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Carolina Herrera

The look: The Most Elegant Woman in the Room

The key elements: Perfectly laundered white shirt, pencil skirt, elegant earrings, and maybe a belt. Maybe.

The message: Elegance really is refusal, and Herrera, who is one of the most famous designers of her time, generally refuses embellishments and unnecessary decorations in her own personal style. Her empowering, confident designs have always toed the same line.

As for white shirts, "They make me feel secure," she once said. "When I don't know what to wear, I choose a white shirt."

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