Marc Jacobs Spring 2013: Sexy Suits That Take You From Day To Night [PHOTOS & REPORT]

By Elle Fure March 19, 2013 5:06 PM EDT
Menswear-inspired suits were given a feminine feel in Marc Jacobs' Spring 2013 Collection. (photo:Reuters)
Menswear-inspired suits were given a feminine feel in Marc Jacobs' Spring 2013 Collection. (photo:Reuters)

Thanks to Marc Jacobs, sexy suits are back in full force for Spring 2013. Showcasing a series of midriff-baring, '60s-inspired suits on his spring runway, Jacobs set the tone for a season filled with work-to-night wardrobes that take a cue from the boys.

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On Lexington Avenue last September, Marc Jacobs' models sashayed down the runway in low-slung striped skirts, conventional kitten heels and exposed midriffs. Blazers abounded and boxy bags matched the models' reinterpreted office attire. In short, we were met with a modern menswear renaissance. Blurring the lines between sexy skin-baring femininity and masculine corporate looks, the kilt-crazy designer dazzled us with a new take on gentle gender bending.

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The menswear trend, however, cannot solely be attributed to Marc Jacobs. Indeed, ever since YSL introduced “le smoking” in the '60s and revolutionized womenswear, the fashion world’s fascination with androgynous tuxedo dressing has crept into many a designer collection.

The menswear movement began with YSL's female tuxedo. (photo:Getty)
The menswear movement began with YSL's female tuxedo. (photo:Getty)

But we digress.

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With boys looks back on the radar, tapping into the menswear trend is an obvious maneuver. Less obvious, however, is how to take your outfit out of the office and transform it into an edgy evening ensemble.

The 2013 menswear trend, we’ve discovered, is all about proportions. Long, chest-flattening blazers are the preferred masculine accompaniment to cropped hip-hugging trousers or a low-waisted skirt. For daytime, suggestive suits are best offset by covered necklines and a pair of chic flats. Lending a laid-back vibe to your office outfit, retro bowling bags are the perfect accessory to downplay an inviting look.

Sexy suits are great with pointy-toe flats, as shown here in Marc Jacobs' Spring 2013 Collection. (photo:Reuters)
Sexy suits are great with pointy-toe flats, as shown here in Marc Jacobs' Spring 2013 Collection. (photo:Reuters)

When it comes time to take your buttoned-up blazers from day to night, the transformation is simple. To start, trade in pointy-toe flats for a pair of slender stilettos with a sexy ankle strap. Leave your bowler at the office, and instead carry your essentials in a mod, perhaps Plexiglass, clutch. Ditch the scarf and excess jewelry in favor of a bare neck. And, last but not least, make room for the midriff. But remember, while showing some skin is in, looking sexy in a suit comes down to moderation.

Marc Jacobs also revived the menswear trend in his spring 2013 collection for Louis Vuitton. (photo: Getty)
Marc Jacobs also revived the menswear trend in his spring 2013 collection for Louis Vuitton. (photo: Getty)

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