Poshmark trends – cargo pants for women spring 2016

poshmark trend cargo pants spring 2016This really surprised me, but I have sold every pair of cargo pants listed in my closet within the last week.

Two pairs of full-length pants and 1 pair of shorts.

I have one more pair of cargo shorts that I have not listed yet, so I will be getting those up ASAP!

I’m not exactly sure why these cargo pants suddenly became popular, but I turned to trusty Google to figure out why.

Theory #1


I googled cargo pants trend and a lot of articles come up for men’s fashion.  When I narrowed it down to women’s, I noticed a popular article from the fall of 2015… Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid Are Bringing Cargo Pants Back in Style

Since it may have appeared fairly late to prepare for fall fashion, it got buyers ready for spring shopping.  With plenty of time to think about whether or not to go in on the cargo pant trend, now is finally the time to buy as temperatures warm up.

I haven’t seen many trend reports specifically call out cargo pants for spring, but the timing of that article may have led up to the current buying cycle.  It’s true that many celebrities have been spotted sporting cargo pants lately and I have been seeing lots of Pinterest pins with them.

Theory #2

Cargo pants complement the current athleisure trend.  As more and more women are favoring comfortable, functional clothes that still tie into an adorable outfit, the athleisure trend has had to expand a bit.  Not every look can be joggers and graphic tees.

Cargo pants fit the bill.  While the pant tends to be on the roomier side, with lots of pockets, modern cargo pants are stepping up their style game.  A lot of designers have been making slim-fitted cargo pants with sleeker pockets (or faux!).  I’ve even seen some cargo/jogger combos that would be the ultimate comfort pant.

Even though I see a lot of styled photos pairing the cargo pants with heels, they also work great with sandals.  Or if you roll the hems up, they are super cute with keds or other sleek sneaker styles.

On Poshmark


So I took a look on Poshmark to see what is available right now.

You can see the currently available listings here.  (Remember, if you are new to Poshmark, you can get a $10 credit by signing up – info on my Start Here page)

I see lots of the skinny, slim-fitted and cropped cargo pants available.  The classic style is also abundant.

There is something for everyone’s price range, from below $25 to designer brands, like Chanel and Ralph Lauren Black Label.

As a seller, you might be interested to know that the majority of recent sales have gone for under $50.  While there are several listings over $200, none have sold for that much yet.  (There is one sold listing for over $900, but it was a bundle with several designer items.)  Only four listings have sold for over $100 that weren’t bundles.

So if you have some cargo pants (or shorts) lying around that you don’t plan on wearing this season, get them listed on Poshmark!  Freshen them up, get rid of the wrinkles and take some cute photos.  I know making pants look cute in photos is hard, especially if you won’t be modelling them.  I will have a post shortly about exactly how to address that.

Do you have any cargo pants that you will be listing on Poshmark?  Are you excited about this trend, or just think it’s … blah?

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5 comments

  1. Emily says:

    Wow, I’ve never heard of Poshmark before, but it looks interesting! I like to shop used clothes from places like Plato’s Closet and Thredup – it’s the only way to go. I might have to add this one to the list. Thanks for the info, I’m glad I ran into your site!

    • Kiersten says:

      Thanks for stopping by Emily! The only downside to Poshmark is that you can’t try anything on before purchasing it, so it’s super important to ask the seller for measurements when purchasing anything. But I’ve found some amazing deals on there. I’ve heard of people getting 50% or more off nearly new shoes like Chanel and Christian Louboutin.

      Poshmark does a lot of work to protect both the buyers and sellers, so it’s a pretty safe place shop and sell. They also just got tons of funding from investors for like the third time, so the investors seem to think that Poshmark will be sticking around for the long run.

  2. Denise says:

    Hello,
    In my opinion, cargo pants look good on almost every body type so people feel good wearing them. People love buying things that looks good on others especially if those people are popular.
    I love how comfortable cargo pants feel especially those that are made to expand and be almost as flexible as yoga pants.

    • Kiersten says:

      Yes, they are so comfy! I love how many versatile style are available nowadays. There is really an option for everybody. Thanks Denise!

  3. Yvonne says:

    I remember wearing cargo pants back in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s, even going to Army surplus stores to buy them! Normally, I just wore them with trainers, boots (again from an Army surplus store!) or occasionally sandals. I didn’t keep any of them, but it’s amazing how some clothes keep coming back into fashion.

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