Oct
20
2009
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 

Field pant,
$225 at Context

The New Cargo Pants

 
Question
I've been looking for a pair of cargo pants. Not those baggy, sidepocketed ones, but rather the classic front pocket kind. It seems designers are returning to them. Any advice on where to find a quality, reasonably priced pair?
- Cullen, Philadelphia, PA
 
 
 
Answer

Those Abercrombie kids, dragging their feet in oversized flip-flops, have disseminated the cargo pants for many of us. But you're right, the field pant—a sort of safari-style precursor to the modern day droopy mall cargos—is enjoying a revival by labels like Hickey, Michael Bastian and Junya Watanabe. This pair here is by Woolrich Woolen Mills, cut in a hearty chino cotton and lined in a lightweight (but soft) flannel. Which not only adds a layer of warmth, but also a pop of plaid, should you roll 'em up. And isn't that what cargo pants should do, blend fashion and function?

  • On the Runway:
    Junya Watanabe and Michael Bastian
 

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