By Polly Guerin, Fashion Historian
STYLISH TUXEDO LOOKS
A fashionable, nipped in the waist tuxedo jacket with satin lapels, is like a short black blazer. Worn with a red glitter bustier underneath and skin curving velvet tights it cuts a dashing figure at a cocktail party. When the occasion is even more casual, wear the jacket over denim pants. The bolero style, like a waiter’s short tux jacket has youthful flair when worn with Capri pants. This short tux also pairs well, as does the classic tux jacket, with a white satin blouse and a long; side slit velvet or satin skirt for theatre or opera events. Either jacket worn with black, chiffon palazzo pants is hostess staple.
A PRINCE OF A TUX
In early 1800s most gentlemen at that time dressed in a traditional white tie and tails, and it wasn’t until the late 1800’s that the “black dinner jacket” became fashionable. In the summer of 1886 James Brown Potter, went to England on vacation with his wife Cora and met the Prince of Wales at a court ball in London. The Prince invited them both to visit him at Sandringham, his sprawling 11,000-acre estate in Norfolk. James Brown Potter had no idea how to dress for dinner. So asked the Prince of Wales for his advice who put him in touch with his own Saville Row in London, Henry Poole & Co. where he was fitted with a short black blazer, which was quite an innovation from the formal “tails” of the time.
The new style eventually became known in society circles as “the Tuxedo,” obviously named after the Lorillard’s birthplace Tuxedo Park.♥
Polly Guerin honed her skills as a fashion writer at Women’s Wear Daily where her accessories columns dominated the Friday pages. She is a former professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Currently her historical “THE TALE OF TWO SISTERS,” will be featured in Vintage magazine’s fall/winter issue. Visit her at http://www.pollytalk.com/.