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work up the ladder Shift Change Divide and conquer with fresh ensembles built from a ho-hum suit split in two Make the most of what's in your closet: A few suits in neutral hues can mix and match with bright, trendier pieces. Start With: A Pencil Skirt With a simple pencil skirt as your base, the sky's the limit up top. Let your true colors shine and pile on a bright, patterned jacket and blouse in your favorite hues . Accessorize in complementary colors to keep the pulled-together feel. Jacket by Insight, $136, blouse by press, $74, bangles, $42 each, tote by Christian Livingston, $83; Chauette, 7466 Hubbard Ave., Middleton; shopchauette. com. Eyelet pencil skirt, $70; Ann Taylor Loft, West Towne Mall, Madison; loft. com. Bead and Band heel by All Black, $136; Cornblooms, Hilldale, Madison; (608) 238-9282. 28 BRAVA Magazine July 2013 Start With: A Basic Blazer A fitted jacket promotes casual outfits to professional ensembles. Simple yet tailored, it's an easy, trendy match with even your boldest garments—think patterned tops and bright bottoms—that's perfect whether you're headed to the boardroom or out for cocktails after work. Blazer, $98; Ann Taylor Loft, West Towne Mall, Madison; Wrap top by Karen Kane, $78, handbag by Samo, $99; Terese Zache Designs, Hilldale, Madison; Stuart pant by Ecru, $148, chain necklaces, $40 each; Chauette, 7466 Hubbard Ave., Middleton; All about sandal by Coconuts, $49; Cornblooms, Hilldale, Madison; (608) 238-9282.

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