Our Fashion Director on the Smoking Suit

We all love a flirty holiday dress (or two), but to really stand out this season, I’m test-driving tuxedo suit dressing.


Back in 1966, Yves Saint Laurent caused a stir when he introduced the world to Le Smoking – a masculine spin on the little black dress in the form of a sharp wool-and-satin tuxedo made exclusively for women. Not just reserved for black-tie dressing, Le Smoking pioneered the pantsuits and power suits of today. “He put trousers into a women’s wardrobe and made our lives easier,” muses pal Paloma Picasso.

The key to pulling off the tuxedo look for the holiday season? Accessories. Take a cue from fashion icons Kate Moss and Victoria Beckham and offset the menswear-inspired suit with sexy and feminine pieces, like a sparkly minaudière clutch, sky-high stilettos, dangly earrings, and, of course, a bold red lip.

Have questions about the latest fashion happenings? Tweet our Fashion Director, Jackie Nasser, at @ruelala with #askjackie.

And to test-drive the tuxedo trend this season, check out our Borrowed from the Boys: Tuxedo-Inspired Looks Boutique, opening Saturday, November 23, at 11AM ET.

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Jackie Nasser joined Rue La La as Fashion Director in November of 2012. In close collaboration with the merchandising teams, she leads content production for lookbooks, style tips, and curated Boutiques. Jackie is the former Lead Editor for InStyle’s sister shopping site, StyleFind.com, which she launched. Prior to that, she served as Senior Fashion Editor at Lucky and at ELLEgirl, ELLE Accessories, and ELLE.com.


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