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