The Little Black Suit: Le Smoking Inspired

The Little Black Suit: Le Smoking Inspired

Flashback to 1966, when designer, Yves Saint Laurent blessed the world with what can only be seen as the most sexy, timeless, and iconic contribution to womenswear since the garter belt—Le Smoking, the tuxedo for women. At the time, critics weren't feeling it, one went as far to call it 'frumpy' and 'outdated', and places were actually banning women who wore them; and yet, here we are, 50 years later, and it's quite possibly the most coveted look in the world.

Since it's introduction, Le Smoking has been worn by women from all walks of life; it gets glammed up with diamonds, or rocked out with low cut tops, or none at all. It walks the line of androgyny with the hair slicked back, or transforms itself into a force to be reckoned with with a red pout. Makes for a fantastic alternative to a wedding gown, or any gown for that matter. Anyone can pull it off, and better yet, make it their own. For all of these reasons, and more, I thought this was a look worth visiting for myself.

I totally wish that my suit was from YSL, but instead, I was able to find quite similar pieces at my local thrift store. So for a whopping $22, I was able to recreate a classic. Let me just say, I feel incredible in this look, honestly, I could wear this every day; I want to take business meetings in this look, run for President, move mountains—and shit, if this is what $22 feels like, I cannot imagine the sheer megalomania one must feel in a full YSL look. Let's be real, if world domination isn't on your to-do list, what are you even doing with your life?



Photos by Christopher Cain

Jacket: Thrifted // Pants: Theory (thrifted) // Top: Thrifted // Shoes: Aldo // Belt: Thrifted // Scarf: Thrifted // Necklaces: Luca Jewelry