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Monday, December 15, 2008

Women's Tuxedo

becca has a formal awards ceremony to attend, and she's thinking of wearing a tuxedo. While women frequently dream about what they'd wear to the Oscar's and other posh events, in reality a formal event can cost you hundreds of dollars. By buying a chic pair of pants, jacket or vest, and nice top, you can break the outfit into pieces that will work for every day wear.

Think Marlene Dietrich and Yves Saint Laurent's "Le Smoking" as examples of feminine menswear. Even if the overall look is masculine, the items should still be cut for your body and your curves.

Make this masculine staple more feminine with satin, sequins or velvet. Details like a ruffled bag or collar will also play with gender standards.

For a sexier version of this look, switch the jacket for a vest and wear a glittery top underneath (if you need a shirt at all). Instead of showing some skin up top, you could opt for a little leg. Replace tux pants with winter shorts and black sheer tights.

Here are a few jackets and vest to get you started on building your own tuxedo.
Top: cropped satin trim tux jacket, Priorities, Dillard's $94.80
satin bolero, Tahari by ASL, Macy's $58
black velour fitted blazer, Urban Outfitters $148
Bottom: long white blazer, Victoria's Secret $59.99
black velvet long blazer, Urban Outfitters $58
silver sequin jacket, French Connection $158
Top: black sequin vest, Forever 21 $22.80
white cummerbund vest, Charlotte Russe $22.99
embroidered velvet bolero vest, Forever 21 $17.80
Bottom: white vest with satin trim, Tobi $55
sequin trim velvet vest, Ann Taylor Loft $49
black tuxedo vest, Express $88

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