I had a style epiphany in April last year. Courtesy of a pair of men's skate trousers, my holy fashion grail had been found: casual pants that actually fit without me having to get them tailored or finding them stretch tightly across my thighs and then gaping at the waist.
If you're like me—smaller in the waist but more rounded out in the thighs and butt—you'll know that locating flattering trousers and jeans is a regular shopping Everest. So many impossible trousers have been climbed into, and so many times I've failed to look good in them. No matter the price tag, there are few pairs out there that cater to a curvier figure apart from stretchy leggings. That's why I was elated to discover that cargo pants were my surprising match, and luckily they're having a moment in the spotlight this autumn.
I'd been wanting camo trousers for a while and took a chance on a pair from a niche skate brand with a few items on ASOS: Obey's (miracle) camo cargo pants, which are still available on Amazon for £44 should you want to follow suit. I've always known that I look best in silhouettes that can be cinched around my waist and then fall a bit looser around the legs, so I bought a size up and put my collection of belts to use.
Sure, these can be worn baggy with a sweatshirt and sneaks, but I decided to go down a more Carrie Bradshaw–inspired route and wear them with a tucked-in top, rolled-up hems (a little ankle always goes a long way to making my 5'1" frame that tiny bit taller) and some fancy bow heels.
I received a few compliments on these trousers and felt rather smug telling people that I'd bought them for a snip on ASOS and that they're not even womenswear. They've worked for the office (and I'll still wear them in the colder weather with sock boots and jumpers), but they've also been great for those nights where you have plans but don't want to look OTT.
Fancy some more cargo-pant inspo for the new season? Scroll down to see how the fashion set have been wearing theirs.
Style Notes: If beige isn't your thing, then rest assured that there are plenty of other iterations out there. This pale blue pair looks so chic with an oversized blazer—just swap in ballet pumps for a more low-key finish.