Slim Utility & Cargo Pants That Won’t Make You Look Bottom Heavy

Utility pants are a nice change from jeans but in the past I stayed clear because I found them too baggy and bulky. I’m a curvy gal with an hour glass figure and they made me look bottom heavy like a tank! and make you look bottom-heavy?

But last summer slimmer styles started popping up and I ended up buying this really cute pair.   Here’s why I love them and how they fit!

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Slim Utility and  Cargo Pants – Great for Curves!

These slim utility pants are fabulous because they’re a cross between skinny jeans and utility pants! They have a midrise waist, which suits everyone, and they are slim across the hips and bum but not tight. They fall straight down, staying close to your legs which makes them slimming, but they don’t cling to your body.

I love how they end just above the ankle with a jogger-style elastic hem. I have been hard-pressed to find a pair of joggers that were all that flattering on me,  but these look great! They have a small ankle zipper on each pant leg that you can partially undo if you want them to be looser or if you’re going for a sportier look.


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Are they Comfy?

As for comfort, my slim cargo pants feel great and are easy to move around in. They’re light but not too thin, and they are comfy. I was thrilled to come across these because, frankly, although I love white jeans, I get tired of them, and blue jeans always look and feel so hot and heavy in summer.

It’s funny, I was reading the reviews on these slim utility pants, and many said that they were so impressed that they bought a second or third pair in another color, which I did too. I bought them in this light cream, which is so fresh, and then I went back, and I bought them in this Maverick Tan color, which is a little more casual but just as great looking.

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Where to Wear Them?

In my eyes, these are the perfect summer pants! You can wear them to the grocery store, doctor’s appt, at a casual workplace, dinner, to the movies, or anywhere on weekends. You can dress them up or down, and they’re ideal if you are going on vacation. I could imagine myself in Europe, sightseeing, wearing these fabulous pants. They’re practical, slimming, and more feminine than most cargo pants. They look great accessorized with a straw tote.

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What to Wear With Slim Utility  Pants

You need a cute tee (or cotton shirt)  to wear with these pants. I always love stripes because they are sporty,  but I get bored of navy or black. I picked up two striped tees in a pretty coral and a classy taupe—each with a slightly different cut. The coral tee is boxy, and you can half-tuck it in for that relaxed cool-girl look, and the second one, the taupe striped tee is fitted and has a sleeker, sportier vibe. I always find @bananarepublic has soft, comfy tees, and just like these pants, they provide true to size. I’m small, and these are small. The pants are size 6.


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I Bought them in Tan Too!

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How to Accessorize Slim Cargo Pants

What kind of a belt do you wear with slim utility pants like this? Black or brown can be kind of harsh, and white is very bright for this natural cargo look. Instead, I found this fabulous braided belt in an off-white, (similar), almost a taupe-grey color, and look how well it goes with these pants! The braiding creates texture and goes with cargo pants’ earthy, rugged look. Tip: Buy one size larger belt so you can twist the extra belt over and under for a more modern look.

Both shoes I’m wearing are so good! These flat raffia sandals are from Amazon. These rope and suede espadrille slides ( similar)I shared earlier from the Banana Republic are the most perfect neutral color and the perfect height -not too high! One thing I do love about BR is everything mixes and matches.

I was looking in my closet, and I have Banana Republic clothes from last year that go perfectly with these shoes, and all my other BR pieces coordinate with the pants. I love it when retailers make it easy to shop, coordinate pieces, and build a wardrobe. I haven’t got time to spend hours searching for just the right piece, nor do I want to. I want to live my fabulous life!

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One last note about my beautiful earrings. The Double Hoop Huggie and the Braided Huggie Hoop are from Dean Davidson!


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5 thoughts on “Slim Utility & Cargo Pants That Won’t Make You Look Bottom Heavy

  1. I do not see the link for the slim cargo joggers you purchased last year. I’d love to try them as they look super comfortable and flattering. I noted that you stated they run true to size. Thanks for all your fashion inspiration!

    1. Hi Carol, I pulled that photo from another post from last summer so those are sold out but I have linked some that are sort of similar and I’ll link more as they arrive in stores!

  2. I’m a big fan of cargo pants, but not the wide leg on a petite body. I also like them with a bit of stretch. I often have trouble with fit, but found some great slim cargo pants at Old Navy for a reasonable price. I adventure travel, so my pants need to be light and durable. I looked everywhere, so thanks for the rescue, Old Navy!

  3. I love your style and enjoy reading the posts. You always manage to look fabulous, but it would be helpful if you could include the available size range, so those of us are blessed with a few extra curves.

    It can be disheartening to love the look and go to the suggested website, search through it, and find the desired style only to discover it doesn’t come in extra Lovely (XL) or eXtra Lovely (XXL). It is easy to lose interest, whereas a note advising sizes, i.e.(sizes 6 – 14), would help. I keep reading and enjoy the info I gain.
    Hopefully, this makes sense.
    Cheers Nerida

  4. I’m immensely enjoying my first-ever cargo pants in sage color. Wouldn’t you know, from the Banana Republic and at a great sale months ago? They’re pull-on, a comfy-soft, beautifully-draping fabric, and flattering beyond words, even with my thick midsection. They pair with numerous tops, hoodies, and jackets. Shorter tops look great. Sometimes an oblong scarf adds polish to these casual pants. So happy I tried a new look!

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