How many pockets is too many pockets? It’s a trick question silly. There’s no such thing as too many pockets. Utility, pragmatism and technical garments are all the rage at the moment which is why we’re about to talk you through the humble cargo pant. The coolest thing about cargo pants is the garment is having a moment via different routes.
Gorpcore and outdoorsy technical fashion have put cargo pants in the limelight. The continuous embrace of skatewear is highlighting cargo pants and an embrace of wider silhouettes and regular fits is also bringing the humble multi-pocketed trouser to the fore. Whatever reason you’re wearing a pair for, here are some suggestions on the best cargo pants for men to get and how to style them.
How to style cargo pants
Mostly, the cargo pants on this list are coming with wider silhouettes that’ll need to be turned up at the bottom. This is good. This means you can wear them with a variety of footwear types and look great doing so. For the pleated and classic military-inspired styles, style them with loafers, chunky boat shoes or Derbies. Up top play with shirting, sort tailoring and slight formality. The cargo pant brings intrigue and utility as detail. A little twist on classic outfits.
Elsewhere, cargo pants make great casual pants and tend to last longer owing to that sturdy drill cotton. As ever we’d recommend trying to match wider silhouettes on trousers with a slightly chunkier shoe. Be it a boot or a dad-style sneaker. For many of the below styles a simple tee and minimal coach jacket will work. Comfy day-to-day sneakers underneath complete any if not all extra-pocketed trousers. If you’re brave, match utility trousers to a utility jacket.
Best cargo pants for men in 2023
The Frankie Shop Stu Colourblock Cargo Pants
If you’re in the market for some especially baggy cargo numbers, check out this unisex pair from The Frankie Shop. A high-rise waist and an especially loose, baggy fit ensure comfort whilst the combination of beige and green adds welcome earthy colour. Best to finish them off with an equally bulky shoe or mule. Adjustable hem toggles and an enlarged side pocket on each leg enhance the gorpcore vibe.
Calee, which translates as ‘real to the street’ in Spanish is all about Californian style with a streetwear twist. The brand which was founded in 2004 does a range of shirts, jackets and pants, all with a robust quality but playful edge. These back satin parachute pants are no different. Made from cotton, they feature two pockets on each outer thigh, with a button waist fastening, and cuffed leg at the bottom. Great for adding a little detail to a tee and sneaker ensemble.
Forét Drip Cargo Pants
Danish brand Forét have got you if you’re looking for a pair of men's cargo pants with a more formal, tailored aesthetic. Minus all the patched elements and with no cuffing or toggles, it’s only the two utilitarian pockets on either side that make these a pair of cargo pants. Made in Portugal from 100% cotton, the pants come in a regular fit and look great with a fashion-forward hiking boot.
Closed Galway Relaxed Pants
Another intriguing pair putting a contemporary twist on the classic cargo pant. Closed's cargo pants for men boast sturdy Italian cotton with a robust structure, softness and slight stretch. Up top, an elasticated waist is fastened with a button and zip as well as a drawstring. A creative pant sure to catch the eye. Twin with a coach jacket, simple tee and refined white sneaker.
Carhartt WIP Cole Cargo Pants
The official brand of cool carpenters worldwide, of course Carhartt was going to be on the list. The Cole cargo pant brings an oversized silhouette to the cargo discourse in Moraga twill, a midweight cotton fabric that’s been garment dyed for colour and feel. The fit is extremely relaxed and boasts a low crotch, pleats at the front as well as layered knees and back darts. Wear them atop equally utilitarian, chunky leather shoes.
Percival Utility Trousers
Percival do a utility trouser and although it doesn’t have cargo pockets per say, it still fits into the utilitarian trouser category with a side of rugged pragmatism. Heavyweight twill cotton as standard, long front pockets and the brand’s standard everyday fit. Great with a short-sleeve shirt and a pair of Converse. There’s even a matching utility jacket if you’re that way inclined.
Wax London Khaki Heavy Twill Kurt Trousers
The thing with the Kurt pant from Wax London is that it’s been built to age like a fine wine. It’ll only get better with time. Made from 100% organic cotton, the pants come in a relaxed fit and slightly tapered cropped leg length, great for swooshing around slightly above a statement sneaker, be it chonk’ New Balance or Salomon. There’s an elasticated waist too which we all know is a green flag when it comes to comfort.
Dickies Eagle Bend Cargo Pant
Can’t do cargo without Dickies. Can’t. Not allowed. Proper tradie apparel, since taken up by skaters and now hypebeasts. The Eagle Bend is the brand’s classic relaxed men's cargo pant with pragmatic features coming as standard. Two side cargo pockets, reinforced knees and saddle and crafted from heavy stone-washed ripstop cotton. Nice over a pair of vans or boots.
Warehouse & Co Lot. 1098 US Army Herringbone Pants
Warehouse & Co have been producing high-quality, robust vintage inspired garments since 1995. It’s all about developing classic pieces. These US Army herringbone pants are no different. Herringbone’s broken weave makes it strong and durable whilst the cotton that makes 100% of the pant is from Japan. Wide silhouette, button fly and a flap closure completes the offering. Set an outfit off with them. Wear them above a smart shoe and under a soft-shouldered blazer.
Yankshire USAF 1957 Trousers, Vintage Poplin Olive
More military-inspired good stuff, this time Yankshire’s USAF 1957 trouser in vintage poplin olive. A '60s US Military classic worn by airforce mechanics, the design has since been given new purpose by Japanese brand Yankshire which falls under the 35 Summers umbrella. The high rise is what immediately sets them off, with a wide silhouette and front baker pant pockets. Wear them with an open short-sleeve shirt over a white t-shirt and a pair of loafers.
Stone Island Tapered Garment-Dyed Stretch-Cotton Cargo Trousers
Get the badge in. We’ve got a soft spot for these tapered-fit Stone Island cargo pants. Elastic waist ensures comfort whilst you’re guaranteed that beautiful garment dye colour that the brand is able to do so well. Bit of stretch in the cotton too. Where them with an aforementioned gorpcore trainer or go full terrace with an Adidas Samba and a utility jacket up top.