Ready to look absolutely smashing well into the early hours of 2014? Try the cutting-edge fashion trend of … 1966. In the middle of the swinging '60s, legendary French couturier Yves Saint Laurent unveiled a sexy tuxedo-style suit tailored for women. "Le Smoking" took the fashion world by storm - and the menswear-influenced look keeps coming back, decade after decade. The "sophisticated, effortless and glamorous" vibe of the tuxedo is at the heart of its longevity, according to stylist Nadia Albano.
Not only does it look slick and classic at a formal event, but the tuxedo suit - traditionally composed of a satin-lapel single-button jacket and a pant with stripes down the outside of each leg - represents a timeless buy.
"It’s a practical and smart-looking outfit that is comfortable, and can be styled together or separately to maximize your wardrobe," Albano says. While the traditional tux is basic black, there are all manner of more dramatic iterations, including jewel tones and brights, prints and brocades, and versions with of-the-moment accents like sequins and leather. Black or white satin-detailed suits are your safest bets, Albano says, but she also loves a pop of pink, red or blue.
Velvet tuxes in jewel tones are another mega-luxurious option for holiday - though, she adds, you may not get much wear out of it in the spring or summer.
“For a formal event I like the idea of wearing the pieces together as it looks more complete, like a cocktail dress or evening gown,” Albano says. “For work or weekend, I would definitely wear the pieces separately.”
Whether you wear the full suit or break things up, you’ll want to go glam for a big night like New Year’s Eve. How you do that - through killer heels, cheeky menswear-inspired styling, or tons of shimmer and shine - is up to you. Albano says the tux is commonly worn with a white pleated-front shirt. But there are plenty of other options, including brightly-coloured silk blouses, lingerie-inspired corsets and camisoles, glittering beaded and sequined tops - even T-shirts, if you’re feeling daring. Black and white tux pieces act as a blank canvas for bolder tops and accessories like statement jewelry; if you’re going for a colour or a pattern, Albano warns, keep your base layer basic.
Traditionally, gents would top off their tux with a smart bow tie. "It’s commonly a fun finishing touch -- but if that is not your style, opt for a bowtie hair accessory, a ring, shoe or clutch purse,” Albano says. And, since it’s still the holidays, glittering statement jewelry and dashes of metallic accessories will prove that, when it comes to partying, this suit means business.