You all know how much I love my jeans. I wear them almost every day! But sometimes I want a casual alternative to jeans, and that’s when I pull out a pair of utility pants.
While utility pants (and cargo pants — the terms are pretty much used interchangeably) are more of a rugged military-inspired style, they’ve become quite fashionable in recent years.
The street style version is generally sleeker and more tailored than its utilitarian counterpart, and sometimes they incorporate other trends, such as the jogger pant.
Today I’m styling cargo jogger pants two ways — with a t-shirt and denim jacket for a casual off-duty look, and leveled up with heels and a woven tank for a night out.
I’ve had this pair of cargo joggers for several years, and I love the way they combine the jogger style leg with the utility details. They’re made of a stretchy twill fabric that gives you all-day comfort with enough structure to keep you looking polished.
FIT TIP: I recommend sizing down one in these pants. They should fit snugly when you get them because they will give some with wear.
If you like the look but not the price tag, check out this Wit & Wisdom pair. I actually styled them for a spring cargo pants outfit a couple years ago. And of course, cargo pants don’t have to be green. A black pair is nice to have, and I’ve also seen navy, white, and camo.
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My twist detail t-shirt is soft and comfortable, and the scoop neck is universally flattering. I have my usual size small, but you could size down if you want a closer fit.
I’ve had this denim jacket for years, and it’s still going strong! It’s soft and stretchy and has a good amount of structure. The medium indigo wash is super versatile, and I always cuff the sleeves for a laid-back vibe. It’s true to size; I have it in a small.
I often wear fashion sneakers with my cargo joggers, but I also love how they look with these strappy studded slide sandals.
The cafe color is very close to my skin tone, which elongates the line of the leg, and the shiny studs add some bling to the casual look. I usually size down in slides, but I didn’t need to with these. I’m wearing my usual size 8.
While utility pants typically suggest a casual vibe, it’s modern and fun to dress them up for a chic date night look. Again, I chose unfussy pieces with clean lines to offset the more rugged pants.
I love how it dips into a V in the back as well as the front, and the raw-edge chiffon trim at the neckline and armholes is a nice feminine detail.
This tank layers easily under a jacket, but it’s also bra-friendly if you want to wear it alone. It runs true to size; I have my usual size small.
A nude shoe would also work, but I like how wearing black on the top and bottom bookends the look, and the minimal design doesn’t visually chop up the leg the way a heavier black shoe might.
Also, the chunky wood grain heel repeats the brown tones in the clutch, helping to tie it all together.
For this look, I leveled up my accessories as well with Kendra Scott teardrop earrings and this Madewell layered coin necklace. These are actually three separate necklaces, which is nice because you don’t have to wear them all together every time.
If you want, you could throw a denim jacket on top of this look as well. It definitely tones it down some.
A blazer would be another option, or a leather jacket would also work.
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photos: Alison Cornell