What do you wear on a fancy night when you are bored of the routine cocktail dress? This spring a “Luxe Tux” is an elegant, sexy option.
The Tuxedo trend, first dubbed Le Smoking, was first introduced by Yves St. Laurent in the 60’s. It’s a dramatic, sensual look that isn’t for everyone, but on the right woman (a woman with a little Marlene Dietrich in her, LOL), it can be stunning.
Many over 40 stars have turned up on the red carpet in tuxes, inspiring style-conscious women everywhere to give this look a try. Here are some tips on how to Nail the Tuxedo Trend.
1. Wear the Jacket Alone
The sexiest way to wear the Tuxedo Look is to wear the jacket alone with its deep V, maybe even some cleavage showing. It plays out that fantasy of sexy you, in your big strong man’s elegant, oversized evening jacket wearing nothing underneath.
2. A Vest Can Be Sexy Too
The other way you style it is by wearing a sexy button up vest. It’s also very alluring because let’s face it, vests are really meant to be worn with stiff white shirts, not alone against soft, bare, feminine skin. It’s a hot surprise.
3. Wear Pants with a Feminine Blouse
If you prefer to wear just the tuxedo pants, without the jacket, then a feminine blouse is the way to do it. Something satin or silk is beautiful. Your top can have lace or ruffles. It can be loose or draped, even a peplum, whatever suits your personality.
The key is to have that contrast the difference between the straight, strong masculine lines of the tux and the soft, round, feminine curves of your body. That’s what is so sexy.
4. High Heels are a Must
Killer pointy heeled pumps or strappy high sandals are the way to go when you wear the tuxedo look. Laura’s shoes, which were super comfortable and edgy, were a Zara find and well priced at under $80.
5. Carry a Clutch or Sleek Handbag
Accessories can make or break an outfit like this. Keep the look elegant with a structured clutch or boxy bag. A soft, swishy bag would ruin the formality and drama of the look.
6. Keep Hair & Make-Up Sophisticated
With a tux, the best way to look polished is to go with a classic dash of red on your lips, or you can wear a glossy nude. Forget girly pink and peach lips and avoid dark mauve and brown shades on the lips, which always look harsh after 40 no matter what you are wearing. Hair should be
7. Some Jewelry is Fine
Gorgeous, shiny jewelry worn with this masculine look is a gender-bending so long as you just have a touch of it. Try a big sparkly ring or gold necklace. A bit of bling really warms things up and makes you shine but jewelry that is too busy will detract from the look.
These are all Celebrities. Can an everyday gal over 40 wear this look?
Recently I was at a charity concert performance and ran into personal shopper Laura Paletta who looked totally on-trend in her menswear tuxedo. Laura’ s outfit is a great example of combining high-end designer pieces with more everyday, affordable brands. She really nailed this look.
Laura says:“My lambskin leather pants are Victoria Beckham; they are a great staple piece in my wardrobe. The vest and jacket are the latest Eco-friendly collection from H&M called “conscious,” and are made from recycled materials. The jacket retails for $129.00, and the vest was $39.00!
I was trying to channel the Yves Saint Laurent “le smoking” look without breaking the bank and being a little more environmentally conscious. I love the androgynous look with a little sexy and loads of style and comfort.”
Great job Laura! Now, over to you. Do you think you’d ever try the tuxedo look?
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