Ladies, I have some news. The skirt is over.
You may have already long been aware of this; it’s not particularly new information for trend-watching mamas.
The pencil, skater, mini, midi and maxi have all long been celebrated and paid due attention, but really, we’ve been looking elsewhere for a while now; the move towards the masculine aesthetic has been ongoing for a few seasons and our heads have been duly turned.
First, there was the co-ord, then came the pajama suit and finally, the cocktail pant replaced our usual festive garb of party dresses. It’s a new dawn, a new day, etc and truth be told, we’re feeling pretty good about it, actually.
So what is replacing our girlish regalia in this brave new world? Why, the tuxedo, of course.
When it came to the SS13 catwalks, the tuxedo reigned supreme.
Power dressing was embodied with oversized jackets with enlarged shoulders that were seen across collections, with Stella McCartney and Balmain both guilty. Calvin Klein took a more tailored approach, with waists nipped or belted and conical bras showing through underneath; while at Celine the tuxedo jacket became a dress.
So what does this mean for your closets? Only good things, I assure you.
Now, I know that the prospect of running out and investing in a new wardrobe every time a key trend is hit upon and fashion once again swings its fickle head in a new direction, casting its back on those must-have looks of yester-season is unrealistic and not even slightly feasible.
But this is where the tux comes into its own; a long standing classic, nothing is quite so effortlessly chic — consider it an investment that will suit for years to come, whether you wear it as work attire or trot it out as an alternative to your LBD for an event.
And most handily of all, it’s flexible.
Unlike other fleeting trends du jour that depend on you being a coltish youth, the tuxedo is an easily adaptable option that can be styled to work with any age, shape or style.
Team a fitted blazer with palazzo pants; go for the slouchy masculine feel with a statement jacket and tapered trousers; keep the tailoring sharp with a cinched waist and a cigarette pant: ladies, the options are veritably endless.
So it is, long live the tuxedo! May it become your wardrobe staple of 2013 and years to come. It won’t let you down.
This is a guest post by Amy Lavelle, a journalist from UK fashion comparison site Style in View. She’s contributed to a number of publications including Spindle magazine - follow her on Twitter for more fashion insights.
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