The two-piece suit: It’s an item of clothing that carries so many connotations, it’s become a slang term for the sort of person who usually wears one. That’d be a business executive, a government official, a lawyer or someone else with an equally office-centric lifestyle. So it’s little wonder why so many women steer clear of wearing suits in their day-to-day lives—outside of their 9-to-5 grind, at least—for fear of looking overly corporate or otherwise staid.
In fact, if you know how to style it, a suit can be one of the most valuable items in your entire closet. Today’s versions don’t just come in pinstriped or classic dark colors; some of our current favorites feature graphic prints and bold, eye-catching hues. And of course, you don’t have to (and shouldn’t!) wear both the jacket and bottoms together all the time—by mixing and matching them with other wardrobe standbys, you can create a ton of looks for every possible occasion, from weekend brunch to an evening cocktail party.
Still think a two-piece suit sounds boring? Click through the 10 chic and easy outfit ideas in the gallery above, and prepare to change your mind.