What do cargo pants mean?

Literally, cargo pants are military trousers designed for hard labor and outdoor activities, mostly used in industrial environments. Over the years, and largely thanks to their unmatched combination between durability and comfort, those hard-wearing bottoms have slowly become a crucial garment in the ready-to-wear landscape. Shortly, green army or khaki pants equipped with lateral pockets and elasticated ankles are the classic specimen of cargo pants turned into a lifestyle and streetwear staple. The selection of SPECTRUM counts cargo pants of any kind including the latest models from Carhartt WIP, Dickies, Converse, Polar Skate & more.

How are jeans with side pockets called?

In the wide world of cargoes there’s also room for denim cargo pants, stronger and more durable than plain cargoes. Carhartt WIP Single Knee and Double Knee fall into that category: made in a thick grammage denim texture, they feature a hammer loop that caps off a loose fitting silhouette that’s perfect for a lifestyle use. Oversize denim cargo pants also come from Dickies, which add a wide variety of jeans bottoms and military pants to the ever-present offering of 874 chino pants.

How do cargo pants fit?

There are mainly two types of cargo pants: a tighter model with a wearability that ranges between regular and slim, and oversized pants with a loose fitting. The former category encompasses sport pants and joggers, together with a whole selection of casual pants, usually coming in bold patterns and with few side pockets. The latter, instead, includes the most authentic cargoes: those models are built following the same loose cut of the first utility pants, conveying those heritage vibes typical of vintage cargo pants that can still be found in thrift shops around the world. A long list that takes in camo pants, Carhartt WIP original cargoes and also many skate-inspired cargo pants, like those from Polar Skate and Butter Goods.

Which sneakers should I wear with cargo pants?

Pairing cargo pants with a printed T-shirt and pair of sneakers is pretty immediate. That said, this kind of bottoms remains pretty versatile, embodying the all-around functionality of contemporary casual clothing. Few examples: if you’re wearing true workwear cargoes such as the Carhartt Aviation, you can easily complete your street outfit with a pair of Air Force 1 or some casual shoes from Clarks Originals. With a pair of outdoor pants you should go for an appropriate footwear solution, which means some outdoor sneakers from Salomon Sportstyle and a waterproof shell jacket from Arc’teryx. On the contrary, for a full sportswear style you need a pair of retro sneakers and hooded sweatshirts like rain.

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