Tuxedo 2.0

French Sole Flats
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Tuxedo 2.0

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TUXEDO 2.0

Clothes We Love, Spring 2013
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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

02 of 08

Kenneth Cole New York Vest

Kenneth Cole New York Vest
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Techno canvas, $138; kennethcole.com for stores.

03 of 08

Ivanka Trump Heels

Ivanka Trump Heels
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Leather and silk satin, $135; bloomingdales.com for stores.

04 of 08

Express Jacket

Express Jacket
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Polyester-spandex, $118 BUY IT

05 of 08

Hugo Boss Blazer & Trousers

Hugo Boss Blazer and Trousers
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Wool-elastane, blazer ($595) and trousers ($295); hugoboss.com for stores.

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Lanvin Clutch

Lanvin Clutch
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Crystal-embellished satin, $1,990; 239-263-4333.

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Helmut Lang Shorts

Helmut Lang Shorts
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Cotton-linen, $345; helmutlang.com for stores.

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French Sole Flats

French Sole Flats
Time Inc. Digital Studio

Leather and grosgrain, $198 BUY IT

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