If you’re only looking for a few pieces this Fall, definitely consider getting a skinny cargo pant. They began trending last Spring and are totally mainstream and on-trend for the upcoming season.
Initially, I had mixed feelings about them, probably because of my aversion to traditional cargos. Those have always been too crunchy and utilitarian for my style. Plus, the loose silhouette and giant pockets (although convenient) are never, never flattering– especially on people who are short like me.
But the new skinny cargos largely resolve those issues. The sleeker silhouette makes a huge difference, and the pockets sit flatter to the body, which keeps them from adding extra bulk and width to the legs. Overall, the effect is very sassy-girl-in-the-city as opposed to just-got-my-first-job-as-a-camp-counselor. So I think they’re a win and a great way to make your wardrobe scream 2010!
A couple of thoughts about wearing them:
- They work because they combine a sexy shape with no-nonsense flair. Build on that by pairing them with body-conscious, streamlined pieces. Just remember to keep it modern and basic. Adding overly frilly or feminine elements will just confuse the look.
- As always, wearing the right shoe is important. Unless you’ve got long legs, try to add a slight heel, but avoid Carrie Bradshaw-esque stilettos. Good bets are wedge flats, gladiator styled shoes, some ankle boots, and some pumps.
- These can be appropriate for a casual office. Treat them like you would skinny jeans and wear a balanced top or blouse.
- Still hesitant? Consider colors like gray or black rather than the traditional khaki and army green.
Some quick thoughts about how to wear a specific pair of skinny cargos two different ways.
Acrobat coral cotton open front cardigan at Bluefly.com, Chelsea & Violet Skinny Cargo Pants at Dillards.com,
BIG BUDDHA Catrina Hobo at Endless.com, A. Byer Print Tank at Sears.com, Guess Lawri Wedges at Macys.com, Multi-chain Necklace at OldNavy.com, and Hammered Cuff Bracelet at OldNavy.com.
Tarnish Houndstooth Challis Scarf at Nordstrom.com,
Circa Joan & David Women’s Cameo T-Strap Pump at Endless.com, h.i.p. Sequin Camisole Tunic (Juniors) at Nordstrom.com, Chelsea & Violet Skinny Cargo Pants at Dillards.com, Lace-trim Cami at OldNavy.com, Fossil Crystal Earrings at 6pm.com, and
Savanna Woven Box Clutch at Endless.com.