Throughout the years, the popularity of a tuxedo and the tuxedo shirt has undulated, but, for this winter, the tux is in luck. Whether you go for the full look, or just a tiny taste of the mens look, the tuxedo shirt is enough of a masculine pop and certainly garners a bit of attention. A tuxedo blouse gives instant allure to any look – whether it’s worn with denim, or a skirt, sporty flats or tall Jackie heels. The whimsical nature of mixing and matching a classic such as this one, is part of the appeal. The other part is that the style is not only classic, but flirty, and oh, so feminine, when worn with the right pieces.
There’s a mysterious charm about a woman wearing a fitted and proportioned tuxedo shirt. Marlene Dietrich knew it, and used it to her advantage. She loved a sort of sassy, ahead of the curve cross dressing, perhaps she didn’t “Vant To Be Alone!” at all. And of course, Yves Saint Laurent knew it when he popularized the phrase ‘le smoking’ to describe his take on black-tie evening wear in 1966. Part of his original evening wear design included the fitted white blouse and was introduced to women with great fanfare. The simple white shirt is a modern, masculine twist on a trend that has become suited for women quite nicely. And so, when I found a tuxedo shirt this summer, I grabbed the first one that fit. And, it’s small, and it’s on sale, and this one can only be found in the children’s department at Ralph Lauren, and the little price is nice. It’s a cute cut, a nice body hugger and has already been worked and with worn with jeans and a cashmere sweater and loafers, and again, a tad dressier, with a pleated fringe skirt and big bow heels.
Whoever coined the expression Dapper Dan, with regards to a well styled gentleman, surely hadn’t had the good fortune to get to see Danielle’s dapper dalliances in a crisp, white tuxedo shirt – that may have been a game or a name changer. Either way, the tuxedo shirt is always a win/win.
Photographs by Viva Violeta Photography