Work It!

Dress for success to achieve an allure of chicness with these smartly tailored suits. Show them you mean business.
ESSENCE.COM Oct, 15, 2012

1 of 15 Hannan Saleh. Styling By Réneise Francis

Subtle touches, like a satin ribbon belt or a silk blouse, can lend a softer touch to a suit.

Jacket, blouse and skirt, Elie Tahari, $398, $198 and $248, elietahari.com. Hoops, Kris Nations, $39, krisnations.com. Watch, Michael Kors, $250, michaelkors.com. Shoes, Cole Haan, $448, colehaan.com.

2 of 15 Photography by David Lawrence, Styling by John Olson.

Incorporate the season's hottest trends into your work attire.

Faux-leather jacket and skirt, Worthington, $40 and $25, jcp.com. Shirt, Bisou Bisou, $20, jcp.com.

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Break from the same old suit routine and experiment with new fabrics and colors.

Tweed jacket and skirt, Jones New York Collection, $249 and $129, Lord & Taylor stores.

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You don't have to spend your entire savings on a nice suit, visit the same cheap and chic retailers you normally shop at for fun fashion-forward alternatives you can afford.

Jacket and pants, Mango, $100 and $60, mango.com. Blouse, Charter Club, $64, macys.com.

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Bra size determines the fit and the shirt has double buttons to avoid gaping.

"Stretch Slim Fit" shirt, Rebecca & Drew Manufacturing, $150, rebeccaanddrew.com.

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The name says it all. The result is a superbly sleek silhouette.

"Perfect Tailored" shirt, Gap, $50, gap.com.

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This has a wonderfully relaxed fit and can easily be dressed down. It is also super affordable!

"JCP" shirt, jcp, $22, jcp.com.

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Jersey back and sleeves allow for comfy movement.

"Christie" shirt, Anne Fontaine, $250, Anne Fontaine, NYC, 212-421-0947.

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The zip font is a modern take on the classic.

"Corelia" shirt, Anne Fontaine, $295, Anne Fontaine, NYC, 212-421-0947.

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It's timeless and virtually wrinkle-resistant.

"Non Iron Fitted Sateen" shirt, Banana Republic, $60, Banana Republic stores.

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"Dorian" satchel, Lauren Ralph Lauren, $298, ralphlauren.com.

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Leather satchel, Calvin Klein, $228, macys.com.

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"Merona Leather Bottom" tote, Target, $30, Target stores, 800-800-8800.

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"Legacy" duffel, Coach, $348, coach.com.

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"Crystal-Top Handle" shopper, Ivanka Trump Handbags, $175, vonmaur.com.

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