"Blue has been one of my favorite colors since I was a little girl," says Jessica Cordova, 24, a first-grade teacher. She was surprised by how much she loved pairing it with a high-waisted leopard-print skirt. "It's fun but mature. I could wear this outfit to work with flats and tights, or with heels for going out to dinner with my husband." The short knit cardigan provides an easy way to try out the hue—just swap it in for your standard black one.
Skirt: Tracy Reese, $278. Cardigan: Magaschoni, $254. Handbag, Marni. Earrings, Camilla Dietz Bergeron. Coat: Talbots, $249.