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The Gentler Leather Jacket
Keep the edge, lose the toughness: Instead of typical biker black, zip up a white or cream version.

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Steal: A feminine take on the rebel-without-a-cause look, this hip fitted number isn't just for weekends—its trim shape and snappy details make it officeworthy. Bagatelle for Ann Taylor; $149; AnnTaylor.com

Good Deal: New clothes with a lived-in, not-too-precious look—like this crinkled-leather motorcycle-style jacket—have a wonderful nonchalance. Scarf, Yigal Azrouël; jacket, Express, $298, Express.com

Splurge: Knits and leather—the most supple fabrics on earth—join forces in a broad-collared jacket that's beyond soft. It comes in ivory with a slight pinkish undertone, so it's ideal with spring's pale neutrals. Scarf, Bajra; jacket, A.L.C., $1,095, Barneys New York, 888-822-7639

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