WHY WE LOVE IT
Nothing against dresses, but there's something so elegant and sensual about a woman in men's evening wear. When a gown appears too formal and a cocktail dress a bit frivolous, black-tie styling will suit the occasion. With jackets ranging from cropped to hourglass to sleeveless, there's a tuxedo-inspired style that will fit anyone's specifications.
HOW TO WEAR IT
Showing some skin keeps the attitude intriguing. But if going shirtless seems risky, slip a blouse under the jacket. Punctuate it with a fluttering jewel-toned scarf in ruby or amethyst, and emphasize the simplicity of the suit with closed-toe pumps. Coif hair smooth and neat, and opt for swipe of nude lipstick—a less predictable choice than red.
Photos: (left to right) Jason Wu, Celine, Saint Laurent, Just Cavalli
Kenneth Cole New York Vest
Techno canvas, $138; kennethcole.com for stores.
Ivanka Trump Heels
Leather and silk satin, $135; bloomingdales.com for stores.
Polyester-spandex, $118 BUY IT
Hugo Boss Blazer & Trousers
Wool-elastane, blazer ($595) and trousers ($295); hugoboss.com for stores.
Crystal-embellished satin, $1,990; 239-263-4333.
Helmut Lang Shorts
Cotton-linen, $345; helmutlang.com for stores.
French Sole Flats
Leather and grosgrain, $198 BUY IT