NYE Party? An Alternative LBD: The Female Tuxedo

So New Years is fast approaching and the time-old question. What do I wear?! Do I dig out an old dress? Do I buy something new?

My answer to that usually is BUY BUY BUY MUSSST SHOP and my usual go-to outfit is a sparkly party dress. However last year, I did buy something slightly different..

BOOM. That’s right kids. I wore a tux.

Gone are the days where only men wore the trousers and the bow-tie. I decided to don the full James Bond ensemble – female tuxedo trousers, shirt, blazer and bowtie. Oh yeah – and a massive quiff to keep it FIERCE LIKE BEYONCE.

Do you know how hard it was to find a full tuxedo? Nigh on impossible, the answer is I couldn’t find one – unless I wanted to ship one over from an American lesbian wedding specialist. (And even then – they weren’t very nice.)

How ridiculous is that?!  Suit shops are full of suits and tuxs for men for special occasions, but I couldn’t find a matching tux anywhere for a woman!

Whilst I’ve seen a lot more tux-trend led stuff in the shops, I had to find all the pieces separately.  Here are my handy tips in perfecting the ‘girl in menswear’ look.

  • The Tuxedo Jacket: Probably the easiest piece to find, there are lots of versions in the market at the moment. A blazer with a nice long-line trim going down the middle which meets at your stomach. This jacket is by The Style and I found it on ASOS for £35. The trim is actually faux leather so I can wear the jacket on it’s own over a dress or with leggings.
  • The Tuxedo Trouser: Basically a smart trouser with a satin trim going down the side, like some sort of ‘banker meets Kappa tracksuit’ trouser (please someone TELL me they used to own a Kappa tracksuit!) The cut of the trouser is VERY important – it’s what makes the look. You need something that’s slimline and tapered at the ankle. NO WIDE LEG CUTS!
  • The Shirt: This was the hardest piece to find. I was looking for a white shirt with a bit of a frill, or a pleated front. And it had to have a collar so that I could wear a bowtie. After weeks of searching, I found this dress shirt from Banana Republic. It was the most expensive item at £39.50.
  • The Bowtie: I borrowed this from a friend. You could also use a black skinny tie – though a tartan one would look awesome.

Obviously, team all the above with big-ass sparkly heels. You want to rock the masculine look, but keep it feminine.  For a similar reason – I lashed on lots of red lippie.

So how about it? An alternative to your LBD? It’s something different at least!

What are you wearing for NYE?


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  1. Photo-Jenn-ic
    December 29, 2013 / 10:30 am

    This looks amazing! Very Sex and the City! I wish I could pull off a look like this!Jenn | Photo-Jenn-icx

    • Zoe Dubs
      December 30, 2013 / 10:31 am

      Thanks Jenn! Anyone can pull it off, you just need to get the right cut and don't be embarrassed about it ! xx

  2. Amy Bevis-Smith
    December 29, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    you look amazing! I've always loved the whole suit & tie look, but Im partial to men's wear anyway& your make-up compliments it perfectly – Amy :)amoiuniverse.blogspot.com

    • Zoe Dubs
      December 30, 2013 / 10:32 am

      I'm a big menswear fan too! Glad you like it Amy 🙂 xx

  3. Bridie Scott
    December 31, 2013 / 9:39 pm

    This is such a brilliant idea.. You looked awesome too!!!!! So classy. Doubt I'd be able to pull it off like you. Love it xoxop.s I owned a Kappa tracksuit too….. BRIGHT ORANGE. (cringe)www.youngandfoolishhappiness.blogspot.co.uk

  4. Kenzie Kupkake
    January 1, 2014 / 12:52 am

    what a great Idea. This absolutely adorable!

  5. Charlotte
    January 3, 2014 / 12:29 am

    I LOVE this look!! this would be me down to a T

  6. Jess | Just Jesss
    January 4, 2014 / 4:21 pm

    Oh my goodness I love this, you look AMAZING!Jess xo

  7. Womens Wholesale Clothing
    February 4, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    Zoe, How you doing. You were looking amazing. Love your outfits.

  8. Anonymous
    February 7, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    great style, looks like the tuxedo and formally became part of our wardrobe, I'm saving to buy one made as a tailor, but I was shocked to know that in Japan have specialized in lady tuxedo shop.http://www.interq.or.jp/power/tgk/tuxedo/gallery.html

  9. Zoe Dubs
    February 7, 2014 / 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the lovely comments everyone! Get a tuxedo in your wardrobe! 🙂