Parachute Pants Are Trending on TikTok (Seriously). Here’s How to Wear Them

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If there’s one thing we know for certain, it’s that old trends don’t die hard. In fact, we’ve continued to see a resurgence of nearly all past nostalgic relics, such as the low-rise look (emotional baggage in tow), Juicy Couture tracksuits, pearlcore and more. Hot off the TikTok press for this summer’s ultimate cool girl trend is none other than parachute pants.

But don’t take our word for it, besides prominent TikTok influencers deeming them the “it” pant for summer and generating 1 billion views (yeah, you heard that right) on videos featuring the trend, searches for “parachute pants” are hitting peak popularity on Google Trends as well.

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Wait, So What Exactly Are Parachute Pants?

We’re so glad you asked. TikTokers are loving this lightweight, baggy style that could be deemed a relative to cargo pants. But unlike the structured, utility-influenced cargo pant, parachute pants have a loose, drawstring fit at the waist and ankle (like a literal parachute). Originally popularized in the ‘80s as the harem pant by the hip-hop and breakdancing scene (thanks, MC Hammer!), we’re now seeing a modern-day rebirth of the billowy pants courtesy of TikTok.

How Do You Style Them?

With a more tapered fit and less exaggerated drop crotch than the ‘80s version, modern parachute are a touch less intimidating to wear, but no less statement-making.

The flowy, nylon-esque material is so bold that we suggest keeping it simple up top. Channel your inner Bridgerton and pair it with your favorite corset top like Madison Beer above, throw on a form-fitting graphic tee for a grunge look or stay simple with a neutral-colored tube top. If you want to cover up a bit more, we adore how celebrity stylist, Veneda Carter created a monotone, effortlessly cool look by throwing on a moss green quilted jacket.

While most TikToks videos show the pants worn extremely low-waist, the adjustable drawstring means you can also wear these as high-waist pants if that’s more your style. (Mom jean lovers can breathe a sigh of relief.)

Whether you’re a ‘90s gal at heart or are testing out a look that’s completely new to you, these drawstring pants are bound to make a statement.

Shop our favorite parachute pants:

parachute pants passec baggy cargo pants

1. Passec Baggy Cargo Pants

These bad boys are a major hit within the TikTok community. Besides the amazing price point, you’re going to be getting the whole package with these pants. They come in 16 colors to suit any look you’re going for.

Size range: S to XL

parachute pants bdg giada cargo pant
Urban Outfitters

2. Bdg Giada Cargo Pant

Nearly sold out in all sizes, these UO pants are a hit across the board, what with their large, exaggerated pockets at the thighs and chic, oversize fit.

Size range: 24 to 16

parachute pants uo riley cargo pant
Urban Outfitters

3. Uo Riley Cargo Pant

OK, we know. These are technically a cargo pant, as told by the name, but, as we previously mentioned, parachute pants are a close relative. Plus, nearly all sizes are in stock and you can snag some in both black and white.

Size range: XXS to XXXL

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4. Mieeyali Harajuku Vintage Baggy Jogger

These are another win, with a slightly more tailored, straight-leg look. A great dupe on the Motel Rocks and Jaded parachute pants, and definitely kinder on the wallet, pair these with a classic tank top and your favorite comfy sneakers to finish the look.

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Urban Outfitters

5. Iets Frans… Baggy Tech Cargo Pant

We adore this style for summer because, not only does it hit the parachute trend, but hot pink is so in right now. We love how these parachute pants don’t have too much going on with pockets and flare because the color speaks for itself. Go full monochromatic with this look and turn those heads.

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