How to Rock a Tuxedo Jacket in a Feminine Way


I recently bought a women’s tuxedo jacket. Now, how do I wear it? I don’t want to make it more masculine. No cumberbunds in black or hot pink. I do want to feminize it. I also want to wear the tuxedo jacket in a casual type of way. Like with jeans. But what type of top? The lapels are satin. Does a blue satin round neck T-shirt go with it. I am 5’9.5″ and 160 pounds. I am an O shape. I think I’m trying to put casual with elegance. Is that possible? Thanks. Pat.

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A more masculine piece of clothing like a classic tuxedo jacket can be worn a myriad of ways.

1. Go traditional black and white – but avoid the collard shirt, instead choose a white blouse with a feminine shape and neckline.

2. Work back the satin – a softer satin fabric is more feminine than a cotton in a shirt, but still remains simply elegant.

3. Add a feminine pussy bow blouse – chiffon skims over your figure and the bow adds a feminine touch, a little reminiscent of an undone bow tie.

4. A satin cowl neck top in colour will work with the satin lapels on the jacket.

5.  A chiffon ruffle neckline will feel right with the tuxedo jacket.

6. Go sheer in colour, always so soft and feminine, but simple and without fuss.

7.  Work it casually with a t-shirt in colour with a satin trim on the neckline to tie it to the satin lapel.

8. French chic works a treat, roll up the jacket sleeves and work it with a blue or red striped t-shirt for that understated elegant chic.


This jacket can take you from a formal affair (with a pair of gorgeous black wool trousers) to casual Friday at work, with your dark denim jeans and a good quality t-shirt.

Don’t be scared to wear it with a skinny jean and knee high boots as well as a pair of heels and a trouser style or bootcut jean.

O-shape Tips:

Don’t tuck in your tops, make sure they’re long enough to skim past your tummy.

Make sure the fabric doesn’t cling, look for fabrics that skim and drape and are not stiff.

A curved hemline on shirts will further feminize and flatter your figure.

Don’t forget the jewellery, add a necklace to some earrings to draw attention up to your face.


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  • Thank you so much Imogen. My tuxedo jacket looks exactly like the one you have illustrated. I’ll have to get black pants as well. Thanks for showing the various shapes that would look well with the jacket. I’m replacing my entire wardrobe because I have lost a lot of weight (80 lbs). I expect to lose about 15 lbs more. I’m a winter and I’ve been trying to add colour to my wardrobe. I’ve bought new clothing in black, grey and white but I need to add colour. I’ll be looking for red, sapphire, purple maybe some lavender. I’ve been finding out what a wonderful resource consignments shops are. We’re headed into fall now and I’ll need a winter coat and other warm items. Thanks again. Pat.

  • I love the whole tuxedo jacket trend i bought one a little while ago and it’s great for throwing over little dresses for an evening out.

  • I’m 5’10, 150lbs and an X shape(32 DDD, 30,39)I’ve been meaning to buy a tuxedo jacket to wear over more formal dresses in the winter as well as with jeans, can’t figure out if I should get one like you’ve shown or go with a cropped one that hits at the waist. I’m leaning towards a cropped one,like this from dorothy perkins -
    what do you think?

  • Hi. My son is getting married in March and I am thinking of having a tuxedo made with a hip length fitted jacket and pants with the satin stripe down the side. I am not the floaty floral dress in pastel colour type of lady. I am 59 years old, 5′ 1″ and 110 lbs. My idea is to wear a cumerbund just for the wedding day with a lacey feminine type of top in either white or pink, black patent shoes and a brimmed hat like a fedora with some feminine embellishments. My son, husband and groomsmen are wearing dark grey and the bridesmaids navy dresses. Am I mad to go with this choice? Kind regards Pat

  • I have been after a tuxedo jacket for awhile but stopped looking when I realized that black is not in my color palette. Could an item that is traditionally black work? I know the occasionally can be found in a shade of white, but that seems less useful and deeper colors are better for me. Thoughts?

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