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Cargo shorts were cool. And then they weren’t. Years later, pundits have a thing or two to say about that.
Yesterday afternoon, former far-right darling and newfound lifestyle and mindset guru Mike Cernovich posted a thread of fashion advice for men, which included some extremely standard tips: wear slim fit clothing, buy nice shoes, and incorporate color into your outfits.
It’s extremely useful advice for men purchasing their first set of threads since 2015 when a new era of modern men’s fashion crossed over into the mainstream. No one sees people in boxy suits at weddings anymore.
But included in his thread was a knock on cargo shorts.
Cargo dorks won’t understand. pic.twitter.com/85OjC3mSes— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 16, 2019
What cargo shorts have to do with a navy blue suit with white piping is unclear, but it’s a revitalization of an argument that’s been brewing in conservative and far-right circles over the past few weeks.
Whereas once the target of their ire was corrupt government officials within the FBI or caravan of immigrants approaching our southern border, it’s now cargo shorts.
the thought leaders of new conservative media have spent the past week litigating cargo shorts, a very important online debate from *check calendar* 2011 pic.twitter.com/4NnKxo3WiB— David Covucci (@DavidCovucci) April 8, 2019
Over the past month, they’ve been obsessed with a fashion choice that was essentially resolved when companies stopped featuring baggy cargo shorts years ago because they went out of style.
Cargo Truthers are losing it pic.twitter.com/XzNybZU8al— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 4, 2019
Men walking into the 20th Century wearing suits and bowler hats and walked out it wearing cargo shorts and flip flops— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 4, 2019
Cargo shorts can hold everything except a conversation with a woman— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 14, 2019
Of course Bautista loves cargo shorts. The clothing of soy https://t.co/SUERnKZ0qf— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) April 9, 2019
I would never approach a guy that’s sporting cargo shorts— Hazen (@StephanieHazen) April 4, 2019
Guys that wear cargo shorts have a lot of anger in their hearts— Hazen (@StephanieHazen) April 4, 2019
What’s worse than seeing a dude in cargo shorts? Seeing a dude in cargo shorts at the gym.— Ethan Barton (@ethanrbarton) April 14, 2019
However, it’s not nearly as unified as you might think. Just like not all conservatives truly support President Donald Trump, some just like their cargo shorts. Especially, the editors of the Daily Wire.
The hatred of cargo shorts is unfair, especially coming from women. My wife always wants me to carry her ID and phone when we go out because she doesnt feel like bringing a purse. But if I wear shorts with extra pockets to accommodate, suddenly Im the nerd? That's fake news folks— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) April 15, 2019
The bottom line is that cargo shorts once were very cool, and now they are out of fashion.
People are still wearing them, because large swaths of society always lag behind the vanguard in culture, like say, some pundits on the far-right, which is apparently why this discussion is happening now and not in 2015.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]