This silky, leisurely ensemble mixes business with pleasure

I am here for anything that turns around-the-house loungewear into glamorous outerwear. Solange showed us all how it’s done back in August when she wore a pink silk smoking suit by Tigra Tigra, a US-based label that partners with an Indian non-profit that employs over 500 women to make the brand’s sewn-in-LA textiles.

More recently, model Joan Smalls looked like a resplendent ‘80s vision wearing electric pink separates (admittedly not quite a smoking suit but very close) by US design studio AREA to V Magazine’s bash for Karl Lagerfeld. The smoking suit could not be a more perfect combination of business and pleasure. Wear it luxuriating on your chaise lounge in a Dynasty-esque fantasy, or consider it a reliable and stylish work uniform.

A bit of (fun!) history: Yves Saint Laurent created the tuxedo suit (aka the “smoking suit”) in 1966, with the idea of allowing women to dress like men — albeit with some tailoring to the feminine shape. It was the genesis of the modern-day power suit, and YSL’s suit was seen as empowering to women by giving them a typically masculine symbol of power. At first, critics despised it, and even Nan Kempner was turned away from Le Côte Basque for wearing the suit. Now, the tuxedo suit’s influence can be seen anytime you see a fashion photograph of androgynous models wearing slicked-back hair and three-piece suits.

It’s time to get winter-glamorous and pair our smoking suits with (faux!) fur and lots of gold jewelry. For throwback inspiration, check out this photo of an amazing yellow silk suitcomplete with a strong eyeshadow and lip, Bianca Jagger’s Halston white-suit-and-cane combo, or Cindy Crawford walking in Ralph Lauren’s Spring 1989 show.

Now, all you need are these YSL cigarettes (just kidding, smoking’s bad!), and you’re all set.


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