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Getting Suited Up for Spring in Monochrome

Spring 2011 look from (l-r): Prada, Helmut Lang, Reed Krakoff. Images via <a href=""></a>
Spring 2011 look from (l-r): Prada, Helmut Lang, Reed Krakoff. Images via

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It's been a long time since a full-fledged suit has been considered sexy on a woman, but designers decided to pull out an old classic for Spring 2011. Monochromatic suits were all over the shows, some in more wearable colors than others. We have a personal affinity for the crisp coolness of an all-white ensemble that practically screams "summer chic," but other options are worth exploring for those with a more unique wardrobe.

If you're going to try the suit look, save up the cash an invest in one that's meant to go together so the colors and cut will match and fit well. And it goes without saying that a white, black or even navy suit will be easier to deconstruct and wear multiple ways throughout your wardrobe than, say, a lime green one. If you know for sure you won't be wearing it to work, go for a sexier cut, a sweepingly wide leg, or a plunging blazer. But don't underestimate the hot-investment-banker-ness of a work-appropriate look--just play up the accessories to keep it from looking like a stereotype (we recommend a bright handbag and wooden wedge sandals).

And by all means, leave the fanny pack at home.
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