Last Sunday's Super Bowl XLV show gave viewers plenty to buzz about: the highly anticipated commercials, the Black Eyed Peas' "Tron"-inspired halftime show, and, oh yeah, a football game. But who knew Christina Aguilera's rendition of our national anthem would be what lingered on people's minds well after the game was over?
Yes, she botched the lyrics and it was painful to watch because the national anthem is one of those songs you learn when you're old enough to speak and it just sticks with you (or, perhaps, with most of us). And yes, she really did merge a couple of lines, singing, "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming." But the truth is, not only did Aguilera sound great singing the wrong lyrics in front of a packed Cowboys Stadium, she's never looked better.
For someone who usually goes for the tightest, lowest-cut minis and awards gowns, it was refreshing to see the "Burlesque" star in a conservative, appropriate Dolce & Gabbana black suit and stockings. For her shoes she chose sky-high, sparkly red Christian Louboutin Calypso pumps. (She could have just been trying to add a little flair with the dramatic shoes, but I like to think Aguilera was showing the world that the fearless wild child who sang "Dirrty" is still in there.)
A plain black suit, of course, is versatile and appropriate for many occasions, whether you're singing at the Super Bowl or wearing it to work the following Monday. A suit-skirt set offers obvious advantages, but you can save money if you buy separates. Just keep two things in mind: First, keep your blacks the same. Contrary to popular belief, there are different shades of black, and it's noticeable when your jacket is lighter than your skirt or vice versa. Second, keep your fabrics uniform — or as similar as possible.
For a skirt that hugs your figure but stops just above the knee try the BCX skirt from Macy's for $24.98, the Minnie Rose pencil skirt from NeimanMarcus.com for $36 or the Stretch woven skirt from Max Studio for $38.
Match your new skirt, or one you already own, with one of these suit jackets: the Charter Club two-button suiting blazer from Macy's for $49.98, the ruched-sleeve girlfriend blazer from Arden B. for $59 or the shrunken ruffle detail blazer from Charlotte Russe for $39.50.
And, finally, any brightly colored pair of high heels will add some oomph to your suit, but why not sparkle like Aguilera? Kohl's has a great pair of sparkly pink platform heels by Candie's for $39.97.