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Tuxedo dresses may be your go-to evening ensemble this season

Replace your little black dress with these 10 tux-inspired numbers.

Replace your little black dress with these 10 tux-inspired numbers

When you just can't decide what to wear to your events this season, take a cue from the Duchess of Sussex herself. It's safe to say that Meghan Markle is the reason tuxedo dresses will be everywhere this season. She recently wore an olive green Antonio Berardi tuxedo dress to the Invictus Games closing ceremonies, and earlier this year, rocked a striking black Judith and Charles dress to a gala performance of the musical Hamilton. The look is naturally sleek and elegant, with its sharp tailoring, suiting shape and long lines. Plus, there are plenty of options on the market right now that go beyond the basic; think luxe velvet, tweed and OTT sparkle. It's the perfect time to stop leaning so heavily on your little black dress.

White out

This sleeveless tuxedo dress is equal parts timeless and trendy with its classic shape, flattering neckline and crisp white colour. Add transparent accessories — like this adorable mini top-handle bag and strappy stilettos — to make this look feel so-right-now.

Follow Suit Blazer Dress, $105, nastygal.com

Textured tweed

For a more dressed-down version of this chic silhouette, try a tuxedo dress in tweed. Now that the temps have dropped (ugh), this fabric will keep you snug and stylish.

Tweed Tuxedo Dress, $79.90, zara.com

Golden hour

Everyone needs a little dose of sun in their winter wardrobe and we'd happily add this poppy, yellow dress to ours. This chic item can be easily styled for the office with a pair of suede sock boots, a structured bag and a duster jacket. Très chic, non?

The Fifth Label Circuit Blazer Dress, $149.82 (on sale for $89.89), nordstrom.com

Matrix maven

Alexander Wang's Matrix-inspired ensemble is not for the fashion faint of heart. We're hoping you'll go all out and pair this tuxedo dress with micro sunglasses, see-through sandals and tons of silver hardware too.

Draped Tuxedo Dress, about $1,713.67 CAD, alexanderwang.com

All about the trim

Dainty and divine are just two words that come to mind when we think of this designer dress. The delicate trim around the hem and cuffs add a dash of elegance to this perfectly tailored number, so rock it for your next holiday soirée, New Year's Eve party or bridal shower.

Rime Arodaky Jax Tuxedo Dress, $2,051.89, shopbop.com

Midnight hour

A standard little black dress is a closet essential, but if you're looking for something a touch trendier, this BB Dakota dress is perfect for you. Layer this piece with a fuzzy faux fur jacket and over-the-knee boots, if you dare.

BB Dakota She Means Business Tuxedo Dress, $129.73, shopbop.com

Shine on

When it comes to holiday dressing, can you ever have too many sequins? Short answer: no. This eye-catching tuxedo dress can be worn as a blazer for a more — shall we say — understated outfit when paired with neutral trousers and a silk blouse.

16Arlington Sequined Crepe Mini Dress, about $1,217.23 CAD, net-a-porter.com

Velvet vibes

This tuxedo dress makes a major statement thanks to the rich burgundy hue and velvet fabric. The luxe material feels oh-so-soft on skin, so you can dance the night away with ease.

Yumi Kim Suit Up Velvet Dress, about $314.89 CAD, yumikim.com

Black tie

If you're looking for a tuxedo dress with a little more va-va-voom, this cut-out number will be your new go-to. It still has the double-breasted buttons and silk lapels, but the strapless shape and asymmetrical hem make this dress feel party-ready.

About Us Chrissy Mini Dress, $86.57, revolve.com

Show stopper

This sequin and stripped tuxedo dress is just begging to be worn to your holiday party. Pair this knockout number with fishnet socks and sky-high stilettos, and you'll be turning heads.

Last Friday Night Sequin Blazer Dress, $240, nastygal.com


Victoria Christie is a freelance journalist, feminist and fashion enthusiast based in Toronto.

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