Why Do Women Get So Much More Attention In A Tuxedo?

Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) transformed the world of fashion, in the 70s, by designing suits for women. From then on, tuxedo suits were seen sported everywhere, even in movies such as Annie Hall. Tuxedo suits became a “must-have” and still continue to remain on our “want” lists.

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(Diane Keaton as Annie from Woody Allen’s film “Annie Hall”) (photo taken from: http://emelycatherina.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/annie-hall-sets-mood-for-h-fall.html)

But what is it about a woman in a suit that makes headlines go crazy? When Angelina Jolie entered the BAFTA awards this year, dressed in a Saint Laurent suit, she was immediately voted one of the best dressed. Brad Pitt pulled off the sleek, crisp look whilst Jolie went for casual chic, yet, all articles were written about her.

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(Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at BAFTA Awards 2014) (photo taken from: justjared.com)

Since YSL created this trend, we’ve seen the formation of suits evolve over time and so it is not something we’re unfamiliar with. But it seems that a woman in a suit, receives far more attention than a woman in a dress. Why? Because fashion bends boundaries. To me, women in tuxedos portray power, independence and courage for trying out something different in order to stand out. Instead of going for the safe option of an LBD (little black dress), YSL has encouraged women to be more bold and experimental.

I believe tuxedos will always remain a classic trend for both men and women; however, everyone will always be more fascinated by the “female tuxedo” as it breaks the traditional style of women.  I think I’m going to have to invest into getting a tuxedo. Now, if only George Clooney would ask me to join him on the red carpet…

-Lola Ameri

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