My Jeans Can Take a Break—I'm Now Wearing These Casual Trousers Instead

By now, you'll be well acquainted with the never-ending '90s and noughties renaissance that has been dominating fashion for some time. If the Juicy Couture tracksuit or dangerously low-slung jeans revival didn't give you the heads up, then it'll be TikTok and its many users' sudden obsession with mini bags, trucker caps and hair gems—often worn together with total commitment to the full throwback look.

For those of us lucky enough to have worn the best that the late nineties and millennium had to offer the first time around, it's been a nostalgic trip down memory lane—I dare you to check out the Blumarine S/S 22 show and not feel all of the Tammy Girl feels. However, if you don't relish the thought of donning a handkerchief halterneck top and dusting off your platform trainers, there are more elevated ways to tap into the trend, and the first—and perhaps most important—is via a pair of cargo trousers.

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Part sportswear and part utility with a healthy dash of All Saints energy (the girl group, not the brand), this laidback style is one of the more surprising pieces to have reappeared in my Instagram feed lately, but as with any trend that champions comfort first, I'm here for it.

With styles ranging from classic khaki to tonal tan, a wealth of cargo trousers have appeared on the high street almost overnight, but the brand to truly give cargo trousers the luxe makeover they so desperately needed is none other than The Frankie Shop. As soon as the now sold-out Jenna Cargo Pants dropped a couple of months ago, they were considered an influencer must-have. And for those a little sceptical about the ubiquitous shade of milkshake pink, the brand also has nine styles of cargo trouser currently available, from the slim-line and silky Lauren to the voluminous, oversized Hailey.

Perhaps I've taken so well to cargo trousers because they were a natural progression from the loungewear I loved during lockdown, or perhaps it's the nostalgia, but either way, forget everything you once knew about these baggy combat trousers. The new styles on the block are anything but teenage.

So keep scrolling for 10 of the best pairs of cargo trousers that will make transitional seasonal dressing that much easier.

See How the Fashion Set Is Styling Cargo Pants 

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With a layered knitted vest, belly chain and sneakers, this look couldn't be more 1997.

When in doubt, simply add in all of your favourite basics and treat your cargos like jeans.

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Cargo pants can act as the casual foil to a fun party top or layered dress.

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Simply add the season's bright shirting, and you instantly modernise the look.

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I do love a cargo-pant-and-heel combination—very Carrie Bradshaw.

Shop the Best Cargo Pants

A wide-legged pair of tailored trousers perfect for those looking for grown-up cargo. 

Abercrombie's utility trousers come in nine sizes and three leg lengths to help you get your best fit. 

These lightweight cotton twill trousers come in classic khaki brown as well as an updated shade of off-white.

Who knew a pair of cargos could work so well for a night-out look?

Camo and cargo pants are like strawberries and cream. The two are better together.

Allsaints's tapered trousers are slightly cropped, so you can make the most of them with an ankle boot. 

An ultra-soft brushed cotton pair is an easy weekend staple. 

A jogger/cargo hybrid for your post-gym cool-down. 

A combat trouser straight out of the '90s: baggy, wide-legged, and plenty of pockets and toggles for a utility finish. Cargo trousers don't get more practical than this. 

So you like the trend, but 100 pockets is too many. These slim-fit organic cotton trousers are more of a subtle nod to the style.

Inspired by statement pink? These come in mint green, too. Wallflowers need not apply. 

Trust Ganni to put a unique spin on the style with this topstitch detailing.

Denim and cargos aren't mutually exclusive—you can have the best of both worlds.

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