It’s highly likely that I jumped on the skinny cargo bandwagon because I’m working on a bunch of celebrity fashion trend stories for the Chronicle. (That’s my excuse, at least, for the growing stack of Tinsel Town rags that have piled up next to my bed.) After spotting J Brand’s $230 Houlihan skinnies on everyone from Rihanna to Gwen, I was determined to find a comparably cute pair that wouldn’t break the bank.
Online research led to my recent purchase of this military-inspired pair from White House Black Market last week. Though not necessarily a total steal, this $98-pair was a surprisingly much more affordable find at a retailer that, as its name suggests, typically sells items that come in black and white. With six pockets, pin-tuck pleat details, and crystal rivets, the Glam Cargo is utilitarian with a touch of bling.
They’re ideal for those with a petite build seeking a leg-lengthening effect. The super slim cut is forgiving with the addition of spandex stretch; it also comes with an inseam perfectly proportionate to the size, which is key for pants that come with a tapered zipper ankle. (Tip: Head into a bricks-and-mortar storefront if you’re looking for the full range of sizes, from 00 to 14.)
Dress them up with a pair of high heel booties or go casual and comfy with ballet flats. The skinny cargo trend won’t be around forever, but it’s a great summer into fall alternative to your basic jeans-and-tee uniform.