Somewhere back in 2012, minimalism muscled its way into the mainstream and enjoyed a solid five-year run. Staples like relaxed-fit pants, oversize sweaters and understated loafers in neutral colors slowly took over the 'gram — and the street style circuit as a whole. But if Fall 2017's crushed velvet puffers (see: Dion Lee), bold graphic tees (looking at you, Fiorucci), and statement sleeves (literally every designer ever) are any indication, maximalism is making a comeback — and fast.
Still, what happens if you're a minimalist at heart, trend-cycle be damned? Good news: If you're someone that fundamentally hates decorative details and patches, there's still a runway-endorsed way to upgrade your basics without going full-on rose-embroidered denim. Enter: subtly embellished bottoms.
Made popular by labels like Beaufille, Ellery and Celine, bottoms with quieter, more precise details like a tiered flare or godet-hem pant are like a maximalist's starter kit. Don't care for patterned pants? Try subtle piping, or even a racing stripe if you're feeling bold. Can't get on the bell-bottom train? Split-front, cropped flares aren't exclusive to luxury retailers anymore. Not into all-over grommets? You're wrong. (Just kidding — try a feminine-leaning lace trim, or marble-button-lined pockets instead.)
Ahead, 15 pairs of unfussy, subtly detailed bottoms that'll still allow you to refer to your personal style as "effortless" — if you're into that sort of thing.
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