I picked up a pair of FRAME’s low-rise cargo pants several weeks ago and have barely taken them off since. The day after they arrived, I threw them on and headed to Ocean City for the weekend. They’re soft enough for a road trip, light enough to function as a beach cover-up, yet dressy enough for a night out.
If interested, you can see how I styled them for a night in Ocean City, here.
top (6) | pants (27) | sandals | bag
In addition to Ocean City Boardwalk hangs, I wore these pants on our eight-hour road trip to Vermont (they actually look great with that wild, down-comforter-like floral jacket from the NSale — talk about comfortable) as well as out to dinner, in a dressed-up kind of way.
Dress Up — Or Down: 8 Summer Outfit Ideas For Low-Rise Cargo Pants
Well, since I found that these cargo pants can function as both loungewear and going-out pants, I’ve been wearing them with everything from Vans to heels. And while I do love to pair slouchy, low-rise pants with a fitted top, I’ve found that these pants work well with oversized pieces as well.
Outfit Idea 1: With a Sexy Black Top & Heels
top (6) | pants (27) | bag (similar Clare V.) | heels or taller version (more in stock)
This little black top from Reformation is 100% cotton and one of my new faves. I love to wear it strapless, but if you click through, you can see how to configure the crisscross straps to wear it as a halter too.
Outfit Idea 2: Sexy Black Top, Dressed Down With Vans
top (6) | pants (27) | bag (similar Clare V.) | sneaks
Same outfit but with Vans. That’s the power of these little cotton tops: They’re just as versatile as the cargo pants.
Outfit Idea 3: With Yellow Stripes & Tan Sandals
tee (S) | pants (27) | sandals | bag
I was a little worried that these pants’ particular shade of tan wouldn’t work with my existing tan Kork-Ease sandals (aka basically the only sandals I wear on the regular), but it turns out that the rich, tawny hue works with a wide range of browns and tans.
Outfit Idea 4: With A Rich Brown Linen Tank
top (6) | pants (27) | sandals | bag
To drive home that point even more, I tried on these pants with a much darker brown top. I love how the look is almost monochromatic — and very chic.
Outfit Idea 5: Warm It Up With An Oversized Poncho
top | pants (27) | sandals | bag
I don’t really know what else to call this epic Frank & Eileen sweatshirt-poncho, but it’s GOOD. It’s basically a cozy sweatshirt material but cut in this really stylish shape. I also appreciate that it can be thrown on over any of these little tops if it gets chilly at night. Love this piece — it’s a wardrobe problem-solver for sure.
Side note: Frank & Eileen pieces are all made, sustainably, in the US (which is also why they’re so expensive).
Outfit Idea 6: With An Oversized T-Shirt
tee (XS) | pants (27) | sandals | bag
Happily, there’s nothing precious about these pants, and for days when I just want to wear something shapeless, they manage to look put-together with an oversized tee too.
Outfit Idea 7: With a Comfy Vuori Tank
top (M) | pants (27) | flip-flops
This is the outfit I wore recently on our road trip to Vermont. Felt like pajamas, looked cute enough. And when we arrived, late, and it was cold? Well…
Outfit Idea 8: With A Cozy, Oversized Jacket
jacket (S) | pants (27) | flip-flops
…everyone made fun of me, when we left 90-degree Philly, for throwing this jacket in the car. But then later that night, when we stopped at Pro Pig in Vermont for a quick, late-night-arrival dinner, and everyone was freezing except me?
Yup. Northern girl. We know things.
But seriously, gang, these pants have barely left my body since I snapped them up a few weeks ago. And I’ve just been washing and drying them in the machines — no fancy wash instructions needed. Good stuff.
Can you show the crop cargos with fall boot looks?