In fashion, there are many clothing items and stylish looks that blur the lines between gender; the same garment able to be worn and pulled off well by both men and women. Androgynous (exhibiting both male and female traits) trends and styles can be carried out to fashion supreme, and the tuxedo suit and other business suits fall into this category of the male/female fashion phenomenon!

A suit is a set of garments made from the same cloth, consisting of a jacket and trousers. There are variations in design, cut and material, such as two and three-piece suits, and single and double breasted suits. Suits originated as menswear, but now pants suits and business suits are a favorite mode of dress for women as well.

A tuxedo, or dinner jacket, is a formal evening suit distinguished primarily by satin or grosgrain facing on the jacket’s lapels and buttons, and a similar stripe along the outseam of the trousers.

Tuxedos, suits and business suits: alluring and appealing when worn by men and women!


Suit Fun Fact: The word suit derives from the French suite, meaning “following”, from the Late Latin derivative form of the Latin verb sequor, which translates to “I follow”, because the component garments (jacket, trousers, waistcoat) follow each other, and have the same cloth and color and are worn together.

Follow the forward fashion trends and suit up in a masculine yet feminine suit!


For a change of pace, I feel that women rocking suits that resemble men’s clothing look put together with an air of sultry sophistication. Match the suit with a ruffled blouse and high heels, along with elegant jewelry, and the mix of male/female vibrations ramps up to va-va-voom levels! Tough and tender. Leather and lace.

Women’s Fashion: Well-suited in a business suit!

Tuxedo Fun Fact: The tuxedo, in the context of menswear, originated in the United States around 1888. The garment was named after Tuxedo Park, a Hudson Valley enclave for New York’s social elite, where the tuxedo was often seen in the suit’s early years. The term tuxedo was capitalized until the 1930s, and at first referred only to the jacket. When the jacket was given its own unique trousers and accessories in the 1900s, the term began to be associated with the entire suit.

Women rock suits well…but men look just as fine when dressed in dapper suits divine!


Man oh man, what a handsome, suit wearing man!

For women, tip your hat to the look of business suit sophistication and exquisite elegance. Sure to cause a hoot…the suit!


Business Suit Tip: When wearing a masculine pant suit, a lace blouse, a men’s dress shirt, or no top at all wears well underneath the jacket. Depending on your destination and where you intend to wear the suit, the shirt that you select to pull your look together adds a fantastic, fashionable finishing touch to the overall suit ensemble.

If your goal in wearing the suit is to give credit to the androgynous look, stick to more basic colors of gray, black and brown. If you want to add your special, signature female touch to the suit, try brighter colors of blue, pink and orange. No matter the color, you will look well-suited in a business suit.


Business Suit Fashion Tip: Fancy silk scarves that resemble floppy ascot ties highlight pant suits with sexy, fashionable flair. The scarf works well in place of a tie or wrapped loosely around the shoulders or in your hair.

Tuxedo Jacket Fun Fact: In French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, Russian and other European languages, the tuxedo jacket is sometimes referred to as a smoking jacket. In Spanish, the jacket is called an esmoquin. The name is in reference to the jacket’s early similarities to Victorian smoking jackets.

Look smoking hot in the brilliant, bold, brazen business suit!


For the fashion diva, dare to wear the men’s trouser suit. Arguing my fashion taste on this point is highly moot!

Women appear alluring, attractive and all that when dressed from head to toe in a man’s business suit. Handsome meets cute!

“You wear that suit with style and grace.”

“Yes, you certainly have great fashion taste.”

“Man, oh man, what a lovely, suit wearing woman!”

“I’ve never seen anyone wear the suit so well. Absolutely no one!”

Have fun wearing a man’s suit and feeling every ounce a woman!


Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846



About authornancymangano

Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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