How To Go From Minimalism To Maximalism In 2016

Forget the notion of out with the old, in with the new. This season, trends from two opposite ends of the style spectrum are sticking around: minimalism and maximalism. Last year, we saw the minimalist look dominate. And while we're not about to let go of our favorite geometric and clean-lined pieces just yet, we are ready for the reemergence of maximalism. Admit it: It's hard to stay away from explosions of color and embroidery for too long.

To prepare you for the new year, we're providing iterations of both trends to let you choose what suits you best. Of course, since minimal and maximal pieces are about to live side-by-side on sales racks, you also have the freedom to mix and match. Ahead is a short primer on the details of how to spot — and wear — the best of the two extremes. The most street style-worthy ensembles find a balance between understated and overstated, so if you can't pick between the two, maybe you don't have to.
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Minimalism is all about sporting a piece with understated details. A slip-on silk dress goes a long way, especially when it has subtle side slits or a sheer neck line (or both!).

Cos Long V-Neck Silk Dress, $225, available at Cos.
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Wear an all-over, eye-catching design to go full-on maximalist.

Zara Long Printed Dress, $69.90, available at Zara.
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Stick to basic jeans with a single wash option.

Topshop Moto Premium Selvedge Girlfriend Jeans, $85, available at Topshop.
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This pair is a lesson in achieving an out-of-the-box look with the right amount of detailing. With eye-popping embroidery, cotton jeans are suddenly transformed into a statement piece.

Stella McCartney Tomboy Embroidered Jeans, $795, available at Farfetch.
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Pick a sculptural coat in a single shade for a clean aesthetic.

Trademark Almond Collarless Coat, $678, available at Trademark.
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Choosing a can't-miss-it print is like taking the express lane to maximalism. Pair this oversized coat with layers now, and style it without come spring when the motif feels especially apropos.
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Minimalism isn't just reserved for boxy designs. This suede skirt boasts an asymmetrical cut that softens the shape.

1-01 Babaton Cecily Skirt, $245, available at Aritzia.
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The grungy attitude of the middle laces and patchwork effect are undeniably eye-catching. Pair this with an equally extreme patterned top or a simple black turtleneck, depending on how daring you're willing to be.

Preen By Thornton Bregazzi Multi A-Line Plaid Astor Skirt, $1080 $540, available at Avenue32.
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The perfect, slightly oversized sweater every wardrobe needs.

T By Alexander Wang Oversized Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater, $325, available at Net-A-Porter.
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A sweater, even in black, can be not so boring with the the right texture and interesting accents.

Front Row Shop Black Embroidery Tops With Fur Details, $81 $72.90, available at Front Row Shop.
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This chunky loafer gets its unique, minimalist touch from a muted velcro strap.

Charles & Keith Covered Loafers, $59 $46, available at Charles & Keith.
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Make a brogue stand out with a stitched design that plays off the contrasting colored leather. Plus, the chunky camouflage sole makes it that much more expressive.

Attilio Giusti Leombruni shoe.
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Featuring a simple rounded neck and an all-over sheer look, the minimal highlights in this shirt extend to its unfinished sleeves and hem.

Isabel Marant Etoile Plumy T-Shirt, $140, available at Al Duca D'aosta.
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Sheer, lace, silk: This top meshes together everything, and somehow still works.

Marco De Vincenzo Lace Overlay Shortsleeved Top, $1,121.84 $673.10, available at Farfetch.
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Pay close attention to shapes for a minimalist look. Top handles are also in this year, giving sore shoulders and forearms everywhere a much needed break.

Rachel Comey Rider, $391, available at Rachel Comey.
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This bag takes a minimal approach to maximalism (yup, only in fashion) by blending a classic leather satchel with a bold rainbow print.

Anya Hindmarch Rainbow Small Bathurst Satchel, $2,250, available at Anya Hindmarch.