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Kelly Bensimon: A versatile tuxedo jacket equals instant chic

Kelly Bensimon attends the Jason Wu For Target

Kelly Bensimon attends the Jason Wu For Target launch at Skylight SOHO. (Getty) Credit: Kelly Bensimon attends the Jason Wu For Target launch at Skylight SOHO. (Getty)

Tuxedo jackets are a girl's best friend.

At the "Smash" premiere held in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NBC hosted a VIP reception for the much-awaited TV show , which airs next Monday. I decided - since it's the Met - to step up my game and wear something white, feminine and sexy.

My kind of sexy may be a little different than yours. After I got divorced, I wanted to spread my wings and show off the body I worked so hard to maintain. These days, I realize that there's more to the allure of woman than the bandage dresses that celebs squeeze themselves into.

In fact, I was on the right track, since I saw Uma Thurman in flats and a tuxedo jacket at the same event. I also rocked a tuxedo jacket at last week's Jason Wu for Target launch.

Haute Hippie's women' s version has a masculine appeal but fits like it's made for a woman. I also own a reverse smoking jacket from Stella McCartney that I love to wear with jeans.

Even the Victoria's Secret catalogs shows its sexy Angels in nothing but tuxedo jackets.

Whether your style is Met-chic or downtown cool-girl, you'll find use for a tuxedo jacket ... man not required.

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