My fashionistas, I could wear whatever I wanted for new year celebration, but this year, instead of wearing an expected cocktail dress or a predicted gown, I chose a tuxedo. What better way to stand out in a sea of fit and flare frocks and cutout sheaths than to throw the crowd a curve ball like this! Who can forget Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent pictures looking surprisingly edgy modelling a tuxedo — with nothing underneath — for Hugo Boss? Other celebrities aren’t immune to the trend either. So, inspired by celebs like Keira Knightly, Emma Roberts, Kate Moss and many others, I’ve rounded up my favorite look of this party season for all of us women borrowing from the boys, in this white tuxedo with an ever-so-elegant and classic black lapel, paired with a black tank top. Stepping out in tuxedo made from cobalt silks and cut in a silhouette (skinny and cropped) but perfectly tailored has been the best outfit choice to usher into the new year- 2015. And just, well, stylish.
Why tuxedo and not a suit? Well, during my holiday in Argentina back in September last year, I opted for a colored suit to make the most of one of the birthday presents – a chopper ride over Buenos Aires. The occassion was calling for an outfit stylish and powerful. The only way, I believe, to feel powerful other than being powerful is to dress up in a suit or a tuxedo. So, this time round, wearing a monochrome tuxedo sounds a better idea as I could do a red mouth to match my clutch which I had been longing to style. Before I share more details on this look, let’s just understand the diffrence between a tuxedo and a suit. The primary physical difference between a tuxedo and a suit is the presence of satin. Traditionally tuxedos have satin facing on the lapels, buttons, pocket trim, and a satin side stripe down the leg of the trousers. Suits don’t incorporate any satin and usually have either plastic buttons or buttons faced with the same fabric as the coat (aka self buttons.)
Having said that, I’m not wearing a complete tuxedo here. By that, I mean, I picked separates from two different labels to complete this look. I had this blazer in my wardrobe for quite a few years now but the trouser is a latest addition to my closet. I scoured the internet a lot to match the materials of the blazer and the trouser and I found exactly what I wanted in terms of materials and cut. To me, a cropped trouser looks sharper with a tuxedo blazer instead of a straight legs.
To make this look a little punchy, I have styled it with this party perfect red midnight clutch featuring a black pure silk rectangular box clutch with frame, hand embroidered with red zardosi thread and a diamante clasp with a long chain handle. This clutch is so iconic that it has been listed as one of the most wanted accessories on Pernia’s pop-up shop. Also, Malini Banerji, Elle India‘s fashion director curates this clutch as her favourites. By now you probably have seen me wearing all types of outfits, so I like to collect accessories that are versatile, so that I can style them with both ethnic and western looks. This red midnight clutch is one such piece; I will be also donning it with my red chiffon saree and with a LBD.
Experts will scare you with statements like ”tuxedo is not an easy look to pull off, requiring height and a slender build.” But I bet you’ll change your mind after seeing me in a tuxedo. Well…I’m tall enough (5’6”) but certainly not the skinny-types. The point is to look as if you don’t care! But pulling off a tuxedo and doing justice to it come with a package deal where you can not wear unsuitable shoes. You cannot totter in a tux, you have to stroll or saunter. I couldn’t think of a better pair of shoes to style this look (an old and almost worn-out pair) than this tri-color pointed court shoes with mid-heels. It blended in perfectly with the tuxedo.
Nor can you wear your hair long and tumbling with a tuxedo to avoid looking like a drag queen. My hair brushed back in a low bun has given this tuxedo a raffish look.
To contrast this mannish clothes, I wore a bold red lips which gave me an exaggeratedly feminine face.
Life may slap you round the face, or take you by the throat, but if you appear insouciant as you slouch at tuxedo junction, no one will know you’re hurting inside. That’s the power, beauty and elegance of this piece of clothing. The tuxedo for women is back! Would you give it a try?
Location: Near Koutubia Mosque Minaret, Marrakech, Morocco
What Was I Wearing?
H&M Tuxedo Blazer
H&M Tank Top
Zara Court Shoes
Miu Miu Cat Eye Sunglasses
Illamasqua Red Lipstick