Object lesson: The tuxedo jacket
I rarely write about Kate Moss: her life choices bring out the mumsy pearl-clutcher in me; I loathe the way our culture can fetishize certain “wasted” glamorous women, like her and, say, Edie Sedgwick. But the woman can can certainly nail a look, and currently, I stand in awe of her mastery of the tuxedo jacket.
She has many, and wears them to varied effect, but almost invariably with all black, which of course I love.
Ms. Moss—who just turned 40—hasn’t abandoned her leather jackets and I can’t imagine she ever will. But I feel like her increasing reliance on this more polished menswear piece is evidence that she’s paying attention to matters like growing up her look just a touch. Which makes her like one of us in a way I find quite winning.
Here are a few jackets that remind me of her best ones. First up: Nothing beats a nice, sharp peak lapel in my book.
A leather lapel takes things in a rock and roll direction.
This oversize, low shawl collar version is the perfect butt-covering option for skinny jeans.