This Holiday, Turn to a Tuxedo

Q-y1Zalxg4iKCODgSnA6_hxxBqyrdkioNNdyCWmbEPo,0U8_0vaMC8mc_4QT9DAhpvruqw2iiMV0SKQ266xXSEEVxQxbzz4yfA3_ZiQGAPBvcbEK218qKttr4cVbg9wJUs,qVP9AHw4syqAxkJr_8eI_pshmaOjbe3ww5zCkRXWT1QWhy not give your little black dress a rest this holiday? Turn to a tuxedo. Versatile and super-chic, tuxedo-dressing is a way to go sleek without being over-the-top dressy. And tuxedo dressing has moved way beyond the suit, with options and more creative ways than ever to incorporate tuxedo elements. In fact, a tuxedo need not be so formal – you can break it up to wear many different ways (I also wear my tuxedo blazer with jeans and a white tee). An added plus to tuxedo dressing? It moves from day to night with ease. Continue reading

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Prom: Now/Eric …

Eric: Prom 2013

Eric: Prom 2013

I couldn’t resist one more feature on prom 2013. Eric is my son; he is 16 and a junior in high school. Last night he went to his first prom. There wasn’t much fanfare to prepare for the occasion except to take a trip to the barber shop for a new haircut, rent a tuxedo and shoes and purchase new dress socks. And of course, he selected a corsage for his date. But this story is worth telling because he attended his prom in the very same location where my junior prom was held 36 years ago! That does kind of freak me out but it is special and something that he and I will share forever.

My last prom feature is about my own son and a connection with me, his mom.

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Eric and me

Eric and me

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Jean’s tuxedo

Jean’s tuxedo
Brooks Brothers circa 1991

I found a kindred spirit in my next-door neighbor, Jean, when I moved to my house 13 years ago. We became fast friends and even though Jean is now in her mid 80s we have much in common and speak often – about life in general and fashion in particular. Today the subject was Jean’s tuxedo. It is an interesting story and one to which I definitely relate. Jean bought her tuxedo (a classic Brooks Brothers with satin trim, sans cumberbun) in 1991 for a New Year’s Eve party. Classic man-style tuxedos for women were just starting to trend and Jean was always up on what was en-vogue. She intended to wear it to the party but her husband had just passed and she decided against it. She kept it anyway, tucked in her closet, and year after year would check on its condition, always imagining herself wearing it to a special event. To date, Jean has not worn her tuxedo. But she would never think of selling it or giving it away because as Jean says, “it has found its home with me.” Jean also says that there is a personal exchange with your clothing – a realization that when you find the right pieces you know “you are going to be good friends.” In addition, there is the magic and the imagination to consider, picturing yourself transported and having a great time in an outfit, and many of us cannot let that image go. I, too, have favorite pieces that speak to me of festive parties to come. They have found a home with me just as Jean’s tuxedo has with her. I hope she has the occasion to wear it soon. It still fits.

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