An LBD (Little Black Dress) has been a mainstay in many a closet and graced many New Years Eve parties, but how about turning that failsafe option a little on its head by going for a mannish Tuxedo pants suit instead? The beauty of a pants suit is that it can be worn separately too and a tux with jeans is a perfect dressed up, dressed down look. A Tuxedo suit is completely timeless and youthful, whether it’s worn with heels or flats, a crisp white shirt, or a simple tank with white sneakers. Go for quality with a Tuxedo jacket and it will be a favourite, wear with everything piece that you’ll wish you’d bought sooner. Together with the pants, as a suit, this will take you from day to night effortlessly and stylishly, from a low key lunch to a fancy party.
I have chosen 5 different shoes, bags and skinny scarves to give this Theory Tuxedo suit various options, from keeping it looking sharp, to softening the edges a little.
A double breasted Tuxedo jacket looks great when worn open and gives it more of a flowing aesthetic, the pants are a great cut, slim, but not too skinny and hitting just above the ankle which is perfect for showcasing strappy heels and giving a lean appearance. Wear with this simple tank from Gap and you have a clean, minimal, cool and edgy look to play up with accessories.
Tuxedo Jacket by Theory – $409.50 from www.shopbop.com
Tuxedo Pants by Theory – $194.98 from www.nordstrom.com
Modern Tank by Gap – $16.95 (various offers are available) from www.gap.com
Give a rock’n’roll edge to these beautiful, embellished heels from Jimmy Choo ($463.00 on sale) with this chiffon, embroidered and chain edged skinny scarf by Chan LUU ($52.50). Keep the silver tones with a quilted pouch from YSL ($695.00).
Pumps – www.us.jimmychoo.com
Scarf – www.saksfifthavenue.com
Pouch – www.saksfifthavenue.com
There is nothing like a leopard and black for a style standout. These slingback kitten heels by Sam Edelman ($91.00 on sale) will have you dancing all night long. For an unusual take on a mannish bow tie, knot this black, short scarf by Halogen ($15.00) around your neck, the only jewels you will need to complete this look are the gorgeous embellishments on this hair calf clutch by Kate Spade ($698.00).
Slingback Heels – www.saksfifthavenue.com
Clutch – www.katespade.com
Scarf – www.nordstrom.com
Bring the glitz with these bronze and black embellished, block heels by Rachel Comey ($498.00) and add depth and inetrest with this Ted Baker London ($69.00) sequin skinny scarf. Keeping with the glitzy theme, but in a subtler way, is this mini, drawstring pouch bag by Clare V ($295.00).
Embellished Heels – www.anthropologie.com
Bag – www.net-a-porter.com
Sequin Scarf – www.nordstrom.com
Forget about red, orange is much more fabulous with black and these 2 strap, simple satin heels from And Other Stories ($95.00), giving a delicious pop of unexpected colour and keeping this look slightly off kilter is this black suede belt bag from Free People ($48.00). Finish with this Kate Spade diamond print silk scarf ($48.00) .
Satin Sandals – www.stories.com
Waist Bag – www.freepeople.com
Silk Scarf – www.nordstrom.com
Simple blush pink pumps by Jeffrey Campbell ($178.00) are given a stylish twist with black wrap ties. Wear them with this Gucci “Blind for Love” silk neck bow with a pretty wallpaper floral print ($195.00) and finish the look with this sugary suede clutch from And Other Stories ($145.00) to give the Tuxedo suit a feminine edge.
Pumps – www.freepeople.com
Clutch – www.stories.com
Neck Tie – www.gucci.com
Which will your favourite option be?