Are cargo shorts for men in or out? I find myself asking every woman I know – from my 46-year-old fiancée to my college-aged niece: “Is it okay for me to still be wearing cargo shorts?” The answers … well, they vary. (For the record, the fiancée says “why not?” while the college junior says “No! But, you’re old so maybe it’s okay.”)
Cargo shorts often make magazines’ lists of “Things Not To Wear Anymore.” The shorts are judged as “so very 1999.” (Hey, so was that Prince song … but maybe that’s proving their point.) Still, men don’t seem to be giving up their love of cargo shorts anytime soon – they’re comfy, hold all our gadgets and they match any T-shirt. (Hey, maybe it’s the T-shirts they’re really objecting to!)
Here are the pairs of cargo pants that we think every guy will love.
We love the simplicity of this set of shorts. It still has the multiple pockets and the necessary comfy fit. The length is just perfect too.
These shorts come with an adjustable D-ring belt and drawstring ties at the hem. A vintage pre-wash gives them a nice lived-in look.
Storage space galore
Ah, yes, “relaxed fit” – this is why we love cargo shorts in general. This pair has four cargo flap pockets, two back flap pockets and two slash pockets so there’s room for everything from your cell phone to a wallet and more.
If you combine our favorite features from the first three pairs of cargo shorts – above the knee, attached belt, relaxed fit – you’d have these shorts. You’re welcome.
Ready for action
There is a slew of camouflage design options for these shorts. With breathable material and lightweight construction, we think this option has more for the outdoor set.