Honoring YSL: Modern Ways To Wear Le Smoking


Today would have been Yves Saint Laurent’s 78th birthday, so to celebrate we are honoring his most iconic contribution to the world of fashion: Le Smoking. While his jumpsuits and printed blouses will always hold a place in our hearts, no item combines confidence and sex appeal quite like the tuxedo jacket. Herewith, four ways to channel his lasting legacy for your next evening out.

Yves Saint Laurent

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Classic Black

Opt for the original black with a wide leg silhouette. Finish with a flash of gold on your feet and a matte, wine lip.

Bold and Bright

Make a bold statement in monochromatic hot pink. Keep accessories black with tassel earrings, a simple clutch and your favorite black heels.

White Hot

Opt for cream separates and a thin, silk cami for a summery spin on the classic tux. Keep extras to a minimum with ankle strap sandals and a sleek, low ponytail.


This sportswear interpretation is tomboy appropriate thanks to the slouchy trousers. Just add a healthy dose of kohl eyeliner and lace-up sandals.