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1 Piece, 2 Ways: The Tantalising Tuxedo Dress

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What has a manly silhouette but still retains its touch of femininity? The answer lies in the tuxedo dress. For those times when you’re caught between what’s business-formal and casual-glam, the tuxedo dress slips in perfectly. Putting a sexy spin on a boxy garment worn by men for centuries, the tuxedo is central to class and elegance. We do know pantsuits are what’s trending in the world of fashion, especially when going for an androgynous style — but what happens when you want to keep that power statement going, while showing a little skin? Spotted on celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Deepika Padukone, and Neha Dhupia is the uber chic tuxedo dress.

A garment that can be twisted, turned, and escalated to fit into whatever style you’d like, the tuxedo brings out an androgynous look, but with a slender silhouette. Something that is easy, style-friendly, and malleable, you can wear the tuxedo as a short dress in itself for a party or pair it up as sleeveless outerwear with formal trousers and a bodysuit, for a more business-friendly look.

The tuxedo dress we’ve picked for this edit is a blazer dress from Boohoo.


1. The Party Edit

Turn your tuxedo blazer dress into a party outfit by just wearing it on its own. The short dress works really well with a pair of high heels, preferably ones that are tie-up, creating an elongated illusion on your sexy legs. Let the dress speak for itself and keep it simple with accessories by just adding a pair of edgy earrings. Insert a lace bralette or bodysuit to create that sultry silhouette within. If you are going partying, you’re definitely going to need a bag — this furry, fuzzy clutch is so on point and undoubtedly brings an edge to your rather simple ensemble.


Boohoo Carmel Sleeveless Blazer Dress (Rs 660 approx)
Mango Tulle Panel Lace Bodysuit (Rs 1,990)
Kerkes Safety Earrings (Rs 429)
Missguided Chain Strap Faux Fur Clutch Bag (Rs 1,817 approx)
Lulu & Sky Cutout Detailed Lace Up Shoes (Rs 3,400)


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2. The Business Times

For the times when you mean business, this tuxedo dress won’t let you down. All you have to do is untie that belt and wear it as a longline vest. Pair the look with a pair of flared trousers, preferably of a similar light shade like rose pink or white. Tie the style in together with a sleeveless textured tank-top or bodysuit and a pair of sling-back d’orsays. Pick a snake print for footwear, so that it breaks the monotony of the block colours. End your look with a pair of hoop earrings and you’re ready to go!


Boohoo Carmel Sleeveless Blazer Dress (Rs 660 approx)
Zara Velvet Bodysuit (Rs 690)
Zara Pleated Trousers (Rs 1,490)
AJIO Pointy Toe Sling-Back Heels (Rs 1,319)
Being Human Hoop Earrings (Rs 1,299)


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