Cargo dressing may be associated with workwear and casual outfits. But, designers really elevated the cargo, or utility look for 2024 by teaming cargo detailing with materials or styles you wouldn’t usually associate with cargo pockets. In this article, you’ll find all best cargo styles for women over 40, with plenty of inspiration for your cargo outfits.

What are cargo or utility outfits?

So, first of all, what do we mean by cargo outfits? Well, cargo dressing stems from cargo pants, which were originally made from heavy duty material for workwear, and featured lots of pockets for tools.

What to look for?

This year’s cargo styles come in materials and types of clothing that you wouldn’t necessarily associate with cargo pockets. Cargo pants are still very much on trend, but look out for luxurious fabrics. Also look for dresses, skirts and shirts with cargo pockets.

Sylvia wears cargo pants and a denim jacket |

Tank top from H&M, cargo pants from H&M (another option here), jacket from Tezenis (similar here), similar sneakersearrings and sunglasses

What to think about

When choosing your cargo styles, think about what will be most flattering for your body type. For example, if you are a pear shape, you won’t want to add extra bulk with pockets at your thighs, but you could choose a cargo top or jacket. The opposite will hold true if you are an inverted triangle. Use the cargo pockets to add shape where you want it.

Cargo outfits on the runway

You can see below how designers elevated cargo styles by opting for cargo dresses, or by teaming smarter elements with cargo pants and jeans.

Cargo outfits on the runway |

Saint LaurentSchiaparelliMax Mara

cargo outfits

Let’s move onto our favorite cargo styles in stores now, and how you can style them.

Chic cargo outfits |

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Cargo tops

Starting with tops, look for shirts with cargo style pockets and wear with your favorite jeans or denim skirts. Note that the cargo pockets will add shape so this is a great choice if you want to add some curves.

Cargo style tops |

Karen Millen Cotton Sateen Woven Cargo Crop ShirtMadewell Flap-Pocket Crop Poplin ShirtNordstrom Utility ShirtH&M Textured-weave Utility Shirt

Denim skirt outfit |

Madewell Flap-Pocket Crop Poplin ShirtHudson Jeans Denim Cargo-Style SkirtSOREL Joanie™ IV Y Strap Wedge SandalsIl Bisonte Classic Leather Crossbody BagJennifer Zeuner Jewelry Cooper Stud Earrings

jackets and coats

Update your denim jacket by looking for a style with cargo pockets, add cargo details to your casual outfits, or combine formal and casual by choosing a blazer with cargo pockets.

Cargo jackets |

HIDDEN JEANS Denim Crop Cargo JacketCinq à Sept Katie Asymmetric Belted Denim JacketSIMKHAI Leora Denim Cargo JacketJ.Crew Heritage Barn Jacket

Carmen wears a denim shirt and maxi skirt |

Carmen @carmen_gimeno above wears a denim cargo skirt with her maxi skirt and sneakers. Denim is very much on trend this year, so combining denim with cargo pockets is a great way to wear two trends at once.

Get her look with this similar jacket, skirt, sneakers, bag, belt, sunglasses and brooch.

Cargo pants outfits

Cargo jeans and pants are a classic way to add utility dressing to your outfits. Wear with a t-shirt and jeans for a casual look, or mix up your style and wear with a silky blouse and heels for evening. Take a look below at our cargo capsule for more ideas of what to wear with your cargo pants.

Cargo pants and jeans |

Cinq à Sept Benji Cargo Crop JeansAG Jeans Gatina Cotton-Blend Cargo PantsCapsule 121 The Antares Cargo TrousersH&M Textured-weave Cargo Pants

Elevate your casual wardrobe with these chic cargo outfits |

Cathy @themiddlepageblog above (read her style interview here) shows how you could wear your cargo pants with a blouse and pointed shoes.

Steal her look with this similar blouse, pants, heels, bag, necklace, belt and sunglasses.

Cargo skirt outfits, dresses and jumpsuits

Wearing your cargo pockets on your dress or skirt is the perfect way to add a touch of the unexpected to your utility style. Wear with heels or sneakers.

Cargo dresses and skirts |

Karen Millen Tailored Compact Cotton Utility Belted Mini DressKaren Millen Cargo Pocket Belted Wide Leg Tailored JumpsuitHudson Jeans Denim Cargo-Style SkirtKaren Millen Cotton Sateen Woven Cargo Midi Skirt

Emms wears a denim jumpsuit |

Emms @beautifuleveryday_uk above wears a utility style jumpsuit featuring puff sleeves.

Recreate her outfit with this similar jumpsuit (other options here and here), sandals, bag and sunglasses.

Shoes to go with your cargo outfits

You can wear your cargo outfits with everything from sneakers to heels and booties, depending on how formal or casual you want to look.

Shoes to wear with your cargo outfits |

Vagabond Shoemakers Ines SandalsSOREL Joanie™ IV Y Strap Wedge SandalsVionic Valencia Ankle BootiesNew Balance 237 V1 Sneakers

Blazer and pocket pants |

Cinq à Sept Katie Asymmetric Belted Denim JacketCapsule 121 The Antares Cargo TrousersVagabond Shoemakers Ines SandalsRee Projects Mini Helene Leather Hobo BagJohn Hardy Classic Chain Sterling Silver Hoops

Accessories to go with your cargo outfits

You can, of course, choose handbags with cargo pockets to add utility style to your outfit, or you can contrast the formality of your bag with the casual pockets on your outfit.

Accessories to go with your cargo pants |

Marc Jacobs The Mini Shoulder BagIl Bisonte Classic Leather Crossbody BagRee Projects Mini Helene Leather Hobo BagJennifer Zeuner Jewelry Cooper Stud EarringsJohn Hardy Classic Chain Sterling Silver Hoops

Black shirt and pocket jeans |

Karen Millen Cotton Sateen Woven Cargo Crop ShirtCinq à Sept Benji Cargo Crop JeansVionic Valencia Ankle BootiesMarc Jacobs The Mini Shoulder BagJohn Hardy Classic Chain Sterling Silver Hoops

clothes to go with your cargo outfits

You can opt for top-to-toe with your cargo style, but you’re likely to want to bring in other elements from your closet to go with your cargo pants, skirts or dresses. Look out for blazers, blouses and denim styles.

Tops to go with your cargo pants |

Cinq à Sept Khloe Boucle BlazerFavorite Daughter Boyfriend Denim Crop ShirtKobi Halperin Nellie Silk-Satin BlouseEquipment Oriana Off-The-Shoulder Silk Top

Kim wears a pocket jacket and maxi skirt |

Kim @kimair above (read her style interview here) wears a jacket with cargo pockets with her white maxi skirt and silver shoes.

Check out this similar top, jacket (another option here), skirt, sandals, handbag, earrings and sunglasses.

Your cargo outfits capsule

Below, you can see the cargo outfits from above together in one capsule. You can see you can change around the tops, bottoms, jackets and accessories to create lots of different outfits. For example, you could dress up the denim skirt with heeled sandals and a blouse, or wear the jumpsuit with sneakers.

Cargo capsule wardrobe |

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Continue reading:

  1. 2024 Fashion Trends: All The Best Outfits To Wear This Spring And Summer
  2. Not Just For Jeans! All The Denim Outfits And Trends You Need To Know This Year
  3. The Best Cargo Pants Outfits To Wear For Any Occasion

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Feature image by Cathy @themiddlepageblog


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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