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Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth, Casablanca: We love 1940s glamour. This said, we've traditionally been wary of mimicking the style, lest we end up looking like a Dick Tracy character. Luckily, this season we're seeing tons of subtle, sophisticated ways to channel the era.

For starters, it's all about the dress, which comes bold-shouldered, silky and elegantly printed, like this fresh-off-the-runway Miu Miu number ($5,325). At a lower price point, we're digging Rebecca Taylor's cutout creation ($425) or Anthropologie's flirty shirtdress ($178). Go full-on noir with a tighter, pencil-skirted version ($690).

As for shoes, we like simple, elegant Mary Janes ($198) as well as more playful interpretations like these blue, scalloped Manolos ($775) and this Chinese-inspired pair ($388), which we'd wear with wool or patterned tights. For a more casual look, try a stacked saddle shoe ($60).

Next it's time to pick your arm candy. This Valextra tote ($2,920) is just about perfection, though any sharp, boxy handbag--say, Zara's rich burgundy version ($80)--will do the trick.

Finish up with the perfect accessory, like an embroidered handkerchief ($25) or a kicky pair of cat-eye shades ($55).

And whatever you do: Don't forget the sultry red manicure.

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