15 Unexpected Ways To Wear The Utility Trend Beyond Cargo Pants

We're all about a single piece of clothing that multitasks, whether it's a lightweight sweater that gives us fall vibes without the heat, or a pair of cargo pants that offers plenty of pockets, buttons, and buckles. This Kim Possible-approved trend — which is also Kim K-approved, btw — is the perfect mix of edgy, earthy, and modern.

If you want to add it to your own wardrobe, but want more than the standard pair of pants, then you've come to the right place. In addition to cargo pants, we rounded up our favorite skirts, dresses, and accessories to help you stay on-trend in a unique way. Keep scrolling for our favorite picks.

Cargo Pants

Bershka chino straight leg cargo pants in sand

Bershka Chino Straight Leg Cargo Pants ($46)

A straight let cargo pant is the perfect way to ease into this trend. It has all the classic cargo pant features, but the low rise waist and wide leg gives it some extra Y2K detail.

High-Waisted StretchTech Cargo Jogger Pants

High-Waisted StretchTech Cargo Jogger Pants ($26+, was $40)

Joggers are one of our favorite loungewear pieces because they're super comfortable but they're more elevated than standard sweatpants. Cargo pockets elevate this pair even further.

UO Alexa Linen Cargo Pant

UO Alexa Linen Cargo Pant ($30, was $75)

A relaxed fabric like linen ups the comfy factor while the structure and bright color make this pair of pants more fun than ever.

Banana Republic Utility Cargo Pant

Banana Republic Utility Cargo Pant ($50+, was $100)

For a more structured look, go for a pair that hugs your legs and ends above the ankle. This pair is has a higher waist that looks good with a belt or knotting your shirt to accentuate your waist.

Bay To Breakers Pants

Bay To Breakers Pants ($128)

With a raw hem, loose fit, and bold color, this is the perfect thing to throw over your bikini bottoms before you head out to grab an açaí bowl.

Cargo Skirts + Shorts

BDG Cargo Maxi Skirt

BDG Cargo Maxi Skirt ($85)

For a different approach to the cargo trend, swap your cargo pants for a cargo maxi. This pick features toggle fastenings and adjustable ruched panels on the side to make this skirt customizable.

UO Kassidy Y2K Belted Cargo Short

UO Kassidy Y2K Belted Cargo Short ($20, was $70)

For a little Y2K magic, grab a pair of cargo shorts in a punchy color with a grommet belt that reminds us of our childhood.

Short Wrapover Cargo Skirt

Short Wrapover Cargo Skirt ($25)

This asymmetrical look has everything you need to turn heads, without needing a bright color or crazy fabric. Perfect for anyone who's more laidback and minimalist.

Tie-Waist Utility Short

Tie-Waist Utility Short ($20, was $65)

Everyone needs a simple pair of white shorts, and we love the wide pockets and tie-waist on this pair. Because there aren't many buckles or flaps, you can wear these shorts with other cargo style items, like a utility jacket.

High Rise Pleated Khaki Shorts With Washwell

High Rise Pleated Khaki Shorts With Washwell ($25+, was $50)

Swap the standard army green for a fun candy-colored take on cargo shorts. They'll look good with button downs, sweaters, and tanks.

Cargo Extras

Off The Grid Vest

Off The Grid Vest ($108)

The great thing about cargo vests is that they have enough pockets to keep you from bringing a purse with you if you don't want to. Wear one on a hike or use it to add some edge over a sweater.

NeatPack Crossbody Bags

NeatPack Crossbody Bags ($31)

A utility bag is the perfect thing to add to your travels or your everyday commute, especially if it has room for all your daily essentials.

The North Face Class V Brimmer

The North Face Class V Brimmer ($45)

A bold neon gives a utilitarian hat a fun edge. Plus, you won't have to worry about anyone else mistaking it for theirs.

Universal Thread\u2122 Anorak Jacket

Universal Thread™ Anorak Jacket ($45)

We can attest that a quality utility jacket will give you years of wear. We'd definitely consider this a fall fashion staple.

Theory Dr. Soft Chino Shirtdress

Theory Dr. Soft Chino Shirtdress ($95, was $315)

If you're obsessed with cargo jackets but prefer dresses to pants, then this is the dress for you. It has the same structure of a cargo jacket, without the weight.

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