Utilitarian pants have swaggered back from the ’90s: Today’s iterations have moved beyond the military and hip-hop circles, and gained credibility with the fashion set. Go the way of Kim Shui and reach for a sleek, satiny pair in a head-turning hue, or brave the heat and do sexy in a low-slung leather pair teamed with a bustier, like at Dion Lee. Prefer a more sophisticated and unfussed silhouette? Look to Max Mara, where things were kept simple, crisp and monochrome with a palazzo version cinched at the waist and worn with a classic tank for an effortless vibe. If you’re looking to stay true to the pants’ original intent, hit the streets in Burberry’s reworked Rorschach-like camo number, or opt for a baggy, multi-pocketed pair that truly lets you go hands-free, à la Kenzo. General rule of thumb? Keep your top simple and close to the body, but if you choose to do maximum, make it print on print. Whichever way you decide to go, this wardrobe staple works hard in style and function.
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