Five Pairs of Cargo Shorts That Aren’t Terrible

With summer slouching toward Labor Day, you thought you’d be spared another mention of menswear’s roughest beast: the cargo short. They’ve been roasted by the Wall Street Journal (and many others) and staunchly defended by guys with exceedingly weak cases that seem to boil down to: they’re easy and what we’re used to. Which is the same argument a toddler might make to stay in diapers. The diaper is, after all, sort of the original cargo pocket.

Fortunately, there is a middle ground. There are short pants with arguably vestigial pockets that look OK, even good. Cargo shorts are modeled after a military design, and we generally appreciate the influence of military design on civilian style. The key is avoiding the characteristics that brought the cargo short down: mall-ified design elements, careless fit, and guys’ admirable but unhelpful refusal to get rid of their truly worn out, 15-year-old shorts. Burn the Abercrombies you “could totally fit six cans of Beast light in” and opt for cargos that are either faithful to pre-mall styles or trying for a more modern look.

Nonnative Trooper shorts

Like many men’s brands today, Nonnative specializes in tweaked basics, like nicely tapered “easy” pants or loose (but loose in a specific, intentional way) jersey tshirts. Every season they put out a pair or two of utility shorts I’d call cargos (the olive pair in the lead photo of this post look great, but are from 2011). The flapped cargo pockets on this year’s version are on the front of the legs rather than the side, and there’re additional zip pockets above them. You probably won’t be stuffing all your extra cash in there though, as these retail for about $250+.

Rothco/surplus BDU shorts

It seems to be true the genesis of cargo shorts is that military contractors made pants with side leg pockets, which resourceful soldiers cut off at the knee for hot weather wear, inspiring original manufacturers like Rothco to make proper hemmed shorts like these, often out of ripstop material with bellows pockets and sometimes seat reinforcement. They are cheap as dirt. And really? They’re totally fine–I wear my pair a lot. How they fit you will depend on where you are in the size spectrum, as each size covers a range of measured waists with the help of side adjusters, which are semi-functional. For a similar effect you could also cut off a pair of Stan Rays or other fatigue pants.

Milspec shorts were also pretty much your only option for cargo shorts in the 1980s and early 90s, when they were popular with skaters and part of the tribal uniform in “youth crew” style hardcore punk circles. The pockets were great for storing sharpies so you could X up on the go. Other key accessories: a low-slung guitar and a tough guy stance.

Patagonia stand-up shorts

These are sort of cheating, but Yvon Chouinard’s 1970s shorts design, where the cargo comes in the form of a double seat open at the top rear, are a modern outdoors classic. They mesh well with other styles with an outdoor flavor–like rugby shirts, 60/40 parkas, moccasins—stuff sometimes  referred to as “rugged ivy.” They’re also reasonably priced, usually under $50.

Bleu de Paname shorts

I wrote about Bleu de Paname’s cargos last year and they didn’t bring the exact model back this summer, but you can still find some floating around the internets. I liked the moleskin fabric, contrast buttons, and funky rear pocket on these, which are to American cargos like a Le Labourer jacket might be to an American chore coat.

Julius shorts

The intersections of bro culture and Tokyo-via-Paris post-sci-fi high fashion are few, but cargo shorts represent one of them. Julius is the sort of brand we don’t talk about much on Put This On–it’s challenging in that it’s hard to find, expensive, and not particularly versatile, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look cool in the right context. Julius’s designs tend to be on the exaggerated side, proportion-wise–most of their cargo shorts and pants are slim to the point of tight but with large pockets and looseness in the thighs, creating a pretty distinct silhouette. It’s OK to appreciate something and not be particularly inclined to buy it. Their cargo model seems to be available only in pants right now, although you can find shorts on sites like Grailed.

Gear acquisitions this week

-BDU cold weather parka
-Large ALICE pack
-BDU jacket
-wool shirt
-bakelite coffee mugs
-1911 mag and leather holster

God DAMN I love getting paid in gear

notquiteinsane  asked:

Something by Crystal Castles. Pale Flesh or Fainting Spells?

More Fainting Spells than Pale Flesh imo (aside from the name. aside from my driver’s tan I’m a cave fish lol)

sweetbadger said :Over - portishead

I’m not that classy but I can definitely be that lugubrious.

actualdemon said: Handsome Devil by Morrissey. Heh.

actualdemon said: For the title, not so much the lyrics. Although you are pretty bisexual too.

You’re a flatterer and a scoundrel, my dear.

Anonymous said: Song you look like/remind me of- “Always Running” CoD: Black Ops 2.

Had to look this one up and boy howdy is it ACCURATE.

also it’s doubly apt/amusing that this is from a CoD game because I’m in BDU pants like 90% of the time (it’s not a statement, I’m just more comfortable with a shitload of pockets)

themanfromnantucket said: for the askbox meme – www[.]youtube[.]com/watch?v=tFWqpWwAl8o ;P


[what song d’you think i look like?][x]

tagged by @latmover

Rules: Complete the questions and tag 20 people (TOO MANY)

What color and style is your hair?
Short, black

What color are your eyes?
Lame brown

Do you wear glasses/contacts?

Do you have braces?

What is your fashion sense?
Hoodies, cargo pants, BDUs, boots, etc

Do you have any siblings?

What kind of student were you?
Smart as hell, lazy as shit though.

What are your favorite subjects?
Science, War History, History in general, Languages (Japanese, Russian, etc)

What are your favorite TV shows?
The Unit, Enlisted, Breaking Bad, Vikings, VGHS

Favorite Books?
One Shot, Inside Delta Force, Black Site, Ender’s Game

Favorite pastime?
Writing, Gaming, Airsoft

Do you have any regrets?
Not that I can think of

What is your dream job?

Do you want to have kids and how many?
A few, I dunno.

How many countries have you visited?
Dominican Republic…so 1

What is the scariest dream you’ve had?
Hard to pick a lot of them are pretty fucked.

Do you have enemies?
Not that I know of.

I tag…anyone  who wants to do this.

anonymous asked:

well, I'm not a nerotypical but i also have the hair problem thing. if some one changes their hair I'm really unsettled by it for a while, a least a couple weeks till i get used to their new image

(Sorry for the delayed response I thought I replied like a week ago asdfgkjcnr!!) >.>

Okay, so I’m not alone in the hair thing, this is good to know. It’s kinda not just hair though, like, if someone wears something really out of their ordinary style it throws me off.

Like… Just for an example, hubby wears black bdu’s. I’ve always, ALWAYS known him to wear black bdu’s or black cargo shorts, etc, since we started dating. But if he suddenly started wearing like, blue jeans, it’d be like it is with the hair thing where it like. Feels wrong, you know?