Modern Living: An American Wardrobe in Eleven Easy Pieces

Versatility and ease are the keynotes of contemporary American fashion. Matching and mixing her clothes, today's woman can adapt a basic wardrobe to suit up for any occasion. TIME asked the editors of Vogue to pick a sample multipurpose wardrobe whose eleven easy, though not exactly inexpensive, pieces can be worn from spring to early fall. Cost: $1,524.50.

The choice for an all-occasion best suit is John Anthony's pale gray-heather cotton-jersey long-sleeved, shirt-collared jacket, pleated wrap skirt and ivory muscle-sleeve T shirt ($210). The suit jacket can be worn with Anthony's matching pleated...

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