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Fashion draws on looks from Far East

The newest jackets and shirts for spring are inspired by traditional costumes of the Far East.

With stand-up collars and long slender shapes, the jackets somehow have a more feminine appeal than blazers.

The shirts, long enough to wear as tunics, are an elegant twist on the classic white shirt. Best of all, there are variations in a wide range of prices.

Ralph Lauren's spring collection, inspired by Indochina, includes mandarin-collar jackets ($870) and vests ($295) in black wool crepe.

They're at Bergdorf Goodman, which also has mandarin-collar shirt tunics in ivory or pink cotton with frog closures by Voyage ($200).

A Nehru jacket in oatmeal-colored wool and nylon by Linda Allard for Ellen Tracy ($335) and a beige linen Nehru jacket by Vittadini Sport ($175) are at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Bloomingdale's has DKNY's beige silk Nehru jacket ($325), and the Gap has unlined linen Nehru tunics ($52).

Wear any of these styles with stovepipe-thin pants and you'll be onto a trend.