Sure it's a staple, but it doesn't have to be a snooze. One woman tries four creative configurations.
By Adam Glassman
Swap in a Cardigan
A suit jacket, pants, or skirt mixed with less structured pieces makes for a modern take on business dressing. "I can wear patterns and still look professional," says Erika Michelle, a 36-year-old physician.
Jacket and skirt, throughout, $198 and $108; AnnTaylor.com. Cardigan, $275; ToryBurch.com. Tank, Hilton Hollis, $285, Neiman Marcus; 800-365-7989. Belt, Melamed, $150; 310-247-8789. Shoes, $570; DolceGabbana.it for stores