Cargo Pants Are Having A Summer Refresh

By Olivia Emily

2 months ago

Cargo pants are becoming an autumn essential – and now there’s a way to channel the trend in the warmer months

When did cargo trousers get cool? They’ve been kicking about for a few seasons now and, with the introduction of linen cargo pants, the trend sees no sign of waning. Here are the best breezier cargo pants on the market right now to add to your summer wardrobe.

Shop The Linen Cargo Pants Edit

Linen cargo pants from The White Company

The White Company

Linen Cargo Wide Leg Trousers, £110

Black cargo pants from Barbour


Williams Parachute Trousers, £129

Linen trousers from Benetton


Pure Linen Cargo Trousers, £79.95

Dusty red cargo pants from Wrap London

Wrap London

Cargo Trousers, Dusty Red, £149

A pair of mint trousers from Pilcro


808 Linen Beach Cargo Pants, Mint, £120

Green linen trousers from Fat Face

Fat Face

Demi Cargo Trousers, £69

A woman wearing dark blue trousers

Free People

Carry On Cargo Trousers, Ink, £70


What To Wear With Cargo Pants

The beauty of cargo pants is their versatility. Originally created for soldiers, these trousers are designed to withstand rough work in outdoor environments (though the same cannot honestly be said for linen versions), and feature plenty of pockets to hold items like field dressings and maps (hence why you might feel like you’re embarking on a school geography trip when you wear them). Here are some styling ideas…

1. Lean Into Utility

Pair your cargo pants with a utility vest or jacket to create a cohesive look.

2. Go Big

Pair your baggy cargo pants with an equally baggy jumper, cardigan or T-shirt to create a cool, casual and comfortable look.

3. Create Contrast

Or go in the totally opposite direction and pair your cargo pants with a tighter top like a baby tee or a racerback vest.

4. Plain White Tee

If in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a plain white tee, always creating a classic, crisp look. Alternatively, go bold with a splash of colour to add a bit more visual interest.

5. Collared Shirt

Smarten your cargo pants up with a contrasting dress or polo shirt to create a modern vibe.