When it comes to cargo pants, you either hate ’em or love ’em—there’s no in between. After all, the baggy, oversized style tends to give ‘suburban dad in a touristy element’ vibe. We’ve always known that cargo pants are functional, thanks to all those pockets, but not exactly fashionable. Guess what? Things. Have. Changed! These days, cargo pants are a stylish option for nailing that chill, cool girl aesthetic and remixing a more formal look.
Street style queens Rihanna and Zendaya flawlessly execute the look over and over again, and that obvi makes us ready to retire any past hangups about cargo pants. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean finding the right pair(s) will be just as effortless. So, we took it upon ourselves to make shopping the divisive style easy for you. (You’re welcome!)
The cool thing about cargo pants is that they can be worn year-round and there’s a pair for everyone. See for yourself—in this list, you’ll find patterned pants, pretty colors, fun, and classic silhouettes!
Our top picks for the best cargo pants of 2022:
BTW, if you’re trying to get your summer wardrobe together, here are some flirty summer dresses and lightweight pants to make life easier. And if you have no idea what to wear or how to pair ’em, this list of major summer outfit inspo is just what you need.
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best bright-hued pair
BDG Baggy Cotton Cargo Pants
These lime green pants will spark creativity, whether you’re at work or chillin’ on the weekend. Wherever you wear this comfy cotton pair, all those pockets will come in handy, obvi!
best for corduroy fans
BP. Corduroy Cargo Pants in Coral Apricot at Nordstrom
- fall, winter & spring weather-friendly
- snug crotch fit per reviews
These wide-ribbed corduroy pants will be in heavy rotation all spring...and fall and winter, too. Coral’s not your color? No prob. These utility-inspired cargos also come in a pretty shade of blue.
Rave Review: One excited reviewer shared, “It’s just like the picture! These pants are honestly amazing! I was nervous to buy pants online without trying them on but they fit perfectly and have a little bit of stretch to them, which is nice! 10/10 would recommend! I’m 5’6, weigh 150 lbs. and bought a size 29.”
best sleek style
Zara Cargo Pants
It’s giving runway chic. This mid-rise pair has pockets everywhere (love!) and a sleek silhouette, so they’re perfect for cargo pants skeptics.
best straight leg style
Eloquii Straight Leg Cargo Ankle Pant
- contour waistband
- wide cargo side pockets
We love a good straight leg pant! This mustard pair is perf for adding some color to your work wardrobe.
best ankle-zip cargo pants
Guess Twill Utility Pants
Goodbye, denim! Hello, twill cargos. These high-rise babies feature cool elastic cuffs and ankle zipper details. Plus, they come in half a dozen great hues.
best for comfort
YFB CLOTHING Clyde Cargo Pant
- lightweight, soft material
- perfect colors
Did someone say, “drawstring waist?!” Oh yeah! Plus, you’re going to love the incredibly soft fabric (it’s tencel).
Rave Review: Here’s what one reviewer said: “Love the fit and fabric. It’s a little short but just as pictured. I’m ordering the other two colors!”
if you’re a minimalist
MANGO Mid-Rise Straight Jeans
For a crisp, clean look, these mid-rise straight-legged jeans with cool decorative seams from MANGO’s Committed Collection are for you.
if you love hot pink
Rebdolls Kick Back Wide Leg Cargo Pants
- vibrant color
- wide size range
How fun is this fuchsia pair? This wide leg cargo style fits true to size, according to reviewers, and the stretch rayon material is super comfy.
Rave Review: One reviewer wrote, “These pants are too cute and comfortable!”
best for matching with the fam
SANGTREE Cargo Pants
- amazon bestsellers
- gen z approved
Why are pink cargo pants just so good?! This pastel pair has a tapered jogger shape. Since they’re available from toddler size 3T to 3XL, customers adore that everyone in the family can wear (on repeat).
Rave Review: “Love these pants,” writes one reviewer. “I wore them for a dance routine lip sync event and they were really comfy. These are really affordable and nice lightweight fabric. Good quality materials and seam work. Very flexible, I can walk comfortably and can do a full squat with no problems. I do have to tie them if I want them to stay up on my waist rather than my hips but that’s not that big of a problem. The elastic is nice and even throughout. Ankle elastic isn’t too tight. The pocket has a little patch that says ‘It’s fine, I’m fine, everything’s fine’ and I think that’s adorable. I’d definitely recommend these.”
best for versatility
Libin Lightweight Women’s Cargo Joggers
- cool & breathable fabric
- lots of colors
If you need cargo pants to wear to work, on a walk, or, well, pretty much anywhere, these won’t let you down. Bonus: there are multiple colors to choose from!
Rave Review: “I bought these pants to work in,” says one reviewer. “I needed something lightweight with ample and secure pockets. They have exceeded my expectations so much so that after I received my first pair, I went back to order 3 more. I needed a pant that I would not trip over the bottoms, that dried fast and would not slide down every time I had to bend over. With the wide elastic waist band and tie, these stay put. The zippered pockets allow me to keep my keys and money secured, and the side cargo pockets with velcro closures keep my cellphone safe and clean. Most of all, they are COMFORTABLE and wash really nice. I am never working in hot jeans again!”
best fancy cargo pants
CAMI NYC Elsie Pant
- multiple colors
There’s something about this charmeuse material that will make you want to slip into this slinky pair ASAP and…maybe never take them off?
Rave Review: “This is so cute,” writes one reviewer. It’s the perfect combo of casual and class.”
best cargo-jogger hybrid
Rebdolls On Time Jogger Cargo Pants
- not available in neutrals
Everyone needs a pair of olive green pants, and these cargo-meets-jogger pants combine the best of both styles.
best relaxed cut
Levi Loose Cargo Women’s Pants
- the lighter shades are a lil see through
It’s time to let loose! These relaxed-fit cargo pants gives us the chill vibe of the weekend with an easy, effortless fit and v deep pockets to store all your goodies.
Rave Review: These are very comfortable,” says one reviewer. “I really love the way the material feels is soft and light is perfect for the summer! I also like how the pockets in the side are big so you can easily put your phone in there without having to put any force Buy them you won’t regret it.”
best satin style
Dolls Kill x Bratz Passion For Satin Cargo Pants
- the bratz collab we didn’t know we needed
- logo tape cannot be removed
If you wanna be transported right back to childhood, you need these satin babies. These straight-leg cargo pants are accessorized with Bratz (!!) logo tape detailing. Here’s your chance to be the doll of your dreams.
if you’re a jeans fanatic
MANGO Pocket Cargo Jeans
- Recycled cotton-blend fabric
- adjustable hem
Denim enthusiasts, take note: This low-waist pair with cinched trim at the ankles is a fresh addition to your blues lineup.
if you love slouchy jeans
River Island Aria Cargo Dad Jeans
You can never have too much denim, am I right? Love this light-wash pair’s oversized proportions.
best for chinos fans
Guess Eco Bowie Cargo Chino
- elastic cuffs
- ankle zipper detail
Not a denim gal? No prob. You’ll stand out in this high-rise chino cargos. The ankle zipper detail is such a cute touch!
best slouchy style
Zara Cargo Pants
- elastic waistband
- adjustable straps with elastic cord and toggle
These slouchy, sky blue pants are basically perf: a high waist, cool pleats at the knee, and such a pretty color. What more do you need?!
best tapered pair
Phillip Lim Tapered Cargo Pants
- pockets everywhere!
- 100% cotton
You need this staple in your closet! We’re v into the tapered cuffs. The quality is *chef’s kiss*!
best twill pick
Good American Good ’90s Cargo Pants
These pants look white at first glance, but they’re actually the faintest purple. The twill material is great for spring, too.
ASOS I Saw It First Curve Wide Leg Cargo Pants
You can never go wrong with a crisp, wide-leg style. Get into the scrunchie-esque details on this pair.
best patterned pair
ASOS DESIGN Oversized Cargo Pants in Bright Green Check
- functional pockets
- breathable pants
Feelin’ funky? The check print design on these oversized cargo pants is a huge fashion win.
best for dressing up
Zara Full Length Cargo Pants
Asymmetrical details? Yes, please! Adding this sophisticated pair to cart ASAP.
best leather style
Romeo Hunte Pretty in Pink Stirrup Pant
- limited size range
It’s givin’ equestrian meets high fashion! Love how designer Romeo Hunte remixed the Cargo pants get totally remixed in bubblegum pink leather. Plus: stirrups! You’ll stand out anywhere you go in these pants.
best for the office
Zara Soft Cargo Pants
- non-functional back pocket
Soft and polished! Show up in the office with these high-waisted, straight leg pants and be prepared to effortlessly own the room.
if you love sweats
Nike Sportswear Icon Clash Cargo Pants
All about comfort? These straight-leg cargo pants are right up your alley. A cool alternative to your fave sweatpants, these are perfect for throwing on after the gym.
best drawstring waist
RSQ Womens Drawstring Cargo Pants
Will Y2K ever die? We think not. Chill out in this relaxed pair that features a wide leg and adjustable drawstring waistband.
Rave Review: “Highly recommend,” starts one reviewer. “I love the way these fit and feel! I’ve been looking for a pair of cargos that give that cool girl vibe and these are definitely it <3”
best retro vibes
Collina Strada Printed Wide Leg Cargo Pants
- instant mood-booster
- endless pockets
- may be difficult to style
Let’s. Get. Groovy. These pants are loud in the best way possible, and ridiculously ’70s! Psychedelic stripes swirl across these butterfly-bedecked cargo pants. Far-out fashion—we’re here for it.
if you love bold hues
AGR Colorblocked Gradient Cargo Pants
We can’t get enough of a wide-silhouette cut pant. These bold, gradient color blocked cargo trousers are a moment, and the cool contrast topstitching is an added bonus!
best ultra-luxe pair
Fe Noel Cargo Panty Pants
- asymmetrical yoke
- heavyweight (best for cooler months)
Take a good look at the drawstring cuffs on this glam option. Adding these billowy beauties to cart in 3, 2, 1…
Wondering how to style cargo pants?
Before this well-researched (and stylish) list, I wasn’t a cargo gal, but now I’m ready to add them to my closet, stat, and unleash some creativity via styling. Gone is the frumpy connotation—today, cargo pants for women look crazy fashionable, functional (who wouldn’t want extra pockets?!), and all-around fun.
You can take some notes from street style stars and pair the loose bottoms with a crop top and slinky heels or sneakers. Or, if you’re into cozy feels, why not try a chunky knit and booties? There’s also something so alluring about pairing a delicate blouse with far-from-delicate bottoms. We love a good juxtaposition! With this baggy staple, you can dress up or down (utility-styles are perf for this), and that’s probably one of the best parts.
So, how did we choose the best cargo pants for you?
Cosmo’s team of digital fashion experts—which includes Fashion Features Director Rachel Torgerson, Fashion Editor Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien, and Contributing Fashion Editor Maggie Griswold—have decades of combined experience in the industry. They spot relevant trends on the runway before they even hit your TikTok FYP or Insta Explore Page and conduct research across retailers of all kinds—testing many brands IRL—to bring you the best clothing and accessory picks for every season. Basically, we’ve curated the internet to bring you the chicest options like it’s our job (because it is, heh). Each of our shopping articles adheres to the 15 Percent Pledge and includes products for all sizes.
For this article, we checked the runways and considered ready-to-wear styles, monitored online reviews, considered on-trend color palettes and easy-to-style choices to determine the best cargo pants for you.
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