Yes, we adore dresses-they are the key wardrobe item of the season-but there's something incredibly sharp about menswear-inspired suits. First of all, it's nice to see women dressing like adults, especially after the slew of age-inappropriate choices we view on a regular basis. Also, this look is modest (no commando issues here!) yet fundamentally sexy, and we love how celebs, like Ashley Olsen, keep their suits simple by selecting black and white pieces.
Look to the spring shows of Armani, Balenciaga, or Demeulemeester for some runway inspiration. Since the palette is stark, we suggest following in the above trendsetters' footsteps and use a small amount of color as a punctuation. Perhaps try a bright or berry lip (like Charlize or Kirsten) or a cherry handbag (like Rumor Willis). Style-wise, we like this best with a tucked in shirt and a healthy amount of shirt cuffs exposed.
It's refreshingly simple to pull this look together, especially since you're likely to have many of the necessary items. If you're going to buy one piece, we suggest picking up a black, fitted blazer. Stores like the Gap, Club Monaco, and Brooks Brothers are all likely to carry what you want. Banana Republic's chino blazer is a good find with a range of sizes-petite, regular, and tall ($168, bananarepublic.com). One of our favorite picks comes from cult-denim label Rag & Bone. They make a skinny cotton blazer that's impeccably tailored ($384, shopbop.com).
Photo of Rumer, courtesy of www.x17online.com
Photo of Kirsten, courtesy of Splash News