9 tuxedos for women that are elegant and truly timeless

Swap your party dress for the best tuxedos for women

A collage of the best tuxedos for women
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Never underestimate the power of a well-tailored tuxedo. Whilst we may be instantly drawn to a sparkly evening dress, tuxedos for women are a cool alternative to traditional partywear.

Women’s suits have been an everyday staple for some for a while. From the 9-5 job to dressing down with trainers and a t-shirt at weekends, you can’t beat the versatility of a stylish two-piece, which is why for some they've earned a well-deserved spot in capsule wardrobes.

Regardless of whether you’re already a fan of the standard suit, you might be looking to upgrade your look for this year's party season.  And tuxedos are a sophisticated Christmas party outfit idea that won't date.

female celebrities wearing tuxedos Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dakota Johnson

Victoria Beckham at a charity event in 2010, Gwyneth Paltrow at the Gucci Love Parade fashion show in 2021 and Dakota Johnson at the InStyle awards in 2015.

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Want proof that a good tuxedo for women won't date? They've made several appearances on the red carpet over the decades. Victoria Beckham donned a sleek black tuxedo and simple courts to a charity event back in 2010. Actress Dakota Johnson also wore a black double-breasted design to the InStyle Awards in 2015. And more recently, Gwyneth Paltrow brought the tuxedo back into the spotlight when she re-wore her iconic Gucci red velvet suit to the designer's Love Parade fashion show in Los Angeles in November 2021. She originally donned the two-piece in 1996 to that year's VMA's, proving just how well the tuxedo has stood the test of time.

The best tuxedos for women as chosen by a fashion editor

Zara Dinner Jacket and Cigarette Pants

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1. Zara Dinner Jacket and Cigarette Pants

Jacket RRP: $89.90/£59.99
Trousers RRP: $49.90/£29.99
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy

Despite its swanky aesthetic, you can still bag yourself a tuxedo two-piece at an affordable price, thanks to this Zara buy. Described as a dinner jacket (dinner jacket is a term used more often in the UK for a tuxedo but both have the same qualities),  this simple jacket has a satin-effect lapel and a single button fastening which will help streamline your shape. Pair with the matching cigarette pants, a lace cami, and some sleek slingbacks for your party-ready look.

Reiss Opal Velvet Blazer and Velvet Flared Jeans

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2. Reiss Opal Velvet Blazer and Velvet Flared Jeans

Blazer RRP: $449/£268
Sizes: US 0-10/UK 4-14
Trousers RRP: $245/£150
Sizes: 24-32W
Reasons to buy
Velvet texture
Extremely versatile

With a plush velvet texture, this blazer and trouser combo takes the tux to new heights. The single-breasted blazer features satin lapels and has a slim fit. The flared trousers give a nod to the 70s and are super flattering too, helping to lengthen legs. Both these pieces would work equally as well on their own. Throw the blazer over your LBD, or team the flares with a tucked-in pussy-bow blouse. Seriously versatile, you’ll get plenty of wear out of this set.

J Crew Collection Willa Tuxedo Blazer and Pant in Italian Wool

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3. J Crew Collection Willa Tuxedo Blazer and Pant in Italian Wool

Blazer RRP: $348/£389
Sizes: 0-14/UK 4-18
Pant RRP: $198/£221
Sizes: 00-16/ UK 4-20
Reasons to buy
Statement color
Flattering wide-leg trousers

For a slightly different take on the tux comes this ivory two-piece with contrasting lapels. The blazer has a nipped-in waist and a longer length for extra coverage and a more relaxed finish. We love the androgynous look of the coordinating trousers too with a floor-sweeping wide-leg cut and a statement front pleat. Crafted from wool, it’s the perfect winter party-dressing piece, just steer clear of the red wine.

Boden Tuxedo Jumpsuit

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4. Boden Tuxedo Jumpsuit

RRP: $210/£150
Sizes: US 2-18/UK 6-22
Reasons to buy
Timeless and classic

If you really want to shake it up, consider a tuxedo jumpsuit from British clothing brand Boden instead. With all the slickness of the tuxedo suit but in a more feminine flattering jumpsuit design, it’s the perfect go-between. The wide-leg is floaty and ideal for twirling on the dance floor whilst the belted waist and halter neck nips and skims in all the right places. A modern take on a classic tuxedo for women, you’ll reach for every time an invite rolls in.

Karen Millen Tuxedo Wrap Dress

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5. Karen Millen Tuxedo Wrap Dress

RRP: $334/£195
Sizes: US 2-12/ UK 6-16
Reasons to buy
Feminine and glamorous
Flattering wrap design

If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge with a tailored two-piece, then ease yourself in with this super sophisticated tuxedo wrap dress. Sexy and sleek, it gives sharp tailoring an uber glamorous edge. The wrap design flatters the bust and the belted waist will cinch you in for a gorgeous hourglass silhouette. Stay classic in black or if you want to up the ante it comes in red too.

Gucci Single-Breasted Cotton Blend Velvet Suit

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6. Gucci Single-Breasted Cotton Blend Velvet Suit

Blazer RRP: $3,300/£2,467
Trousers RRP: $1,300/£971
Sizes: US 00-12/UK 4-16
Reasons to buy
Bold color

Trust designer Gucci to deliver this power-dressing two-piece, because they make some of the best designer tuxedos for women. Take inspiration from Gwyneth Paltrow in this retro-inspired red jacket with satin trim, peak lapels, and padded shoulders for extra interest. The vintage-90s theme continues into the trousers with a flared design and that soft velvet texture. All this suit needs is a simple white top and black sandals for a head-turning party look. 

Mint Velvet Black Tuxedo Blazer

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7. Mint Velvet Black Tuxedo Blazer and Wide Leg Trousers

Blazer RRP: $299/£179
Trousers RRP: $199/£119
Sizes: US 2-14/ UK 6-18
Reasons to buy
Simple and classic design
Satin trim on trousers

Another classic design that’s worthy of attention is this number from Mint Velvet. Ticking all the boxes, the blazer includes satin detailing and a single-breasted front. A tux generally will only have one button as this is considered more formal. The satin trim continues into the trousers for a pulled-together look. Try teaming just the jacket with the best shirt dresses, for a ladylike spin on tailoring.

Alexander McQueen Wool Blazer and Tapered Pants

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8. Alexander McQueen Wool Blazer and Tapered Pants

Blazer RRP: $2,250/£1,540
Trousers RRP: $990/£690
Sizes: US 2-14/UK 6-18
Reasons to buy
Chic navy shade
Cool boxy silhouette 

Take the androgynous look and run with it in this menswear-inspired blazer. The navy hue is a welcome switch-up from black and we love the contrasting color detail on the lapel. It has a boxy silhouette and retro padded shoulders that help flatter the frame. The trousers are tapered and sit high on the waist, finishing at the ankle—a perfect opportunity to show off a sparkly shoe. This set would look stunning teamed with silver courts and a black cami top.

Sandro Tuxedo Jacket with Satin inset

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9. Sandro Tuxedo Jacket with Satin inset

RRP: $520/£389
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
Works well on its own
Slim-fitting shape

When it comes to the tuxedo, the blazer tends to take center stage so if you only invest in one thing, make it that. This timeless tux jacket by one of our favorite French clothing brands, Sandro, has the signature satin lapel and single-button fastening, sitting snugly on the figure. Proving just how polished a tux blazer looks paired with the best jeans and trainers, it’s the go-to piece for elevating your everyday wardrobe essentials

Suits vs tuxedos—What is a tuxedo?

Wondering technically what makes a tux a tux?

A tuxedo is a more formal version of the suit with the main distinguishing feature being a satin lapel. While a classic suit doesn't tend to feature satin, a tux will have satin on the lapel and sometimes on the buttons and pockets for that extra luxe factor, thus giving it that elegant edge.

Thanks to their fancier aesthetic, tuxedos are a stylish choice for upping the ante on your partywear. Whether you’re after an alternative to a Christmas party dress or you’re wondering what to wear on Christmas day, a tuxedo looks achingly cool and does all the hard work for you, minimal styling needed.

Whilst a suit can be dressed up with heels and a silky cami, a tuxedo looks instantly glamourous thanks to the satin details.

Suits come in many more iterations than tuxedos for women, from punchy hues to timeless checks, it’s easy to find a suit to fit in with your personal style. However, a tuxedo is more often black with some occasional variations in color and fabric, such as velvet. You can now also get tuxedo dresses and jumpsuits for a more feminine and contemporary take on the trend.

What shoes to wear with a tuxedo

Tuxedos look best teamed with a pair of barely-there sandals, especially if it’s a show-stopping party look you’re going for. Tuxedo suits are predominantly black, so stick to the minimalist look and team with black sandals or courts—both are just as sleek.

A pair of sparkly flats will also work like a charm if you want to keep it more comfortable, particularly when teamed with wide-leg trousers.

Alternatively, for a more dressed-down look, you can team your tux with a pair of the best white trainers. Much like the best blazer, a tuxedo jacket can be dressed down with footwear, just make sure the trainers are sparkly clean, to keep it looking smart and fresh. 

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_