There is one other piece I borrow from the boys.
The tuxedo jacket.
For all the same reasons I find the suit a most brilliant of wardrobe pieces so is the tuxedo jacket. It’s part of the same family but can stand alone; the tux is an ideal travelling companion and can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go. It is an ageless, season-less and permanently in fashion piece.
It is one of those save-the-day jackets and confidence boosters at the same time. Way back when I was a little braver and a lot more willing to show off, I would wear mine with a fabulous bra beneath and simply button up. Not much showed through but the illusion was enough to make the outfit work well enough.
These days I wear mine more like Charlotte Rampling, with a blouse or silk camisole and still find it an appealing look. I also throw the coat on over casual trousers or jeans with a tee if that’s where I am headed.
The tuxedo is a different look to the suit but both share elegance and classic form.
I admit to liking the ambiguity of a tuxedo style jacket; I have always thought women wearing men’s form is a beguiling statement. I think Yves Saint Laurent knew exactly what he was on about.
What else is brilliant about the tuxedo?
Add a bow tie, silk blouse and killer shoes for a formal black tie affair. Sometimes it is easier to wear this than invest heavily in an evening dress, let alone find one you feel comfortable in.
What not to forget?
Still Borrowing From The Boys
image, charlotte rampling for harpers bazaar april 2014