|Pants: New York & Company Petites (Available here)
Blazer: New York & Company (Available here)
As I have discussed previously, I love the look of women in well-fitting suits and traditional menswear fabrics and styles.
As much as I like dresses, lace, and other “feminine” clothing, there’s something about a woman in a tuxedo or suit that I find much more provocative.
A woman’s natural curves, no matter how slight, balance out the “masculine” presence of the suit creating a look that is ultra-powerful, in my opinion. It’s a look that feels complete in that it mixes the hard and soft, “masculine” and “feminine” – the entirety of each of us as human beings.
Today I was inspired by the Helmut Newton photograph, “Le Smoking.”
|Le Smoking – Photo by Helmut Newton (1966)|
My version adds some 2012 touches – faux leather details on blazer, burgundy patent leather pumps – while keeping the androgynous feel.
|Blouse: New York & Company (Sold out online; see here)
Shoes: Target (Available here)
Belt: The Limited
See this great blog post for more discussion on the history and gender-bending impact of the women’s suit and tuxedo: http://monicadmurgia.com/tag/le-smoking/.