Tuxedo jackets are feminine and classy
Tuxedo jackets are fast becoming a staple for every wardrobe alongside the little black dress. Feminine or with a hint of androgyny, these jackets can be worn to channel either look, and can actually be worn year round rather than only in winter. They have been featured in various fashion magazines, and were first made famous on the international fashion circuit by supermodel Kate Moss, who swears by her large collection of multi-hued tuxedo jackets, which she wears at least once a week to various events and shows. Bollywood has also noted the chic appeal of the tuxedo jacket, thanks to it’s resident fashion follower, actress Sonam Kapoor. While many may associate the tuxedo strictly to the menswear department, it has made a splash in the women’s fashion scene thanks to the growing popularity of androgynous fashion. Accessories such as the right shoes and jewellery, and also the right cut of pants, will all determine the direction of a tuxedo jacket, whether feminine or otherwise.
Tuxedo jackets are available at almost all designer stores; Balmain, Jacques Vert, Mango, Stella McCartney, and Alexander McQueen, are known for their flattering cuts and detailing, and help channel the “power woman” at work look. If you are lucky enough to acquire a flattering fit, it is only a matter of selecting an appropriate pair of pants [skinny for a less casual look and boot cut for a professional look], and the right shade of black or nude heels in order to resemble a Hollywood-inspired corporate honcho. The look is best completed with a chignon and basic makeup.
Being influenced by a supermodel who is known for her tuxedo jackets is a good thing, and those who want to add pizzazz to their little black dress can easily do it like Kate Moss does; simply wear a plain black tuxedo jacket over your dress and leave it unbuttoned, and add a pair of heels in a contrasting shade or print to complete the simple, yet striking look. For a casual evening out with friends, pairing a tailored, buttoned tuxedo jacket with skinny jeans and ankle length boots is an easy and elegant option. The look can be modified for a night out by replacing the skinny jeans with striped or glitter pants, and the boots with stiletto heels.The choice as to whether to leave the jacket buttoned or unbuttoned is optional, and those in less cold climates might want to wear a neon or shimmery camisole underneath to infuse some color into the look.
Given the rich history of the tuxedo and tuxedo jackets, seeking inspiration for new looks can be an exciting prospect. From designer brands to high street fashion, every fashion sub-culture has its own take on the tuxedo jacket. There are neon versions, frilled versions and numerous other variations of this classic style which are available.
What is of primary importance while channeling the tuxedo jacket look, is the fit of the jacket itself. Simply buying a designer jacket off the rack does not ensure a snug fit, so it is of prime importance to ensure that it sits comfortably around the natural curves of the body and is easy to move in.
Investing in the look by getting a tuxedo jacket custom stitched is a good option, especially for women who have trouble finding their clothing sizes on regular shopping racks. A custom fit might even cost less, thereby rendering a cost-effective and fashionable look. Go ahead and give the tuxedo jacket a try!