Today is Penguin Awareness Day so it seemed appropriate to have a look at how to wear the tuxedo trend and NOT look like a penguin. Even though penguins are cute…I mean we have all seen “Happy Feet“, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like one!
Fairy Penguins: Yes, that is their real name. No, they don’t grant wishes! I tried that one when the Fashion Mister took me down to Port Phillip to watch them come in one evening. Next year when my sister and niece come to visit, I know they are going to love this little day trip I have planned for them.
Now, time to get back to fashion!
Formal Attire: Award show season has started with the Golden Globes last week and there are yet a few more to follow. Mostly it will be the guys in tuxedos and the ladies in gowns. Which is a little unfortunate because I just love the many inspirations that women can take from the standard tuxedo look. We are lucky in that we have so many more options than men when it comes to this formal attire. I also really love how feminine and strong a woman looks in a fantastically tailored tuxedo inspired look.
Tuxedo My Way:
Tuxedo Trend: I admit, it’s really only a nod to the tuxedo trend thanks to the jacket. However, I really like how polished and chic this look is. Not to mention simple because my wardrobe is full of black and white. The jacket is from Glassons, purchased last year because I loved the black trim. The suede dress is actually 20 years old. I bought in the bargain basement of Macy’s in San Francisco to wear to my 10 year high school reunion! Some things are worth hanging on to and carting around the world.
Tuxedo Trend Accessories: I have also added a silver pearl bracelet and drop earrings to this look. The little silver leather clutch has been in my possession for 11 years. I bought it for the last party I attended in Denver before moving to Australia. It was so small, and a little expensive at the time, so I brought it with me and find that I use it ALL the time. The black and white pony skin shoes are from Nine West and about 5 or 6 years old. You may remember the lace collar from my DIY Louis Vuitton Inspired Collar post.
And that is how to wear the tuxedo trend and not look like a penguin!
How would you style this look? Do you think I strayed too far away from the classic tuxedo?
- Startling Nature Footage Reveals Penguins Are Kind of Jerks (en.rocketnews24.com)
- The New Black and White (theblackandwhiteidea.wordpress.com)
- 2011 Fall Milan Fashion Week: Moschino (fabsugar.com)
- Megan Fox, Adele, Jennifer Lawrence and More Dazzle on the Golden Globes 2013 Red Carpet (reellifewithjane.com)