This Elevated Ensemble Is Wearable In Your 20s, 30s, and Beyond
Let's take a quick wander down fashion's memory lane. In the 1960s, visionary designer Yves Saint Laurent created the ultimate ensemble that would quickly become (and forever be) an unconventional yet striking statement of femininity: Le Smoking tuxedo suit. Fast-forward to 1975, when photographer Helmut Newton made history with the iconic Le Smoking photograph for French Vogue, snapping an androgynous woman with slicked-back hair wearing the tuxedo in an alleyway and holding a cigarette.
The jacket and pant tuxedo ensemble is a "forever" piece that is uncomplicated and easy. Wearing one can seem a little intimidating but it really shouldn't be something to fear. You should be seen it on par with the little black dress—a 10-minute outfit, the wearable go-to saviour to don at your most favourable events. So Who What Wear Australia turned to Brisbane-based fashion stylist, Kimberly Gardner, for some insight into how to wear (and impeccably style) the beautiful tuxedo at all ages and stages in our lives.
Keep scrolling to learn what looks best for your age and shop the looks.
In your 20s:
Embody a tux in a hot colour
"Fresh faces in their 20s should go bold and embrace colour. Team up with a pair of riotous performance-inspired Nike sneakers for day and a Fendi pink stripe sock bootie for evening. The best brands for suits are the likes of Macgraw, Dsquared2, and ASOS."
Style Du Monde
WHO: Chiara Ferragni
In your 30s:
Wear sleek and modern cuts for effortless elegance
"If you're in your 30s, stick to sleek styles with sculptural extras. Think: Balenciaga. Style your tuxedo with Balenciaga all-in-one fabric boots, Tiffany & Co hardware, and a Gucci handbag. Wear the tuxedo everywhere from parties to front-row. It's an effortless option for evening wear."
WHO: Olivia Palermo
In your 40s:
Turn up the glamour in jewel tones
"Your 40s is when to embrace decadent jewel tones. Think amethyst, sapphire, emerald, garnet and citrine. Accessorise with Marni earrings and statement Christian Dior heels. Opt for premium tuxedo designers, such as Gucci, Dion Lee, and Victoria Beckham."
Style Du Monde
WHO: Yasmin Sewell
In your 50s:
Embrace simplicity with less opulence
"For your 50s and beyond, opt to not look too 'important'. Style your tuxedo with the classics, such as Manolo Blahnik shoes, and a Chanel bag and accessories. There's no easier way to infuse Parisian chic into your look other than investing in Chanel tux, or even Saint Laurent.”
WHO: Carine Roitfeld
Opening image: Collage Vintage