Fashion Cents: Tuxedo-Inspired Fashion

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

--By Kimberly Turner

Ladies, now it is your turn to “wear the pants”. Okay, not really, but you can at least consider tuxedo pants. I know when you think of a “tux” you think of men at a formal event all looking the same in their indistinguishable tuxedos. BUT, why not consider tuxedo inspired pieces to dress up your casual apparel and give your formal look a menswear inspired twist that WILL make you stand out in the crowd?

I recently went to a fashion show in one of my wardrobe staples – the white shirt. It happened to have tuxedo detailing, from the collar down to the French cuffs with rhinestone cufflinks. As I watched the show at arms length from anyone who might spill a drink on my crisp white shirt, I was delighted to see an array of tuxedo inspired apparel. From cotton pants to long dresses, the menswear influence was an interesting juxtaposition for these very feminine runway looks.

Many of the classic pieces, including my white shirt, could have just blended in with everything else but the tuxedo detailing helped it to stand apart. So whether you are going to your 9 to 5, dressing up for a formal event or just casually hanging with friends, consider adding a little “tux” to distinguish your look? Make sense?

Kimberly Turner
Kimberly Turner, your personal style guru, is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kimberly has an MBA from the University of Michigan and an Image Consulting Certification from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Kimberly lives in the Windy city of Chicago and is the host of