Y2K-inspired cargo trousers are back and we’re not sure how to feel

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  • Talk about a throwback.

    It’s been almost impossible to miss, from Instagram feeds to IRL (be it on trains, at the pub or just generally throughout the streets of London) cargo trousers are back in a big way. Between Hailey Bieber, Bella Hadid, and Paloma Elsesser, It-girls by the dozen are investing in the Y2K-inspired utility trend, and going all in on its low-rise waist and oversize silhouette.

    They’re balancing out the look by pairing the voluminous trousers, alongside cropped tops or shrunken tees, in yet another styling trick inspired by the early aughts.

    Though, as a Fashion Editor, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the look. You see, I already wore this trend the first time around, in the late ’90s when the Spice Girls were doing it. My green, tie-waist cargo trousers were memorably one of the most utilised items in my wardrobe, not least because the oversize size pockets were the perfect place to house my Tamagotchi and Pokemon cards. (It probably goes without saying, but I was seven during the cargo trouser peak of 1999).

    Of course, the trend’s resurgence is not purely anecdotal. Searches for women’s cargo trousers in the UK have risen 83% over the last 12 months, while the hashtag #cargopants has over 560 million views on TikTok. (For context, #Barbiecore, the trend everyone is talking about has a comparatively minor 29 million views).


    As far as labels leading the way, Jaded London seems to be the brand of choice amongst celebrity cargo trouser connoisseurs. Kaia Gerber, Kylie Jenner and Hailey Bieber have all been spotted in items from the label. While Local European is another brand on the A-list radar.

    Want to get in on the trend? Keep scrolling to shop cargo trousers below.

    Vintage grey parachute cargo pants, £65 | Jaded London
    These are the cargo trousers favoured by Kylie Jenner, Kaia Gerber and more. In fact, Jenner was seen in this exact pair earlier this week.

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    Le Parachute Pants, £93 | Local European 
    Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner have both been seen in trousers by this brand. The parachute shape offers a very oversize silhouette.

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    Green Maesa Wide Leg Cargo Trousers, £190 | Frankie Shop
    If you’re after a more tailored iteration of the trend, these green trousers from Frankie Shop will be your best bet.

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    Khaki Cargo Trousers, £55 | River Island
    River Island’s take on cargo trousers is a little more traditional than the parachute pants above. These offer a more slim-line shape.

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    Straight leg cargo trouser, £22 | Bershka 
    Featuring functional pockets and a fresh white shade, this iteration is the perfect pair to see you through the end of summer.

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