Working the Tux

Former Chanel model and fashion icon Betty Catroux says, ultimately, the sure fire way for a woman to pull off a tux is “a cool attitude”.

And she is an expert, being one of the most beloved friends of Paris fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

What a dream being dressed by such a genius.

Yves Saint Laurent in his 1966 autumn/winter collection introduced ” Le smoking” with a see-through blouse and man’s pants. Every year since “the smoking” has become part of his collection.

The look has been copied countless times, and why – because it works!

I believe it is all in the cut and the accessories.

Remember legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel once said” take one thing off before you leave the house“.

This is not a look to over accessorize. The tux is a very masculine, but with the right styling, it is as sexy as hell!!

My personal fave is a flat front, mid rise pant with a boot cut, very flattering for most body shapes, and a single breasted, one button jacket, nipped in at the waist.

Black preferably, with a small lapel in satin.

I quite like the idea of a contrasting lining for a cheeky surprise, say black with white stars, very D&G.

Teamed with a sheer blouse, pussy bow at the neck and gorgeous bra, this look is buttoned up sex kitten. Add a cute clutch purse, hair up and you are on your way to fabulousness!

Or try a delicate camisole and accessorise with statement drop earrings, add a killer heel to finish this smouldering look.

One of my favourite interpretations of this look can be seen worn by PJ Harvey, in her music clip for 2009 song “this is love”.

Polly Jean is one of the coolest chicks around, and her white hot, leather fringed, pant suit rocked my world. I couldn’t tear my eyes off the screen.

Accessorized with just a guitar and fabulous red lips, she is the epitome of rock and roll goddess.

Yves Saint Laurent and his 'smokin' Ladies

The tux is such a versatile item in anyone’s wardrobe. It easily takes you from office to party. Just swap loafers for your new Prada heels and add a fabulous cuff or cocktail ring bling for night time glamour.

I’m sure that Betty and Yves would approve!

1 Comment

  • Stephanie says:

    The tux has long been one of my adored wardrobe favourites and I am still wearing a tux outfit that I purchased at least a dozen years ago. Another delicious favourite – and I still haven’t found the ideal purchase – is the little (or not so tiny in my case) black dress. If FE knows of any secret treasure troves of black dress nirvana that we should delve into, I’ll be there in a flash!

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