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Menswear staples get a smart, feminine spin. A cotton dress shirt is all business up front and elaborately smocked in back; the black silk vest comes attached to long white cotton lapels. Tapered trousers, roomy in the hips, have a single crisp pleat on each leg. An ultrathin cashmere scarf and oversize square bracelets inject personality.

8 Musts for a Modernist Wardrobe:
  • A white shirt: straight lines
  • A sleeveless blouse: voluminous; shiny; solid color
  • A jacket: clean lines; single-breasted; narrow lapels; strong shoulders
  • A vest: worn over a shirt or as part of a multilayered look
  • A cardigan: boxy shape; cashmere or wool
  • Trousers: structured; tab front; no cuffs
  • A skirt: straight-cut; no frills
  • A dress: knee- or floor-length; tailored; easy fabrics

Shirt, $365, and vest, $385, both Kal Rieman. Trousers, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $90. Scarf, J.Crew. Bracelets, Raffaella Mannelli and Flutter by Jill Golden.

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