and stumpy. I will wear some moderately wide leg pants, but will pair with heels to elongate the leg to compensate. And probably with a fitted top. Great example of a trend that works for some but not everybody. But it looks cute on you, especially styled with the pink sweater.

    1. Forgot to add… I think those of us who are petite or anyone self conscious about chubby legs should keep in mind that cargo pockets add visual bulk and draw the eye outward, which can further widen the look. Not a problem for taller ladies, but something to steer clear of if it’ll make you look shorter and wider. In my case, I think I’d be more likely to try cargo pockets on a slimmer fitting pair of pants (which isn’t trending, so I’ll just skip it). But hypothetically I think that would allow me to avoid the bulk. Also, the type cargo pocket makes a difference. Baggy or with a flap adds more bulk than flat and flap-less.

  7. I gotta say that I’ll be giving a hard pass to the cargo wide legs. Just not my style, at all. I do like the sweatsuit, though, and I own a version of that pink sweater!

  8. I think the you pull off the wide leg cargo pants nicely. I like them but I have shorter legs and I’m a little overweight, so it wouldn’t be a good look on me!

  9. Thank you Jo Lynn for always showing us the trends whether it’s your cup o tea or not. AND braving 15 degrees to do it. My long skinny legs would be perfect for this look. I loved my other straighter cargos so I will be giving these a try I think. The mono color jogger sets are so great and love this color on you.

  10. I’m just not sure I can pull off this look! But it does look cute. I have the sweatshirt and sweatpants in my cart. Depending on how my son’s hospital procedure goes tomorrow, I may need some retail therapy. Thanks for always keeping us up to date on current fashion trends!

  11. I, too, will pass on the cargo trend. Being a pear shape, there’s too much fabric and pockets on the leg just add more visual weight……I’d feel like a pirate in them, I am sure they are nice on someone else.

  12. Well, I guess I’m in the minority with this one!! I love the cargo pants on you!! I’m 60 years old, 5’4″, 150lbs and plan on trying this trend! I love fashion and not going to rule it out until I see how it looks styled on me. Love having an alternative to jeans!!

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