3 Chic Summer Cargo Pants & How to Style Them

Everyone loves the utilitarian appeal of cargo pants, and they’re still going strong for summer 2024. What has changed is that cargo pants and ways to style them have become more elegant. Here’s a look at some of the latest cargo pants for summer and chic ways to wear them.

Tan cropped cargo pants and floral top


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Cropped Cargo Joggers

If Cargo pants seem too boxy, baggy, and masculine for your style, you need to take a second look.  Though they started that way years ago (the reason I wasn’t initially big on them), there are now so many more styles to choose from.

Take these darling jogger utility pants, which are crisp and polished and taper towards the hem.  They have a comfy, stretch waistline and are cropped to give you a modern, sporty look. The shorter hem lets you flash a bit of leg and show off these cute, feminine-washed denim sandals.

You often think of cargo pants paired with dark, practical colors like olive, black, and grey, but I’ve gone a different route to make this outfit look more elegant.

I’ve paired these tan cargo joggers with this soft, pastel floral top. This French-inpspired Puff-Sleeve Blouse, gives this utilitarian look a more refined, feminine touch.

The cute fringy sandals and the mint green bag up the pretty factor, too.

If this top looks familiar to you, it’s because I have one just like it. Here is what this floral puff sleeve blouse looks like on me.


denim cargo pants and striped top outfit

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Wide Leg Denim Cargo Jeans

We’re used to wide-leg, boxy-looking cargo pants, but thankfully, a new wide-leg style has become popular this year, and for many of us,  it is so much more flattering. These wide-leg cargos look chic because they aren’t overdone. They fit nicely across the hips and flow gently outward to the perfect wide flare. The wash is classy, with only two patch pockets instead of 4 or 6!  Plus, that denim self-belt levels these jeans at least a few notches!

With this look, I kept things sporty and classic. Stripes always look fabulous with cargo jeans; this taupe-colored stripe is understated and classy.

If you own a pair of classic sneakers, you’re a cool gal this summer. I like this cute pair because they are streamlined and elegant rather than chunky and funky. A simple, relaxed leather bag and classic gold hoops with a modern square twist are all you need to look chic in summer cargo jeans.


green gauze cargo pants, white tunic

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Flowy Cargo Beach Pants

Flowy gauze tops, jackets, shorts, pants, you name it. Gauze is one of the top trending fabrics this summer, and we’re even seeing cargo pants made from it. These flowy, crinkled gauze beach pants with the drawstring waist and cargo design look super comfy, don’t they?

I always like having at least one loose, lightweight pants to keep me cool when it’s humid. These are a great choice and look vacation-like and beachy paired with this white linen tassel front tunic.

Who would have thought cargo pants could look so airy?

To play up the beach theme, I have accessorized with these darling straw platform slides and this white woven bag. Don’t you look at that circle shape? Beaded hoops add a touch of a boho vibe. This flowy cargo pants outfit is relaxed but classy!

The Final word on Styling Cargo Pants to look Casually Elegant

  • Wear a less boxy style of cargo pants. Try tapered/cropped, wide-leg denim or a relaxed, flowy gauze pair.
  • Pair cargo pants with feminine pieces like a floral blouse or classic pieces like a striped or  beachy tunic top
  • Experiment with fabrics.  Gauze cargo pants are a chic new spin on a practical classic.
  • Add the latest shoes and accessories to upscale your look.

Cargo pants are utilitarian, but that doesn’t mean you can make also look refined. Follow these tips to look casually chic in cargo pants at any age!

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2 thoughts on “3 Chic Summer Cargo Pants & How to Style Them

  1. Ugh, sorry to disagree but those big pockets on thighs still are really unflattering on most women and really don’t look “elegant.”

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