Last summer, we hailed a sartorial return to the Great Outdoors, as kids across the country took up dressing like they were going camping – gilets, Salomon’s, and all. While our collective appetite for high-tech utility wear has hardly dwindled (one look at the ascent of FACE favourite designer Randa Kherba will tell you that), one particular item in the happy camper’s wardrobe has taken on a life of its own as the weather has turned up a notch: the cargo.
Whether we’re talking cargo skirts that graze the ground and nip in at the waist, micro-minis or baggy, practical trews with toggles and pockets in all the right places, cargo has swiftly become one of this year’s hottest staples. Trust us: cargo’d legs are packing out a pub garden, dancefloor, festival and Instagram feed near you.
Cargos can be a pain to get right, though. You can end up looking a right dafty if you don’t consider the cut, material or fit with the utmost attention to detail. The whole garment can be thrown if the cut is slightly off, the shape is great but the material isn’t, or if they’re a little too fitted around the leg. Not to worry, though. THE FACE is on hand with a selection of the best cargo crusaders the internet’s got on offer. We’ve got everything from lightweight pieces with a soft, feminine edge to proper military numbers, minis, midi’s and more. Get stuck in.
This London-based brand is one of the best to come out of the recent flurry of new Insta-shops. Renowned for their playful, sexy silhouettes, you might have spotted their velour jumpsuits doing the rounds. Now, Peachy Den is trying their hand at the cargo game, too, and so far, so very good. The Mimi collection has worked shoppers up into near-frenzy, featuring cargo trousers, mini and midi-skirts in a range of colours, made from 100 per cent recycled nylon.
Founded in 2013 by siblings Jade and Grant Goulden, Jaded London’s been around the block a few times, since becoming a staple for technicoloured, slinky get-ups and super-sexy swimwear. If that’s not really your bag, get your hands on their unisex, oversized Parachute collection – a treasure trove of 100 per cent cotton cargo trousers and skirts fit for a summer spent down the boozer.
Created as an extension of the creative community founded by photographer Renell Medrano and Jess Moloney, Ice is a diamond in the rough of internet cargo shopping. Its trademark skirts might be on the pricey side, but they’re also reliable: the maxi one has adjustable side toggles for a ruched effect, and the mini is water repellent. A proper ’90s throwback.
A Bella Hadid favourite, East London’s finest vintage shop 194Local’s vintage military pants might be harder to get your hands on than Glasto tickets, but rest assured they’re worth the time and effort. Keep your beady eyes out for the next restock of acid wash green, vibrant neon purple and creamy ivory cargos, blowing in the wind all summer long.
Ah, old faithful. This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Stüssy, the patron saint of all things cargo. Although cargo skirts and dresses come few and far between (and are very hard to come by second hand), this pair of hot pink, piece-dyed and enzyme-washed trousers are a pretty good back-up. Keep your eyes peeled for a second summer drop, and stay prepped come rain or shine with these hybrid cargo shorts and trousers. Oof.