A friend recently asked me to do a post on work wear. I got to thinking about traditional office attire and remembered the first suit I ever purchased for an interview. I was 22; it was black, ill-fitting, and boring. At the time, I didn\u2019t know the power of a good tailor to help even the most mundane article of clothing look a million times better with the perfect fit, but I did know that I didn\u2019t like wearing a suit.\u00a0 Most of my jobs haven\u2019t required me to wear a suit except for the rarest occasion, but for those of you who do need to dress more professionally, I wanted to show you that cool and modern options exist! No more boring black suits in your future. MONDAY Start the work week off with a modern take on a traditional tuxedo with (1)\u00a0424 Fifth Lord & Taylor piped suit. \u00a0An edgy (2)\u00a0ring\u00a0and classically shaped suede and leather (3)\u00a0handbag\u00a0compliments the outfit.\u00a0The black tuxedo stripe instantly elongates the leg line and the jacket lapel in the shape of a v draws the eye toward the face.\u00a0 The single button just below the chest accentuates a tiny waist.\u00a0 The flat front pants with the side slit pockets create\u00a0a slimming illusion.\u00a0The cropped length is modern and a bit sexy, while showcasing interesting shoes, like the statement-making (4)\u00a0tartan heels. \u00a0TUESDAY I tend to avoid black suits because the color often seems stark on my olive skin.\u00a0 This (1)\u00a0Nanette Lepore tweed suit in brown tweed would be flattering on most skin tones.\u00a0 Its leather accents define a shoulder and give a modern edge to a classic print and textile.\u00a0 The subtle peplum is modern while defining a waist and at the same time camouflaging many women\u2019s problem area (little tummy).\u00a0\u00a0 This (2)\u00a0cuff bracelet mimics the gold in the zipper and adds subtle bling. \u00a0Although nearly any handbag color would work with this suit, I like this (3)\u00a0eggplant satchel, as burgundy handbags are so versatile and perfect for a fall and winter wardrobe. Finally, a (4)\u00a0snakeskin and suede pump will elongate the leg line while adding some drama to the look. WEDNESDAY This (1)\u00a0J. Crew cobalt tweed suit is unique because of its use of color, subtle print and black piping.\u00a0 It has a very modern shape with a shorter boxier jacket that will hit at the hipbone and a zipper front closure instead of more traditional buttons. The trousers are slim fit and straight with a flat front. They are cropped for a more modern take on a pants suit. Despite its color and slight pattern, this suit is still fairly simple in its shape and style, so it can withstand a stronger jewelry statement. I love this (2)\u00a0necklace\u00a0because it is bold in its design but subtle in its color. Sure, you can always pair your suit with a black tote or satchel, but I like the versatility of jewel tones, like this (3)\u00a0handbag\u00a0because it acts like a neutral color that can pair with almost anything. The cropped length of the pants should be showcased with an interesting shoe.\u00a0 I like these (4)\u00a0flat loafers for a nontraditional take on a work shoe. This suit would also look great with stiletto pumps, but the loafers are much more unexpected and cool. THURSDAY If you are print averse, I dare you to try one.\u00a0 Black and white is a great place to start, with this (1)\u00a0Torn Houndstooth peplum suit. A print like this screams confidence and it is modern, yet girly with a more exaggerated peplum.\u00a0 Since this suit has a full-length sleeve and high neckline, going a tad bit shorter on the skirt works to showcase lean legs and adds just a touch of sexiness to this outfit. To break up the print, I like this adjustable length (2)\u00a0necklace\u00a0to add subtle dimension to the outfit.\u00a0 A black and white suit lends itself to almost any color bag and shoes, but I opted for more muted colors with this black and blue (3)\u00a0satchel and (4)\u00a0burgundy pumps to keep the suit the star (and no, you don't need to match your handbag and shoes!). FRIDAY Many offices have a lax Friday dress code, but instead of wearing the obligatory jeans on Friday, why not step out in (1) Milly\u2019s edgy\u00a0metallic tweed suit?\u00a0 This suit can easily transition from day to evening as is, or you could throw on dark skinny jeans with the blazer for one look, or trade in the matching blazer for a fitted black leather jacket to pair with the tweed skirt as another option.\u00a0 The slightly shorter skirt may not work in a more conservative office setting, so add black opaque tights for a more covered up look.\u00a0\u00a0 Since this suit is pretty dramatic on its own, these diamond-shaped (2)\u00a0earrings\u00a0don\u2019t overwhelm the already vibrant outfit but add some subtle shine near the face.\u00a0\u00a0I chose a simply shaped (3)\u00a0handbag and (4)\u00a0black pumps with an interesting cutout design, both items with small metallic details to mimic the chain in the blazer.