By Alexandra Phanor-Faury

Le Smoking Hot

Take a cue from Lanvin’s Spring 2013 collection and set your look apart this festive party season by switching up your quintessential LBD for a sharp tuxedo. This reconstructed take on cocktail dressing, made famous in 1966 by YSL with its iconic Le Smoking, is an effortless way to maximize your dress code. While a black jacket, black pant and a white shirt have long been the conventional color theme for tuxes, deviate from the classic recipe for a noteworthy spin on the classic. Instead of all black, why not opt for a white jacket paired with black pants or an all-white suit with contrasting ebony lapels?

We love the idea of reaching for a form-fitting turtleneck as an unexpected substitute for a blouse. Try playing around with different pant and jacket silhouettes, like a cropped jacket and slouchy pants or longer jacket and slim cropped trousers. Add texture to your look with sequins or velvet. Also don’t be afraid to go bright with a bold colored tux a la Gwyneth Paltrow’s memorable red velvet Tom Ford for Gucci number she wore back in 1996.

You can also reinvigorate the look by eschewing the pant and shirt combo for a one-piece tailored jumpsuit with a well-fitted jacket layered over. Anchor your tux ensemble with a fantastic pair of attention-grabbing shoes, shoulder-grazing earrings or a statement necklace, and a sleek clutch for a look that reads straight off the runway.

Right: The Limited Tuxedo Jacket, $89.60

Right: Current / Elliott Tuxedo Jacket, $124

Right: Splendid Shirt -Contrast Placket Pocket, $108

Right: Dorothy Perkins Ivory Double Collar Shirt, $59

Right: DKNY High Waist Trouser, $255

Right: Zara Sequinned Velvet Trousers, $79.90

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