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Cargo Pants Are Back in An Understated Way

An Updated Cargo Pant From Boss
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* Modern take on a military classic
* Combines cargo pants with jogger trend
* Features six pockets in total for lots of utility

Has there ever been a more derided piece of men’s clothing than cargo pants? With the exception of leisure suits, probably not. But cargo pants have endured an exorbitant amount of scrutiny despite dipping in and out of fashion for close to a decade. Now they’re back, and Boss Orange has merged the classic military pant with the cuffed and tapered jogger trend of late.

Before this more recent resurgence, you might have owned a pair of cargo pants in college. You probably also stuffed the pockets with snacks and beer. Then you graduated, and realized that cargo shorts had become as passé as your high school varsity jacket. But times have changed. What was once out is now back in, and made much more fashionable.

Cargo pants first appeared in the U.S. during World War II, when American paratroopers adopted them as uniform. Back then, troopers would stuff the pockets with extra ammunition and rations. What you stuff them with now is up to you, but the pants – and pockets – haven’t lost their utility.

This rendition from Boss Orange features a dark green stretch-woven cotton and elastane blend, with a slight taper that starts at the knee down to the cuffed hems. The overall fit is slim but the seat and thighs are somewhat relaxed. For reference, a size 32 has a 30” inseam, 11” leg opening, 11” front rise, and 14 1/2” back rise. Buy it in your size – this is meant to fit appropriately, not sag down your backside.

Rendered in a dark green color that’s more metro than military, this is a grown up version of your college cargos. Pair it with a cable knit sweater or denim shirt, and finish the look with boots or sneakers.

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