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Would You Wear… Skinny Cargo Pants?


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Cargo pants are no longer a style reserved for baggy, unfitted jeans. As we reported back in May, skinny cargos are one of the season’s hottest trends, and they aren’t going anywhere for Fall 2010.

Balmain started this trend when they popularized this look on the runways. Shortly after, J Brand began to mass produce the Houlihan style, sending the look into a full-blown phenomenon. If you want to get in on this trend for fall 2010, there are many savvy options available in stores right now:

Free People Cargo Skinny PantUrban Outfitters Cargo Skinny Pant
Product Information: Free People, Urban Outfitters

One of the best things about skinny cargo pants is that they are easily incorporated into your existing wardrobe. They work with baggy or tight tops, chunky shoes, flats, jackets, and a variety of sweaters. The cargo skinny also looks fabulous and flattering on virtually any body type – it’s all about finding the right fit and style to work with your shape.

So… would you wear skinny cargos?

The whole point of this post is to get your opinions… so let us know what you think of this trend by leaving a comment! How do you feel about the return of the cargo pant? How would you wear this trend? Leave a comment and let me know all the details.

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50 Responses to “Would You Wear… Skinny Cargo Pants?”

  1. 1
    August 31st, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    GOD YES! I love these :D

  2. 2
    August 31st, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    OMG YES!! There are two in Charlotte Russe that I *so* want!!

  3. 3
    August 31st, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Definitely! The only thing I fear is that they will go out of style faster than a blink, and that I won’t get much wear out of them…

  4. 4
    August 31st, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    This is definitely a YES! I want the J. Brand Houlihans!

  5. 5
    August 31st, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    These are sooo hawt if you wear them properly. They look FAB with heels and a feminine top.

  6. 6
    August 31st, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    I really love this trend. It incorporates lots of my favorite style elements: natural colors, versatility, menswear inspired, and edginess, just to name a few.

  7. 7
    August 31st, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    definitely, if I find a reasonably priced pair that flatters. The free people ones are ideal!

  8. 8
    August 31st, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    They are SO cute, but I’m not sure that it would flatter girls with wide hips; I think the pockets on the sides would call attention to the wider hipped girls out there. However, I would definitely like to try. They are SO cute. Definitely a fan :)

  9. 9
    August 31st, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I’m still not a huge fan of skinny jeans in general. I own two pairs, but I only ever wear them when I tuck them inside boots. I am short and have a large chest, so I feel that skinny jeans just make me look even more top heavy, kind of like an ice cream cone. I love cargo, but I think I will skip the skinny until I can find a pair that convinces me to actually like the trend. As of now, however, I still only find this look appealing on super thin girls (which I am not).

  10. 10
    August 31st, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I will definitely be wearing these! I think they’re so easy to work into my personal style/wardrobe. :)


  11. 11
    August 31st, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    I LOVE skinny cargos! I was skeptical at first but then I found the perfect pair by Elle for Kohls. CF has talked about skinny cargos a ton lately but I still havent seen any outfits with them. A post about how to wear skinny cargos in different settings (class, date night, out with the girls) would be fantastic :D

  12. 12
    August 31st, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I LOVE this new trend! I’ve been wanting an alternative for jeans for such a long time now and the skinny cargos are perfect! :) I’m thinknig of getting a pair in dark gray but I’m not too sure what colors to pair it with besides black, white, and pink. You should do an article that shows some outfits ideas with the skinny cargos in all different colors! :)

  13. 13
    August 31st, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Love that I came across this..found some at Macys last month, tried them on and fell in LOVE. …not knowing that they were going to be a big ‘trend hit’. I still need to get them tailored. so I’ve been trying them on rolled under with new tops & sweaters when I bring them home!

    I got dark olive green ones and they look super cute with my zebra print heels from Aldo! I can tell they will be one of my fall fave/classic pieces. I paired mine with all my cutsie cardigans and flash dance tops to see what that looked like and its gonna be GOOOOOD stuff!

    they also had them in black. should I return and by them as well???? hmmmm. possibly!

  14. 14
    August 31st, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Um… yeah, no. I’m in the same boat as Rin – skinny pants just aren’t that flattering on me to begin with, and my hips are on the wide side, so sticking protruding pockets on them just adds emphasis to an area I try my hardest to downplay. Unless I try on a pair that miraculously is flattering, I don’t think I’ll be buying a pair anytime soon.

  15. 15
    August 31st, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I love cargo pants, since they’re more lightweight than jeans and therefore nicer to wear in hot weather (plus I can put my phone in a more voluminous pocket on my knee and avoid the huge lump it makes on my hip). I can’t wear skinnies, but I do like bootcut!

  16. 16
    August 31st, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    LOVE them!
    But I haven’t worn them yet…
    Could you guys do a post on different ways to wear skinny cargos?

  17. 17
    August 31st, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I love the idea, but with my figure, I’d need to find a pair with pocket placement that doesn’t accentuate the hips/thighs.

  18. 18
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Yes most def !!!!

  19. 19
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Nice, as long as the pockets hit the right spots. Most cargo pants are soooooo baggy that I only own one pair for practicality’s sake. These look prefect.

  20. 20
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    This trend looks best on skinny girls, but I do love it!

  21. 21
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    For those who are worried about the hip pockets: cut the pocket our and sew the pocket shut. A tailor can do it quickly and easily. I do that with a lot of pants. It’ll still look like a pocket but won’t add bulk.

  22. 22
    August 31st, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Deja ‘Vu

    Wasnt this posted before?

    Looks cute, but only for those famous enough to pull it off.

  23. 23
    August 31st, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I love them! but i’ll be wearring them with flats since heels and school dont go well for me:)

  24. 24
    August 31st, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    i love this trend! i hope it continues to be more than a trend and actually sticks around for a while! im a skinny jean kinda girl so these are really cool! i think im going to search around a bit before i invest in a pair. anyone have any good suggestions for a place that has an amazing pair? preferably a company that can ship to canada?

  25. 25
    August 31st, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I actually bought a pair a few years ago, and had no idea that they would become such a trend! Love them.

  26. 26
    September 1st, 2010 at 12:22 am

    LOVE THESE! Could you do a post on how to wear skinny cargos?! I’d love to know what I can match them with :)

  27. 27
    September 1st, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Yes! I got a really nice pair from Zara recently that I love!

  28. 28
    September 1st, 2010 at 3:26 am

    I like the shoes very much. I have a pair of sunglasses as the picture.

  29. 29
    September 1st, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Any tips on outfits/fashion challenge maybe?
    I’m so tempted to buy some but I’m trying hard not to buy new trends that don’t fit into my wardrobe :)

  30. 30
    September 3rd, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Yesss! I love this trend. I was a little skeptical at first but now I’m a fan. I’m 5’8 and a size 9/10 and I didn’t notice too much bulk added from the pockets.

  31. 31
    September 3rd, 2010 at 3:08 am

    I am still on the fence. I very much like looking at them on other people, and I am quite ready for an alternative to denim that retains the fabulous skinny cut, but I feel that I somehow cannot bring my Southern, girly self to wear cargoes. Perhaps it’s because I wore them as a tween, and now they seem somehow childish to me as well as boyish. I am thinking I definitely need to purchase a pair of skinny chinos in olive green, though, and if I really like those perhaps I’ll push the envelope and try the pockets!

  32. 32
    September 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    Yes! I have a pair from target. They’re really cute.

  33. 33
    September 5th, 2010 at 3:58 am

    Yes, I love mine, especially with the special little equestrian-style details!

    Anyone looking for an affordable pair: Material Girl at Macy’s, $28

  34. 34
    September 5th, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    yes yes yes yes yes !!! i luv these but i dont know wear 2 find them someone tell me but im really small so i fit in juniors still

  35. 35
    September 5th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    They`re gorgeous: The best of both worlds!

  36. 36
    September 6th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I would totally rock skinny cargo pants, with a off-the-shoulder top and a fadora, definitely look hot.

  37. 37
    September 9th, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Heck YES!! I already have a pair. Everyone says to pair them with heels, but I prefer combat boots. I am totally into the military fashion!!

  38. 38
    September 9th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of people saying that they can’t wear skinnies because of their wider hips. Well, I’ve that whole small waist-wide hips thing going too, and I still find ways to wear skinny jeans and cargo pants. Just pair them with a top that isnt too clingy. With skinny cargo pants, try a military jacket or a lacy babydoll top. :) Love you hippy chic!

  39. 39
    September 10th, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I am also very skeptical of skinny trends, and here’s why: I have broad shoulders, a large chest, a small waist and wide hips. Sometimes skinny styles make me look freaky instead of sexy. To counter this problem I always choose a not to low rise. My favorite skinny pants are Banana Republic Martin fits. For you girls out there who are talking about not being able to wear skinny trends, I highly suggest you invest in a pair of BR Martin skinny’s. They are the most flattering pants I have ever put on. I have been eyeing the JBrand skinny cargos at Piperlime, but I am unsure if it will make my hips look huge. Has anyone out there tried these out? If I get them (in most likely olive/dark green like VB), I will wear them with either a well tailored shirt, or a nice flowy top. A military style jacket with good details will also help to narrow the shoulders. Also with skinny’s for us girls with wide shoulders & hips, higher heels do the trick to balance out the frame. 4″ heels put me at 6’0 tall which is the perfect height for my body frame. Invest in a good pair though because I am almost 30 now, and my poor choices in footwear in my early days have really began taking the toll on my leg health (Chin splints!) I recommend Cole Haan because of the NIke Air integrated technology. They are a lifesaver.

  40. 40
    September 19th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    YES! OMG i WOULD WEar these with a pair of brown high tops! Not Converse, though. I f anybody watches Covert Affairs, you know that episode where she went to Toronto with the guy from Iran? Well you know the shoes she’s wearing in the second half? (Theres a part where she’s tying her shoes) She’s wearing them with greenish brown skinny cargos. But OMG I loveee those shoes! I t is perfectt with cargos! I just wish I knew where I could get them!

  41. 41
    September 30th, 2010 at 7:30 am

    They have them at pac sun for 29.99 and they are currently half off! so only 14.99! and a great quality. check em out!

  42. 42
    October 1st, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    AHH love them! i ordered a pair the other day from ‘owntherunway’ and they should be coming soooon :D

  43. 43
    October 28th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I absolutely love my cargo skinny jeans! I just have no clue what shoes to wear with them. I have a light brown pear and a black pair. Does anyone know what kind of shoes to wear with them?

  44. 44
    June 4th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    These seem like something that you would only find at a womens boutique. They seem alright, I suppose it depends on what style you like.

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