The Yin and Yang of Dressing

Hi Everyone!!

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/.

Author: Cassie

I'm the owner/publisher of Style Cassentials, a curvy and petite gal OBSESSED with fashion and strong believer in making clothes work for YOU! I love sharing advice on all things fashion, especially shopping and fit tips!

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