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COLUMN DRESS

Nodding to late-‘90s minimalism, this year’s looks take the simple to a bolder place. Basic neutrals here are given the update of an angular keyhole cutout and light shoulder-padding to sharpen their silhouette. By Gucci; $2,500 at Nordstrom.

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CENTER-PLEATED TOP/SLIM PANT

A twist on the ‘80s: the strong suit for the working woman. The stop still boldly draws the familiar triangle of broad shoulders narrowing to a slim waist, but paired with a narrow, tapered pan, the once-edgy masculine form is tempered by a confident, relaxed femininity. Top by Alex Gallatin; $400 by appointment at alexgallatin@gmail.com Pants by Helmut Lang; $345 at Mario’s

MERCILESS DRESS

One dress mirror multiple eras harmoniously, as a ’60s mini-hemline meets and ’80s shoulder and some ultramodern, geometric cutouts for a retro look at the future. By Therese Rawsthorne; $365 at Frances May

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THE DRESS

Oh, ‘80s excess, it’s nice to have you back. But this time around, look for that era’s exaggerated shapes mimicked more minutely in strong shoulders and modest asymmetries. Dress by Bryce Black; $4,000 by appointment at bryceblackapparel@gmail.com; Shoes by Dolce-Vita-Spank; $119.95 at Solestruck

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ACTS OF LIGHT DRESS

Dior’s late-1940s "New Look" is revived as the famous sloped shoulders, nipped waist, and fuller hips get dramatic new tucks and a fresh hemline. By Idom; $195 at Idom

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DONATELLA REVERSIBLE COAT

As the curtain closed on the 1950s, the traditional fullness of the circle skirt morphed into the triangular trapeze tent dress. Add sleeves and an accordion collar that doubles as a hood, and you have a coat for the changing season—and era. By Mycra Pac; $240 at Anne Bocci Boutique

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WHITBOURNE TRENCH

The trench coat harks all the way back to the 19th century, but it gained its "classic" status courtesy of Casablanca. Now, with a slim, hugging silhouette, detailed seaming, and asymmetrical gun flap, it takes its place in the 21st century. By Burberry London; 41,295 at Nordstrom

CAPELET DRESS

Hail to the ’60s shift-dress revolution, when Mary Quant hoisted hemlines above the knee and Yves Saint Laurent splashed his dresses with Mondrian color blocking. Revisit both in this blocked wool crepe shift with an off-center capelet. By Liza Rietz; $295 at Liza Rietz Showroom

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