Monthly Archives: March 2014

Women’s Tuxedo

I happen to be married to someone who is something of a bigwig. Not a BIG bigwig, but someone who is expected to make “appearances” at benefits and galas and black tie events. My husband owns a tuxedo which makes everything very easy-breezy for him when we have to dress up for these events. Not so for ME.  I am expected to show up STUNNINGLY dressed in something expensive-looking, fashion forward and NEW. It is fashion death in this arena  to show up in a “mother of the bride” dress; a bridesmaid dress; a teen strapless, short, gaudy, flimsy square foot of sparkly cloth.  In high school I ADORED making all my slinky (or frilly – ugh) dresses for the dances because there weren’t many stores around that sold formalwear and I HATED showing up in something that some other girl was also wearing. My Dad pointed out that I didn’t buy an original and OF COURSE someone else would be wearing the same dress.  So I was DIGGING making an original for every dance. Now I’m sort of burned out on that PLUS these events are occurring at least twice a month and I have crap I want and need to do in between these events over and above working on formal dresses 24-7.

So, I want a tuxedo. Why can’t I have a tuxedo, too? The same high-end jacket and pants that my husband wears? Of course it would be sexy and sleek and very fitted. I could change out the camisole or blouse or chemise with each outfit, and maybe change out the shoes. I wouldn’t freeze (these events seem to always be held in the winter in a meat locker of a conference center), wouldn’t have to wear a coat over my outfit the entire evening, and would save a BUNDLE of money.  We aren’t that far from that idea anyway. I am seeing formalwear jumpsuits in every store this season. How much of a stretch is it from jumpsuits to a tuxedo?

C’mon, ladies, let’s DO this.