'40s Modern

Our favorite retro update for fall pairs tailored, womanly silhouettes with a quite contemporary mix of colors and textures.

Plus, see the images of Hollywood goddesses that inspired us.

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Demure clothes get a quiet sex appeal from a few well-chosen accessories—in particular these dramatic leather gloves.
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Such fun, interesting proportions: a classic blouse and pleated pants topped with an ultra-cropped cardigan.
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Contrasting menswearish boiled wool with luxe, drapey velvet feels rich in a completely unexpected way.
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Even the most femme fatale of gowns gets a shot of irreverence, thanks to a thin turtleneck layered underneath.
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Wearing dark lace stockings against a snow white skirt really pops; a knotted navy sweater keeps with the edgy-yet-proper mood.
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The shapes here are conservative, but the styling—combining orange with red, casually belting the coat—is magpie-cool.

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