The Cut’s Advent Calendar: 13 Days to Go!

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Photo: Photo: Corbis

In the fifties, full skirts reigned supreme — but when it came to formalwear, the always rebellious bombshell Jayne Mansfield opted for a menswear-inspired tuxedo in this 1955 photo. The perfectly fitted jacket accentuates her curves, while the sequin-trimmed bow tie and top hat add a festive yet feminine finishing touch. So when tree-trimming in an evening dress gets tiresome, there's always the figure-hugging, sequined tux as a backup option.