Cargo pants, commonly referred to as combat trousers or simply combats, have been around for decades and they are great for casual wear and various other activities. These loosely cut pants were initially created for military professionals, and they were designed to withstand different tough jobs and outdoor activities.
One of the most important aspects of cargo trousers, which makes them particularly useful and practical, is the fact that they have several generously sized cargo pockets where soldiers could store items during day-long trips on foot. These pants were primarily used by paratroopers, as the large pockets allowed them to store the extra ammunition and radios easily. Over the years, cargo pants were adapted and they became part of our civilian wardrobe.
Brief History Of Combat Trousers
These pants were particularly popular in the 1960s and 1970s because of their practicability and comfort rating. Many people started to wear them casually (not just military personnel) that a shorter version was soon released on the market: the cargo shorts. Like the name suggests, these were cargo-like, khaki shorts that were perfect for the hot summer months.
Back in the 1990s, it was mainly the young generation who adopted the loose cargo pants, in combination with a denim jacket and a flannel shirt. Over the years, the cargo pants have slowly become a symbol of casual clothing, similar to the traditional years.
The Many Uses Of Cargo Trousers
These trousers are widely used in New Zealand and all around the world for a plethora of outdoor activities and manual jobs, from gardening to house cleaning. The large pockets that come with the pants (which often include close-able flaps, snaps or buttons) make them perfect for those who love outdoor sports, specifically activities like trekking or hiking. Although many people would argue that the cargo pants are too masculine for women to wear, they are breathable and functional enough to be worn by everybody – you do not need to be a carpenter to make good use of them!
Many people call them “worker’s pants”, and for a good reason given the fact that most contractors and workers use them to store tools like hammers or screwdrivers in their pockets, which are very easy to reach. The pockets are located in the front and back of the pants, as well as on the sides. Another reason why the cargo pants are widely used by workers is because they often feature an over-sized belt loop designed to accommodate wide webbing belts which, once again, are very practical and comfortable at the same time.
Cargo pants are very versatile and can be quite chic. Available mainly in khaki and camo colours, cargo trousers can be easily matched with t-shirts and other casual clothes. They are durable, resistant to wear and tear and they are inexpensive.