Tuxedo look from Oscar de la Renta

Tuxedo look from Oscar de la Renta

The fashion world has long used the term “borrowing from the boys” to describe menswear styles being on trend for women. I must admit, I always feel a bit bad for the boys when I hear this term—it’s a well-known fact that men have so many fewer options than women do when it comes to sartorial choices, and here we ladies go, helping ourselves to their limited repertoire. But if borrow we must, the tuxedo look is certainly one worth taking for ourselves and adding to our arsenal.

Legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent introduced the “Le Smoking” tuxedo suit for women in 1966, pioneering a trend that would become an instant classic.

Iconic 1960s model Jean Shrimpton made the tuxedo famous in magazine editorials. Bianca Jagger wore the look when she wed Mick Jagger in 1971. Yves Saint Laurent muse Catherine Deneuve was often photographed sporting a Le Smoking.

It’s a look that’s never gone out of style, and always makes a comeback.

Tuxedo look from Robert Rodriguez

Tuxedo look from Robert Rodriguez

It made a comeback this year, both for Fall/Winter 2013 as well as Spring/Summer 2014. On the runways of Ralph Lauren, Helmut Lang, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar de la Renta and many more, the trend has become a mainstay. From androgynous, structured and streamlined to embellished and bold, the look is versatile. From the standard black jacket and pants paired with a white shirt, to the all-white tuxedo look, to the addition of a colored blouse (red works well with this look), there are lots of options to play with here.

Dressed up or dressed down, with pants, a skirt or even shorts, the options are almost endless. Try it for your next black-tie event when you’ve grown bored with your regular rotation of gowns and cocktail dresses. Find a look to make your own and add it to the mix; it’s sure to become an option in your closet you really like having.

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