Jumping on the Skinny Cargo Bandwagon–For Less

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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.

Courtesy of White House Black Market

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.

Courtesy of White House Black Market

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.


  1. Yay, something new! I love skinny jeans but unfortunately so does everyone else. I do like this look, but I’m afraid I might be too curvy for it.

    • Hi Chasa! I was getting bored of my skinny jeans too. I’ve actually seen plenty of curvy gals sporting this trend lately. I think the key to making it appear flattering is finding a silhouette on top that’s opposite in shape (i.e. a loose weave cardigan that falls below the backside or a lengthy tee). Your legs will still look long and lean, but you can feel comfortable with a little more coverage.

      • Hi Christina!

        I don’t think there’s a specific cut-off age for rocking the skinny. It’s definitely more about lifestyle, attitude and body type.

        Knowing you (and your artistic profession as a photographer, not to mention how stylish you already are), a skinny cargo would look amazing on you!

        For the mature woman who wants to make sure she’s not showing too much, I’d suggest finding a cargo pant with a normal (not low) rise, and then pairing with a looser, longer top. Balancing proportions is what’s key with this silhouette. And heels over flats will always, of course, make your legs look a mile longer.


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