Tuxedo Talk

It should come as no surprise that we have always appreciated a borrowed-from-the-boys approach to dressing—slouchy boy jeans, perfectly oversized men’s button-down shirts and, of course, the impeccably tailored, impossibly elegant look that is tuxedo dressing.

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Our new Silk Tux Shirt, with its razor-thin pleats and drapey silhouette, will pair perfectly with all manner of fancified nighttime-wear. We like it best with cool camo-print skinnies or those go-to, beat-up denim cutoffs. (Also, it looks even better with a few buttons left undone.)

The tuxedo, the ultimate symbol of polish, has itself quite the storied history. Here, three tuxedo-related facts you may not have known.

The tuxedo got its name from a New York town.

Specifically, Tuxedo Park. Though various theories about the oh-so-dapper dining suit’s origin have circulated, the most accepted one goes something like this: In 1886, Tuxedo Park local James Brown Potter was set to meet the Prince of Wales, so he asked Savile Row tailors Henry Poole & Co. for advice on what the most fitting attire would be and was told the prince had taken to wearing a shorter dinner jacket. So that’s what Potter wore and, when he brought the style back across the pond, it was quickly adopted by high society and dubbed “the tuxedo.”

It took almost a century for a women’s version to come about.

And credit for that goes to the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. In 1966, at the height of the women’s movement, the iconic couturier designed Le Smoking, a slimmer-cut, sharp-lined tuxedo for his women’s collection. At that time, it was the ultimate in-your-face styling choice for the liberated woman. Famously captured by Helmut Newton in that classic 1975 photo for French Vogue, and favored over the years by the likes of Bianca Jagger, Catherine Deneuve and Madonna, it is a landmark in fashion history.

There is nothing more Bond-esque than the tuxedo.

So synonymous with the character of James Bond is the tuxedo that when actor Pierce Brosnan agreed to play the role, he had to sign a contract saying he would not appear in any other films during or between Bond gigs wearing one.