Suit yourself this party season: SHANE WATSON has the lazy girl’s guide to glam
November 17, 2019
Suit yourself this party season: Want to make a splash without getting your legs out? SHANE WATSON has the lazy girl’s guide to glamShane Watson shared her advice for achieving the lazy girl’s glamorous lookBritish style expert suggested getting a party tuxedo in many different themesShe compiled a selection of different outfits for achieving the look By Shane Watson For The Daily Mail Published: 18:24 EST, 17 November 2019 | Updated: 19:04 EST, 17 November 2019 Take a long look at these pictures and then go ahead and punch the air if you want to.The party tuxedo is back this season — and with so many variations on the theme, you may feel you need more than one.The selection here ticks many more boxes than your regular tuxedo: there are party tuxes that will appeal to fans of the classic Yves Saint Laurent Le Smoking, namely the Marks & Spencer one and the white suit from Reiss. Blazer, £250, and trousers, £150 from Reiss; shoes, £49.99, and earrings, £12.99, Zara Top, £69.99, and earrings £12.99, Zara; Trousers, £79.95, Massimo Dutti; shoes, £99, Kurt GeigerOthers will work for women who wouldn’t dream of heading off to a party in a masculine black DJ (the velvet tiger print, or the red sequins to name two). So, even if you don’t do tuxedos as a rule, now could be the time to think again.First, a quick reminder of why you can’t go wrong with a tuxedo and should be taking advantage of this bumper crop. At this time of year, we’re all looking for party wear that’s striking, glamorous, definitely Hello Boys! But also, crucially, that doesn’t require a huge leap of faith and effort.There’s the time issue, of course, and the faff factor, but the main reason is we’re more comfortable wearing something that doesn’t feel like a sudden whiplash change of gear. We want to stay close to what we know, then ramp it up to smoking hot.If I’ve misread this and you are, in fact, dying to get your legs out in an embellished sleeveless mini-dress —apologies. This is for all those who want to make an impact without showing much skin, and who know they’ll feel more themselves at this time of year in a luxe tux than in a pretty dress with all the trimmings.NB: the sequin DJ and matching dress (far right, whistles.com) are one solution for those who don’t fancy trousers, but like the idea of coordinated tailoring. Blazer, £275, trousers, £199, Primrose Park; earrings, £12.99, Zara Blazer, £325, and trousers, £195, The Fold; shoes, £99, Kurt Geiger; earrings, £12.99, Zara Blazer, £89.99, and trousers, £59.99, Zara; shoes, £99, Kurt Geiger; necklace, £55, Salome Designs; earrings, £12.99, ZaraIt’s not the one I’d go for — dresses and matching jackets, even if they’re diamond sparkly, can look frumpy on the over-35s in my view — but it’s certainly an option. On the other hand, the jacket on its own could work — with some midnight blue velvet palazzo pants.That is, as it happens, the first rule of the new party tuxedo and what will make it look Winter 2019 as opposed to being resurrected from the attic: it doesn’t have to match. You can twin similar styles or wear a fitted velvet, mutton-sleeved jacket with wide sequin trousers (see the Zara top and Massimo Dutti trousers, second from left).I love this jacket. It’s Eighties, but narrower. The muttony sleeves, which are zipped from wrist to elbow, and the deep-cut front, make it far more stylish than your average velvet jacket — which has become a bit of a tired cliche.If you already own a velvet tux (and I do), this is something a bit different. Add some knockout earrings the size of oysters and, if sequins are too much, velvet or classic DJ trousers will do the job. A small side jink away from the traditional is what keeps the party tux modern.You’ll see most of the trousers on these pages are wideish and relaxed with pockets that are meant for using. The frog green velvet (thefoldlondon.com) is a case in point — cut like a double-breasted DJ, but slouchy and pyjama-like. Massimo Dutti’s tobacco brown velvet suit (not pictured, £169, massimodutti.com) is similarly made to be worn a little on the roomy side, sleeves pushed up. Blazer, £55, and trousers, £29.50, M&S; shoes, £29.99, Zara Blazer, £169, and dress, £189, Whistles; shoes, £29.99, Zara; earrings, £225, Soru JewelleryYou could wear either with sandals or platform boots, and not much else. The secret with a party tux is to wear the bare minimum underneath and definitely nothing with a collar.No necklaces required, either. It’s still a tuxedo — masculine-inspired tailoring — and it’s best when not too frothed up and embellished.There needs to be a surprise element with the party tux, too — it could be that it’s high-gloss cherry red sequins (see Zara’s above), or oyster pink with a tiger print like Primrose Park’s, or perhaps the trousers are slinky and cropped above the ankle, sailor style.This would be your least versatile option, by the way; part of the joy of a party tux is you wear trousers long so you don’t really need to think about your shoes. And while we’re on the subject of shoes, a block heel sandal, maybe with a platform is a good bet. As to which of this line-up is the best option, that depends on the sort of parties you’ll be wearing it to.Sophisticated soirees? The frog green looks like a no-brainer. A party with a disco ball? The Brian Eno tiger print, surely. And if you can’t make your mind up, you know what to do.