The women's tuxedos we want this party season

Anna Prendergast

26 November 2019

Crack the dress code with the smartest ways to style black tie

26 November 2019 | Anna Prendergast

The fabric

The tactile fluidity of velvet lends innate sex appeal to a traditional dinner jacket: jewel tones are a failsafe paired with contrasting silk-satin lapels and palazzo-style pants.

Merlot jacket, £495, Alice + Olivia,; Green jacket, £535 Acheval Pampa,; Navy jacket, £750,

The fusion

Channel Michael Urie’s half-and-half look at the Met Gala earlier this year with Redemption’s cutaway tail coat and sequin minidress.

Smoking jacket, £1,500,; Redemption dress, £4,790,; Vintage YSL tuxedo, £2,875, William Vintage,
Emma Willis tuxedo shirt, £415,; Paul Smith bib-front shirt, £360,

The finery

Instead of a bow tie, layer up this winter’s most versatile accessory: a chunky gold necklace (or three).

Engulf necklace, £1,200,; Grecamania necklace, £390,; Mules, £308,; Galvan satin camisole, £195,; Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, £295,; Nili Lotan sequinned camisole, £620, at

The fragrance

Black Tie is from Celine’s first scent collection in 50 years.

Black Tie by Celine, £175,