In 1930, Marlene Dietrich made her Hollywood debut in Josef von Sternberg’s romance drama film, Morocco. The German actress was prancing through a nightclub singing songs of love’s lament, dressed in a top hat and tails, which at that time, was a look usually reserved for men. Soon after, fellow screen siren Greta Garbo was spotted dashing along Hollywood Boulevard wearing trousers. It was at that time when women began to play with pieces taken from the men's department, with the bolder ones turning to tailors instead of dress makers to make their wardrobe.
Thirty-six years later, Algerian-born designer Yves Saint Laurent would send hair-bow-wearing blondes down his runway in a trim black velvet pantsuit, matching vest, and a white shirt with ruffled cuffs, topped with a large black bow tie and high-heeled black satin boots–the first smoking was born.
In honor of what would have been the designer’s 78th birthday, we come up with a week’s worth of outfits inspired by the iconic Le Smoking suit by putting a spin on each day. From tailored to fluid, read on and see how you can style this classic from business brunches to boardroom functions.
The first day of the week can be quite hectic. Flats, a pair of chinos, and a loose blazer are all you need to survive the hustle and bustle of a busy Monday.
Turn to power dressing in a classic tailored look with cigarette trousers, a fresh cotton shirt, and a pair of mules for Tuesday meeting with the board.
Show off your feminine side with flowy pieces and a cropped jacket for some mid-week fun.
Get though the day with slouchy silhouettes that give you room to move as you make it to the final stretch of the week.
Finally end the work week with a laid-back outfit that lets you kick your feet up without looking too sloppy.
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