White Collar

After years of languishing in the minor leagues think cater-waiter and school uniforms the crisp white shirt reclaims its title as the most versatile of wardrobe classics.

After years of languishing in the minor leagues — think cater-waiter and school uniforms — the crisp white shirt reclaims its title as the most versatile of wardrobe classics.
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Into the Folds

More origami than oxford, a sleeveless sheath with pleated shirttail leaves a lasting impression—wear with wide trousers and a belt for serious business.

Shirt, $1,750, pants, $2,100, belt, $730, Céline at Jeffrey Atlanta; (404) 237-9000. Shoes, $1,075, Christian Louboutin; christianlouboutin.com. Cuff, $1,195, Reed Krakoff; (877) 733-3525.

"David Roemer"
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Silver Standard

When transitioning from office- to after-hours with a single skirt change, a plain-front top is fine, but beaded is better.

Shirt, $1,190, Brunello Cucinelli; (714) 957-6930. Skirt, price upon request, N21; thecorner.com. Earrings, $945, Dries Van Noten at Jeffrey Atlanta; (404) 237-9000.

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Study in Contrast

Never underestimate the power of slick black leather to shake up a button-down's conservative core.

Shirt, $395, Calvin Klein Collection; (212) 292-9000. Dress, $2,050, Carven at Curve; (310) 360-8008. Bag, price upon request, Hermès; (800) 441-4488. Ring, $145, A.L.C.; shopbop.com.

"David Roemer"
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Casual Encounter

Avoid the humiliation of being spotted running errands in your sweats by upgrading to a new easy look of informal whites.

Shirt, $49.95, Gap; gap.com. Pants, $735, Chloé; chloe.com for stores. Shoes, $575, Dolce & Gabbana; (877) 70-DGUSA. Bracelet, $575, A.L.C.; shopbop.com.

"David Roemer"
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Full Coverage

It's amazing what one little button can do: Fastened from collar to navel, a demure shirtdress benefits from clinically chic attention to detail.

Dress, $4,700, Jil Sander; saksfifthavenue.com for stores.

"David Roemer"
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What Lies Beneath

Abbreviated skirt hemlines benefit from the additional length of an oversize man's shirt prudently grazing the thigh.

Blazer, $2,925, shirt, $745, skirt, $795, Les Copains; (212) 262-8556. Shoes, $795, Reed Krakoff; (877) 733-3525. Bag, price upon request, Chloé; chloe.com for stores. Bracelet, $175, Giles & Brother; gilesandbrother.com.

"David Roemer"
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Top Down

Strapless dresses get a new lease on life when layered over a sharp collared shirt—roll up the sleeves for added nonchalance.

Shirt, $68, Ann Taylor; anntaylor.com. Dress, $1,995, Maison Martin Margiela; (212) 989-7612. Gloves, $375, Carolina Amato; carolinaamato.com.

"David Roemer"
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Photo Finish

So much more stylish than a motivational poster: An artful overcoat with a landscape print promotes a cool, calm working environment.

Jacket, $1,960, Dries Van Noten; barneys.com for stores. Shirt, $59.50, Banana Republic; bananarepublic.com. Belted shorts, $1,540, Diesel Black Gold; (212) 755-3555. Shoes, $550, Casadei; neimanmarcus.com for stores. Ring, $350, Bottega Veneta; (212) 371-5511.

Hair: Keith Carpenter at The Wall Group. Makeup: Christian McCulloch for Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup. Manicure: Liang for Dior Vernis at Atelier Management.

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"David Roemer"
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