The Tuxedo

Traditionally, the tux has been a fashion piece often worn by men.  However, the tuxedo has become more and more popular among women.  I love the tuxedo and years ago, I decided to add one to my wardrobe.  I purchased this tux in 2007 to speak to a national organization about community empowerment.  I chose a tux instead of an evening gown because I just didn’t want to look like everyone else.  I was successful in bringing my own style to the stage, but I’m not alone.  Nearly every designer has created a tuxedo for his or her line of clothing.  This tuxedo was purchased at Ann Taylor Loft for a fraction of the designer cost.  I actually purchased it on sale, which made the deal even sweeter.


If you’re looking for something different to add to your wardrobe, try a tux for that next formal event.  No need to wear a tuxedo shirt.  A nice, crisp, white button down shirt or a white silk shirt will do the job.  You can wear a french cuff shirt or a barrel cuff.  I personally love french cuff shirts.  Instead of the traditional  black cuff link that is worn with tuxedo shirts, I chose a silver cuff link to accent the silver and crystal stones in the ring I am wearing.








Shayla Jay

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  1. Carmen Robertson

    I have that same suite. I’ll have to pull it out!

    • shaylajay

      Pull it out and work it honey!

  2. Prentice

    Hello Homegirl!!

    Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much my wife and I enjoy your site! It is appointment viewing in the James household. Keep up the great work and say hi to Mathis for us.

    Prentice and Karla – unabashed, unashamed, undeterred Shaylajay fans!

    • shaylajay

      Thank you guys so much for the awesome words of encouragement!

  3. DJ


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  4. Brandy

    Hello Shayla

    When I received an email about a interview in NY, you were the first person, I thought of. I thought of you, because I wanted to wear something chic and different, that I would stand out from the other applicants.
    You have some interesting ideas about adding accessories to an outfit. The tuxedo is an interesting piece that I am considering wearing. However, I was thinking of a dress suite. Hummmmm……..

    • shaylajay

      It depends on the interview. What position is the interview for? If it is a business, I would definitely wear a nice suit (skirt or pantsuit with heels). Check out the suit on my post, “My First.”

  5. Candice

    I love the tux! I’ve never thought about wearing one…until now. Also, I liked how you used the word “classy.” That’s a word I don’t hear too often and I miss it so. I think every woman should strive to be classy.