Elements of Style: August 2013

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Even the most carefully considered wardrobe requires a few versatile components to lend the wearer a touch of personal style. One such item, the Corneliani ID jacket, introduced nearly a decade ago, takes rugged outerwear in a surprising yet natural direction by doubling as a sport coat. A removable inset enables the wearer to effortlessly convert the garment based on the occasion; zip it up on a windy harbor cruise or unfasten it for a cocktail party at the yacht club. The ID jacket has become a leading design for the Italian menswear house—and for the numerous other brands that quickly borrowed the concept. But Corneliani, which has the cachet of being the original, offers the freshest versions, such as this lightweight Donegal jacket with a detachable flannel vest and elbow patches ($1,795). Corneliani, 800.222.9477, www.corneliani.com —Jill Newman

Signature pieces remain stylish for generations. The Steve McQueen sunglasses by Persol ($380, available at Sunglass Hut) were created for the actor in 1968 and remain a best seller today. Though Louis Vuitton’s Damier pattern was first designed in 1888, its latest iteration, which features graphite gray and black checks with black leather trim, gives a modern, urban look to any accessory. Shown here are the fashion house’s computer sleeve ($905), watch case ($795), bracelet ($225), wallet ($305), and round case with collapsible sunglasses inside ($1,340). The smart striped-silk necktie by Isaia ($225, available at Saks Fifth Avenue) reminds us that some traditional wardrobe staples are irreplaceable. Sunglass Hut, 800.786.4527, www.sunglasshut.com; Louis Vuitton, 866.884.8866, www.louisvuitton.com; Saks Fifth Avenue, 212.753.4000, www.saks.comJ.N.

An enduring design needs no logo to be instantly recognized. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s swiveling art-deco timepiece, the Reverso, was unveiled in 1931; the double time zone Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Duoface ($19,400) updates this classic model. Cartier’s Trinity line, which came on the scene in 1924, was made famous by the artist Jean Cocteau, who habitually wore two of the three interlinking Trinity rings ($1,150, in yellow, white, and rose gold) on the same finger. Other Cartier signatures include the Trinity knot-shaped cuff links ($4,750); the Spring cuff links ($5,250), which were inspired by a watch mechanism; and the Double Ring cuff links ($5,350) with four cabochons resembling those found on Cartier watches. Jaeger-LeCoultre, 800.552.8463, www.jaegerlecoultre.com; Cartier, 800.227.8437, www.cartier.com J.N.

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