cargo pants

plural noun

Definition of cargo pants

: pants with cargo pockets typically on the sides of the legs at thigh level

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Everything old is new again, and yet the return of cargo pants, tiny sunglasses, and tattoo necklaces can feel like deja vu for those who lived through the trends the first time around. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Revives a Forgotten ’90s Trend," 31 Jan. 2019 Waight Keller isn't an overtly feminine designer, her designs for Givenchy have ranged from blazers tucked into cargo pants to sequin column gowns and Megan Markle's sophisticated, lovely, minimal royal wedding dress. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Kate Middleton Bow is Getting Supersized at Couture," 22 Jan. 2019 In the past few years, the model has worn everything from dad sneakers and fanny packs, to pull over fleeces and zip off cargo pants. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Wore an "Ugly" Fashion Trend and Made It Look So Chic," 28 Nov. 2018 A few years later, in 2002, a group of Kosovar and Serbian party-goers, armed with camcorders and turntables and dressed in halter tops and cargo pants boarded The Road of Peace Train. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 Yontif wore triple-thick glasses and not so much cargo shorts as cargo pants and cargo shirts, the better to hide his pouches of fat. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 In one pocket of his red camouflage cargo pants, Utsumi has a white-and-red hachimaki headband, a Japanese flag and a foldable fan at the ready. Anton Troianovski, chicagotribune.com, "World Cup fans meet Russians on the world's longest train line," 14 June 2018 In one pocket of his red camouflage cargo pants, Utsumi has a white-and-red hachimaki headband, a Japanese flag and a foldable fan at the ready. Anton Troianovski, Washington Post, "Vodka, pine nuts and politics: World cup fans meet Russians on the world’s longest train line," 14 June 2018 Meanwhile, much of Kanye West’s Yeezy collection for Adidas, with its Realtree cargo pants ($385), bomber jackets ($750), and Army-style lace-up boots ($445) is in line with a certain military aesthetic, though offered at a luxury price point. Max Berlinger, GQ, "Why Everyone Is Dressing Like They Shop at the Army Surplus Store," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of cargo pants

1951, in the meaning defined above

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