For those of you who have been craving M's J.Brand Houlihans (pictured at left) as much as I have...let me warn warn you: the following Skinny Cargo picks will be nowhere near as fabulous. There's a reason those Houlihans cost so much: super-crazy-bum-flattering fit, and premium fabrics that will last (through many, many washings). M makes a good case for going for the real thing in her article, Splurge: A CPW Analysis of J.Brand Houlihans (as well as some killer pics for ways-to-wear 'em).
However, if you are still a bit undecided about the skinny cargo trend itself...or are still nervous about your ability to pull off skinny in general (or really, just short on cash these days)...starting with a low-cost route might be a good idea. If you find yourself wearing them daily (and wearing them out!), you've virtually done your own CPW analysis, and can always upgrade!
(My husband hates this logic. But really, it makes perfect sense.)
In that vein, I've found some crazy-cute skinny cargos for under $50. No joke. I won't make any promises to your bum, but this pregnant gal might take the risk. After all, I'm going to need some "transition" pants after I deliver....right?
The Skinny Cargo
Forever 21 has a great pair (pictured below, top row) for $25. R's nanny Emily owns this pair, and while she admits the fit is a bit baggier around the bum than she'd like...her bum still looks cuter than the model's in the slightly weird picture below. The rest of the pant, however, is spot-on. And did I mention $25?
Gap also makes a slightly more forgiving pair for $50 (pictured below, bottom row).
$25 - forever21.com
$25 - forever21.com
$50 - gap.com
Once you start down the jean leggings route...it can be tough to go back. They are just So. Darn. Comfortable. So I'm very intrigued by Forever 21's take on the skinny cargo in legging form. While their Ruched Utility Pant isn't a cargo pant per se...it does have enough toughness to be worn exactly like you would wear a skinny cargo pant.
I also love how unobtrusive the pockets are on these leggings - just enough to add a bit of toughness without any bulk.
And all under $25? Done.
$20 - forever21.com
What do you think, girls? Willing to try, or waiting for the real thing?