Suit Up! A Fresh Way To Wear This Workwear Staple

Here’s a fashion rule of thumb you can toss: suit pieces are meant to be worn together. It’s time to breathe new life into the matchy-matchy workplace suit by taking a cue from Naomi Watts, who breaks up her suit separates in a sophisticated, laid-back way. Get creative with the non-suit suit: pair a tailored blazer with printed pants or style a basic black jacket with a punchy pencil skirt. The result? An unexpectedly chic look that maximizes your suit’s potential.

On Naomi Watts:
Helmut Lang Era Suiting Jacket ($645), Solar Drape Pants ($290), and Exclusive To Intermix Patent Trim Sleeveless Blouse ($298); Gucci New Bamboo Leather Top Handle Bag ($2030); Theory Seraphina Sandals ($225) in Camel.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Linen Blazer ($199, available April)

T. Babaton Elliot Pants ($95) in Royal Navy

Zara Blazer ($100)

J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt in Pinwheel Eyelet ($120) in Neon Rose

French Connection Prime Run Jacket ($288)

Joe Fresh Slim Print Pants ($39)

H&M Blazer ($60)

Mossimo Zipper Pencil Skirt ($23)

Tommy Hilfiger Ria Boston Blazer ($248, 212.223.1824)

G.V.G.V. for Uniqlo Dip Ankle Length Pants ($50) in Red

Minimum Blazer ($168)

Club Monaco Patricia Striped Silk Pants ($150)

Express Shawl Collar Blazer ($118, available April)

Madewell Pleated Trousers ($125)

Étoile Isabel Marant Andrew Shrunken Jacket ($375)

Topshop Green Double Pleat Calf Skirt ($96)