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.

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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.

New Modern Tuxedo


Karen Millen

Gold Pumps


Saint Laurent

Rouge Pur Couture in Saadi


Yves Saint Laurent

Palazzo Pants



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.

Short Tassel Earrings


Oscar de la Renta

Structured Leather Clutch Bag



Cerise Tailored Trousers



Cerise Pink Tuxedo Jacket



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.

Sandal With Studs


Saint Laurent

Silk Cami



White Wide Leg Pants



Tuxedo Jacket




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

Waterproof Eye Pencil in Ultramarine


Yves Saint Laurent

Lace-Up Sandal in Navy


Victoria's Secret

Scarlet Sweatpant


Public School for J. Crew

Jeffries Tuxedo Jacket


Public School for J. Crew