6. Go with What Suits You

Go with What Suits You Take That, Bright Blues! Step Out in Style with a Black (yes, Black) Blazer

Modern Sleek Blazer from Banana Republic

Perhaps a job interview, meeting or more formal occasion requires you to wear a dark pant or skirt suit. (Yeah, we’re not always wild about parting ways with our comfy tanks and sandals, either). But just because you’re wearing a suit doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re trying out for a role in the next Men in Black movie or considering life in a convent. Perfectly-matched black blazers and black pants in perfectly-coordinated fabrics is perfectly . . . predictable. Blah.

We say: go ahead and wear that all-black pant (or skirt) suit, but don’t work yourself into a fit of match-perfection. Make sure that blazer is in a fabric or black hue that suits YOU. Mix it up a bit. Maybe it’s a linen blazer worn with blended-fabric pants. Perhaps the blazer is a silver-black shade, perfect for combining with that licorice-black skirt.

You can be buttoned up without looking buttoned up—big difference.

Gone are the days that breaking out a black blazer means you’re chilly, boring or considering a job in the Secret Service (or all three). Time to introduce—or reintroduce—this versatile piece to your wardrobe and wear it your way!

Ladies, let us know how you’re wearing black blazers these days. What are some of your favorite ways to wear them?