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For those times when you want to send your lunch partner a message about who wears the pants, there's often no better way to tell 'em then with a pair of wide-leg trousers (or by picking up the tab—but we'd rather shell out for new trousers).
Milla Jovovich is a modern-day master at the sartorial trick, adding flair to the equation by pairing a classic white button down with high-waisted pants and taking things into French power suit territory by throwing a dramatic knee-grazing coat over her shoulders.
Take a page from the star for your next high-powered negotiation at the Ivy or Lafayette, with the below no-fail black-and-white plan.
(From Left): Masculine Double-Breasted Coat, $189 at Zara; Tibi Silk Wide Leg Trousers, $135 at Saks Fifth Avenue; Blythe Blouse, $49.99 at J.Crew