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“Mod­ern women are not go­ing to be dic­tated to,” says Ge­orge Sharp, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent of Jones New York, which has been out­fit­ting chic pro­fes­sion­als since 1970. “In the ’80s, you al­most had to look mas­cu­line to be taken se­ri­ously. Those rules are bro­ken now.” Wendy Hirschberg Clur­man, the brand’s fash­ion di­rec­tor, agrees. “Women’s lives have changed,” she says, not­ing that work­ing women’s wardrobes must also fit with their post-9-to-5 lives. To help, Hirschberg Clur­man cites four items as fash­ion es­sen­tials: “If you have a black blazer, a black sheath, a black pen­cil skirt and jeans, you’re pretty much set. You mix them any which way.”

Polyester and vis­cose jacket ($189); polyester and fauxleather dress ($159); polyester coat ($289). All JNY

Col­lec­tion (at Hud­son’sBay,

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