Tuxedos have long been a staple of masculine elegance, a crisply tailored and starkly contrasting black and white ensemble reserved for events where the people are dignified and the champagne is plentiful. But slowly this handsome costume has worked its way into the wardrobes of the opposite sex. Making its runway debut in 1966 on the catwalk of the brilliant Yves Saint Laurent, the tuxedo was suddenly transformed from virile to vixen.
With the launch of his “le smoking” jacket and trousers combination, YSL gained the reputation for challenging tradition and creating womanly elegance in unconventional ways, a reputation that continues to live on even years after Mr. Laurent’s passing. The tuxedo has become the brand’s classic style and has been reinvented each season with a new twist ever since the very first year.
Today tuxedos have been seen on celebrities from Rihanna to the Olsen twins. Even the matriarch of the Kardashian klan, Kris Jenner, has deemed tuxedos to be her signature style. And every one of these women look phenomenal in the formerly men’s-only black tie — and far from manly.
Luckily this trend is not only fashion-forward, but figure-flattering as well. The tailoring and cinched waist create a slim, elongated silhouette.
This season, tuxedos get yet another makeover with pretty florals and bright bottoms. While the black and white combination will forever remain a classic, this bold revamp gives old “the penguin suit” a run for it’s money. Don’t be afraid to play with colors, just make sure the shirt underneath is a calm neutral like white or cream (yes you have to wear a shirt underneath, ahem, Miley Cyrus). And keep the trousers solid and embellishment free to maintain sanity and avoid pattern overload. When it comes to accessories, stay simple. Maybe a classic stiletto and small studs. And a clutch is a must.
Brightly-colored cigarette pants:
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