Best Cargo Pants for Women Over 50

You might have noticed a lot of cargo or utility-style jeans and pants at your favorite brands this year. I may not have forecasted this trend, but I’m here to say I’m not hating it! Cargo pants, which were originally designed for carrying tools and supplies, have evolved into a stylish and versatile wardrobe staple, especially for women who value both practicality and style. I mean, who doesn’t love pockets? Whether you’re running errands, traveling, or just enjoying a casual day out, cargo pants offer the perfect blend of functionality and flair. In today’s post, I’m sharing some of the best cargo pants I’ve found for women over 50!

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Best Cargo Pants for Women Over 50

Over 50 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing Athleta Cargo Pants
Boho Floral V-Neck Ruffle Sleeve Blouse (Medium) | Brooklyn Heights High Rise Cargo Pant (Size 8) | Italian Leather Convertible Crescent Handwoven Shoulder BagVionic Ankle Straps Heeled Sandal (TTS) |

These cargo pants feel amazing!!! I’ve recently become a fan of Athleta clothing, so I decided to try the Brooklyn Heights High Rise Cargo Pants. These fit true to size, and I love that they feel like loungewear but look like dress pants. Plus, they are great to travel in so that you don’t arrive a wrinkled mess.

Lined Pintuck Blouse (Medium) | Utility Wide Leg (Size 8) | Woven Natural Wedge Sandals (Size up a half size) | 52mm Rectangle Sunglasses

While I like the look of cargo pants, most of them aren’t made in a style I would wear. I look for a sleeker, more refined pair that doesn’t have pockets that stick out. The Utility Wide Leg pair I’m wearing is exactly what I was looking for. They look nicer and more elevated than most utility jeans I’ve found. I’m wearing a size 8, and they fit me great.

Bubble Sleeve Henley Top (Medium) | Drapey Cargo Pants (Size 8) | Pointed Bow Flat (TTS) | High Polish 2.2″ Hoop Earrings | Daphne Gold Link and Chain Necklace 

These Drapey Cargo Pants have old Hollywood glamour written all over them. I love this camel color, but I bought the winter white color instead. Although the camel is a great neutral, I figured I’d get more wear from the winter white pair.

Gap Mid Rise Linen-Cotton Pull-On Cargo Pants

You’ll see in this post that there are all kinds of cargo pants. These pull-on style pants have a drawstring, and they look sooo comfy and cozy. They come in so many colors, like navy, black, white, red, etc.!

Over 50 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is doing a Chico's Beginning of Summer Try On Haul51
Summer Romance Swirl Midi Cardigan (Size 1) | Ribbed High Neck Tank (Size 1) | Poplin Cropped Pants (Size 1) | Hexie Multi-Strand Necklace | Cassie Gold-Tone Circle Earrings | Gold Tone Beaded Stretch Bracelet | Women’s Wedge Sandals (In Black)

This pair of cropped utility pants from Chico’s can be rolled or unrolled. They come in 8 different colors, but I love white since I can wear it with ANYTHING! These would make the perfect pair of travel pants!

Dokotoo Womens Cargo Pants

If you’re looking for a more subtle cargo-inspired pant, this pocket is placed higher up rather than on the side of the leg. They have a wide-leg silhouette, which you gurls know is still trending this season.

PAIGE Carly Cargo Pants

This next pair is a bit of a splurge, but PAIGE is a really popular denim brand. They will look so cute with a block heel or sandal now and with a bootie in the fall.

Denim Cargo Pants

Lands’ End Denim High Rise Utility Cargo Ankle Jeans

Now we’re switching gears to denim cargo pants! This pair from Lands’ End is super soft with lots of stretch making them comfy AND cute. They come in three different washes, and the white ones may be my favorite!

J.Crew Factory Premium Edition straight-leg cargo jean

Here’s a very similar denim pair from J.Crew Factory. You can see here how you could style them casually with white sneaker, which is my shoe of choice a lot of days. Just add a graphic tee or and you’re ready to tackle the day!

Athleisure and Jogger Style Cargo Pants

Athleta Endless High Rise Cargo Pant

I tried on Athleta’s regular Endless pants in a previous post, but they also come in a cargo style. You can see my try-on and review in this post. The material is lightweight and perfect for spring and summer. Plus, if you’re wearing them for a workout or for travel, you’ll have plenty of pockets for your phone, keys, etc.

Spanx Casual Fridays Cargo Jogger Pant

Did you know Spanx had some great athleisure options? This pair of cargo joggers has a smoothing inner waistband and they’re made from sweat-wicking material. They come in three great shades, and they sell a matching top!

Libin Cargo Joggers Quick Dry Hiking Pants

If you’re shopping on a budget, this is the pair of cargo joggers for you! The reviews are amazing, and customers say they’re lightweight, breathable, and quick to dry. Like most Amazon fashion finds, they come in a million different colors to choose from!

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  1. Love all of the versatility with the cargo pants! Thank you Tania!

  2. Dawnine Hillman says:

    The cargo pants all look great, the white pants make an especially cute outfit. I like cargo pants at our age, they are casual but still have a hip edge to them. Thank you for all of the stylish inspiration.

  3. I don’t care for cargo pants but I do wear cargo joggers. They don’t seem so big in the legs. Everything looks great on you!

  4. Barb🇨🇦 says:

    I bought a pair of green faux leather cargo pants that I love! (In winter). I couldn’t believe they worked…faux leather? Cargo pants? Even green? None are normally in my wheelhouse but they were on sale and seemed to be popular so I gave them a try. Sometimes you have to take a step out of your comfort zone and you help us do that!

    1. Barb, when we try things we don’t think we will like, we are often surprised!

  5. sue koren says:

    Cargo pants add weight where I don’t need it!

  6. Alice Muratore says:

    While they are slightly cute, they don’t work for my height. Also, our club prohibits them.

  7. Hi Tania,

    I don’t own any Cargo pants, but I do like the look. The pants that look
    more tailored caught my eye. Thanks for all the research, and bringing the
    Great looks to us. Have a blessed day.

  8. What did you do to lose weight? You look great! It’s so difficult to lose weight at our age.

    1. Ana, I think it is how I pose for pictures. I’ve actually gained weight and am struggling how to get it back off.

  9. Sue koren says:

    Cargo pants add width where I don’t need it

  10. Reading your blog from my hospital room now that I am not loopy. I want that Amazon card. lol. My surgery went well praise God. I like cargo pants they are sleek too. I do have wider leg ones from Loft which I like to. thanks for ideas on how to style.

    1. Terri, I’m glad your surgery went well, and that you feel like playing on your phone. I’ve had several ladies tell me they read my blog while they are in the hospital, and that it makes them feel better. Get well soon!

      1. Thank you Tania. Now I can’t go to sleep so reading comments. They woke me up. Hopefully I go home tomorrow and will be able to sleep in my own bed.

        1. You always sleep better in your own bed, hospitals are a noisy place.

  11. Definitely a no for me. Too much bulk in unwanted places.
    Never with an elastic ankle, or pleats.(pleats another hard pass)
    Stopped buying cargo shorts years ago for my husband….any made out of cotton requires a lot of ironing.

  12. Hmmmm, those Chico’s pull on crop cargo pants might be worth checking out. They don’t look overly bulky, which is a must for my small frame. Plus they don’t look too “utility”. No big pocket flaps. Even when I dress casually, I don’t like to look *too* casual. 🙂

  13. Love the cargo pants. I’m always afraid they’ll make my legs look larger but I’m going to try a couple of pairs that you’ve shown here.

  14. Ginger Hiller says:

    What great finds! I have several pair of cargo pants in my closet that I enjoy wearing.

  15. Love the lighter color options for summer. Also thanks for listing budget friendly choices as well!

  16. Karen Daniel says:

    I have some olive cargo pants which I love but joggers are always too long for my petite frame.

  17. Tania, love the cargo look–I have a pair from several years ago that I wear in the fall because of the material. Not so much on the wide leg because I am short!! Ha!
    Love the sorbet idea!

  18. Hope you enjoy your strawberry frozen treat. The cargo pants are cute and I like the pockets in the front and back also.

  19. I’m not sure about cargo pants for me, but they look great on you!🙂

  20. Cheryl Kidwell says:

    I ordered the cargo joggers from Amazon, in camo black. Can’t wait to get them! Thanks for the recommendation 😊

  21. Jenniffer Groski says:

    I’m kind of obsessed with cargo pants I have several pairs in different styles and lengths. I have shorts too!

  22. Stella Gustafson says:

    Cargo pants sure took a change for the better

  23. Tania, I do love cargo pants too but not so much the wide leg ones. Maybe because I am petite (short)! I do have a pair I wear in the fall that I purchased at Old Navy years ago. I love them!

  24. The linen cargo pants are my favorite.

  25. I have avoided cargo pants in the past as I thought they made me look wider with the pocket placement. You showed some sleeker styles that I might try.

  26. Like you, I prefer the sleeker cargo pants. Thank you for the update!

  27. Karen Johnson says:

    I am definitely a cargo pants fan after seeing your picks. I especially like the drapery cargo pants since they are flown and a little dressier

  28. Yes, I’m a huge fan of cargo and utility pants! Always stylish, always comfy, and cute in denim, twill, rayon…you name it. Great post!

    1. I have a pair of cargo Shorts, will be wearing them again with tennis shoes. Thanks for the different styles

  29. I love cargos. They seem to balance me out. Also, I can never have too many pockets!

  30. Everyone needs a good pair of cargo pants and I love the soft ones.

  31. Love cargos! Your post yesterday on Chico’s inspired my online order. Have a blessed week!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the try-on!!~

  32. Linda Shearer says:

    Not really a big fan of cargo pants because they add bulk where I dont need it. But some of these picks are sleeker and would work. Really like the Loft ones.

    1. I tried to pick sleeker ones for that reason.

  33. Love love love Athleta clothing. It’s all I wear when exercising, running errands, and traveling.

    1. It is a fabulous brand! I can’t believe it took me so long to try it.

  34. Debbie Somand says:

    Hi Tania, have you tried the WHBM pret a pedi pants? They have a bit of a cargo look to them. They come in multiple sizes and colors and over Memorial Day weekend they were 30% off. I purchased 2 pairs in my normal size 10. I am 5’4″ and 148 lbs. I loved the look in the fitting room. We’ll see how they wear.
    God bless…Debbie

    1. I’ve not! But I looked at them, and they look like something I would love.

  35. Kimberley Huber says:

    After seeing the Pintuck shirt, I ran to Kohl’s to buy. I love it!!! Looks great and flattering fit. Only complaint I have is the cami went one direction and shirt and I went the other way…LOL!

  36. Thank you! Cargo pants are unusually a no no for me bc of thick thighs.

  37. Mary Kinard says:

    I’ve never been a fan of cargo pants, but some of these are really cute!

  38. Nice, I love joggers, but I like the cargo ones a lot more thank you

  39. SandhillJane says:

    Just ordered the Amazon cargo in navy. These cargo pants will be perfect for bike riding. I just bought an ebike so I can ride all over our bike path lined community!