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Work It

The Jacket


Bleu de travail (working blues) is one of the (hardly) best-kept secrets of men’s wear. The late Bill Cunningham, the beloved New York Times fashion photographer, was rarely seen without his ultra-blue chore coat, making it a staple of stylish wardrobes. Equal parts casual and smart, this timeless jacket is best represented by Vétra, the beloved manufacturer of genuine French workwear established in 1927. The company’s superior craftsmanship is so well known in France that it’s said some labor unions demanded the brand for their uniforms in the late 60s. It offers the jacket in a variety of fabrics, from moleskin to twill (available in plenty of colors), but we like the classic cotton, in the classic indigo, best. ($176, garmentory.com)

Buckle Up

The Everyday Belt


Belt shopping doesn’t muster much enthusiasm. But a stylish belt is essential, and designer Vanessa Seward’s new collection for La Redoute includes a 2020-worthy model. Available in both black and brown, it’s slim enough to work with standard-size belt loops but sufficiently detailed with whipstitching to hold its own over a sweater, shirt, or dress. ($57, laredoute.com)

Color It

The Dinner Dress


Have you ever stood in front of your closet on a Saturday night, scrambling to find a dinner ensemble that didn’t involve denim or excessively baring cocktail attire? Help is here, in the form of A.W.A.K.E. Mode’s color-blocked maxi-dress. Its lightweight fabric is ideal for spring and summer, while the long sleeves protect you from the occasional restaurant chill. The silhouette itself is very flattering, and the fluted hem ensures that your walk looks a bit more elegant than usual. ($625, net-a-porter.com)

Slip On

Roger Vivier Pumps


Creative director Gherardo Felloni has been dreaming up some very good-looking shoes since his 2018 arrival at Roger Vivier. But his spring ’20 take on the Belle Vivier pumps—originally introduced in the 60s—is our unequivocal favorite. It’s hard to imagine an outfit that won’t be greatly improved by these antique rose-colored heels, made of suede and mesh. And the low heels and square toes were designed with both comfort and style in mind, fating these for an all-day affair. ($875, net-a-porter.com)

Jaunt It

Top-Notch Trousers


We’re as susceptible to Instagram advertising as the next fashion fiend. It rarely works out, but when it does, it’s kind of magical. Introducing Frankie Shop, a purveyor of trend-driven tailoring founded by the French former news producer Gaelle Drevet. The brand began in 2014 as a store on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, but it can now be found all over your feed. These charcoal high-rise trousers have worked wonders for our winter wardrobe. High-waisted and full-length, they’re resolutely unfancy, exactly as all good pants should be. ($149, frankieshop.com)

Issue No. 31
February 15, 2020
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Issue No. 31
February 15, 2020
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