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Outfit of the Week: A Smart Way to Layer Basics

So you’ve refreshed your basics, but you’re still at a loss over how to style them? Here’s an idea for a simple-but-chic weekday outfit that you can pull together quickly in the morning. Begin with a crisp, white shirt tucked into gray trousers. This pair is high-waisted and features a slightly thicker waistband, a subtle detail that differentiates the pair from every other low-slung cropped style. With flats (instead of high heels) and a scarf knotted at the neck, this ensemble offers that nonchalant Parisian feel without feeling like a French-girl stereotype.

To really tie it all together, add on another basic: the classic trench coat. Should you prefer the same look at a lower price point, here’s a great option. Finish the outfit with a roomy, practical work bag and you’re ready for another day at the office.

Photo: Jody Rogac

A.P.C. Vendée trench coat, $635 at A.P.C.; Uniqlo supima cotton stretch long-sleeve shirt, $39.90 at Uniqlo; MICHAEL Michael Kors high-waisted stretch wool trousers, $150 at Michael Kors; Paul Andrew Rhea suede slingback flats, $545 at Nordstrom; Mansur Gavriel Lady bag, $1,195 at Mansur Gavriel; Coach skulls silk scarf, $195 at Coach.

Photographer: Jody Rogac; styling by Diana Tsui; model: Alecia Morais at The Society; makeup by Allie Smith; hair by Takashi Ashizawa using Oribe Hair Care; photo editor: Emily Shornick; photo assistant: Tim Schutsky.

Outfit of the Week: A Smart Way to Layer Basics