Fashion: Style Tips: How to Wear Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants

There’s no denying that military-inspired pieces have been steadily marching their way into our wardrobes left, left, left, right, and left over the past few years. In fact, utilitarian details and edgy elements are trending now more than ever! So how do you keep your favorite utility jacket and cargo pants feeling fresh? With a few easy-to-replicate outfit formulas, your closet will be ready to combat any style rut.

 

The Statement Piece: Utility Jacket

Currently classified as a wardrobe staple, a cargo military jacket will be on rotation as frequently as your go-to denim and moto jackets. Whether it’s plain army green (our new favorite neutral) or plastered in a camo print, it pairs well with so many pieces that your outfit possibilities are endless. 

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Camo Jacket

Add a Complementary Color: Fiery Red 

Pairing camo with an all neutral ensemble is always the safe bet, but the more striking color combo you may be overlooking is olive green plus a fiery shade of red. Whether you start small with a sassy shade of lipstick, incorporate the hue into your handbag, or layer a casual tee, it’s the perfect pop to add to an otherwise ordinary outfit.

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Red Shirt

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Red Shirt

Finish the Look With: Detailed Denim 

To keep your cargo jacket outfit low-key without blending into the background, complete your look with a pair of detailed denim. Features like exaggerated cuffs, raw finishings, and utilitarian elements ensure you have an eye-catching get-up from head to hem.  

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Frayed Denim

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Zippered Denim

The Statement Piece: Skinny Cargo Pants

Also known as utility chinos, the skinny cargo pant is the edgier alternative to the classic chino. More streamlined than the baggy and belted cargo pants trend of the past, thoughtfully placed zippers and strategic seams elevate this style from outdated to on-point. 

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Utility Chinos

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Utility Chinos

Plays Well With: Stripes

Stripes have long been a seriously powerful pattern. They’ve seamlessly stood the test of time, and whether bold or barely there, they make a big statement when paired with a cargo pant. Together, they’re the trend that’s taking over, and we’re happy to say it’s here to stay. 

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Striped T-Shirt

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Striped Top

Finish the Look With: Minimalist Accessories

With stripes and army surplus-style details as the focal points of your ensemble, simple accessories are the perfect compliment. When it comes to jewelry, stick to your familiar favorites, then stow your everyday essentials in an oversized tote or modern backpack.

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Half United Necklace

Utility Jackets & Cargo Pants: Faux Leather Backpack