Joshua Kissi: If you’re like me and can’t seem to fit your daily belongings into standard five-pocket pants, consider switching to cargo pants. Now an illustrious piece in both men’s and womenswear, cargo pants proved their durability and functionality in the battlefields before they were deemed fashionable on the runways. Though not recommended for the gentleman in his office cubicle, the pant is a comfortable alternative to trousers and jeans for those who cater to outdoor work.
From M-65 jackets to cargo pants, it’s important to understand the significant role military-inspired pieces have in today’s style and fashion scene. We constantly take these pieces with a distinct function and integrate it with other pieces to create a casual aspect, which always provides inspiration and playfulness.
Cargo pants arrived on the style scene during the 1990’s, stemming from an urban trend that everyone from myself to your favorite rap artist got in on. Instead of going with the usual aesthetic of pairing cargo pants with hiking or work boots, gentlemen around the world, particularly in Italy, have shown sartorial spurts of inspiration by coupling cargo pants with hard-bottom shoes and sport coats.
Cargo pants are pants with exterior pockets added to the legs and rear. They are used to carry large amounts of items on one’s person without requiring additional baggage.
Fit Description: The best thing about this post is probably how affordable cargo pants are thanks to your local US Army/Navy store. I, like yourself wanted to avoid the $200+ price tags for cargo pants. But the process doesn’t come to a halt there. A trip to your local tailor is in order to alter the pants, depending on your preference of fit. Cargo pants are made to fit loosely to aid in comfortable movement. Through the warmer months, loafers were my safe haven for every summer etiquette post. As temperatures dropped, though, wingtips became a good substitute.
UK shoe makers Grenson was the perfect choice to side with, their expertise in quality craftsmanship has provided the brand notoriety worldwide.
Tailoring Tip: Shortening the garment isn’t much of a difficult task with cargo pants. Understand that to completely slim down the whole leg, width may be compromised to an extent because of the side cargo pockets.
- J.Crew Henley
- GAP Tweed Vest
- BDU Cargo Pants $25.00 (Tailored)
- Vintage Belt
- Grenson wingtips
- Vintage Portfolio
- Aaron Handkerchief
After searching for a portfolio online, I finally came across this vintage portfolio on eBay for $5.99. It’s the perfect size to hold items such as folders or a laptop.
All pictures taken by our good friend Rog Walker
History : “Cargo pants were first worn in 1938 by British military personnel. These cargo pants were part of their Battle Dress Uniforms (BDUs). The original cargo pants style featured one pocket on the side thigh and one on the front hip. Cargo pants were first worn in the United States on military uniforms in the 1940s. The side cargo pockets initially were only on paratroopers’ uniforms, providing them with easy access to ammunition and radios.” – Ben Grant , University of Oxford 92