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Will 2017 be the year of the tuxedo

The awards season is synonymous with red carpet glamour, with designers falling over themselves to green prom dress Hollywood's leading ladies.

But it seems change is afoot, with increasing numbers of female stars shunning fussy couture gowns for a decidedly more masculine look - and stylists are hailing it as a 'fresh' alternative to traditional dresses.

Leading the way is Evan Rachel Wood, just one of three actresses who opted for a tuxedo at last weekend's Golden Globes.

The Westworld star, 29, turned to luxury label Altuzarra after deciding to wear a 'pantsuit' for the star-studded ceremony.

'This is my third nomination and I’ve been to the Globes six times, and I’ve worn a dress every time,' she told interviewer Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet.

'I love dresses, I’m not trying to protest dresses, but I wanted to make sure that young girls and women knew they aren’t a requirement.

'And that you don’t have to wear one if you don’t want to, and to just be yourself because you're worth is more than that.'

Explaining that her bespoke suit was inspired by Marlene Dietrich's iconic top hat and tails look, she also showcased her suit as a tribute to David Bowie, who died one year ago this week.

Rachel joined actresses Kathryn Hahn and Octavia Spencer in showcasing androgynous styles, but they are far from the only stars to turn to tuxes to make an impact.

Last year, Twitter was set alight after Lena Dunham wore a tuxedo to the Met Gala alongside Jenna Lyons and Jennifer Konner.

Stars including Victoria Beckham, Daokta Johnson and Jessica Alba have also jumped on board the trend in recent years - while Kourtney Kardashian has suited up not once but twice, after dressing as Jay Gatsby for her mother Kris Jenner's 60th birthday bash.

Evan Rachel Wood paired hers with a white shirt and waistcoat, with style bible Vogue praising its 'clean lines and sophisticated panache'.

While other stars have given theirs a ***y edge, wearing nothing but a bralet or vest underneath.

And celebrity stylist Lucas Armitage (@lucasmarmitage), who dresses Katie Piper and Made in Chelsea's Tiffany Watson, says it thanks to a few 'pioneering' stars that we're seeing more of them on the red carpet.

'Shunning the traditional gown feels modern, fresh and a very bold fashion step,' he tells FEMAIL.

'I have styled many of my clients in suits and the key is to get the fit right. Don't be scared to take it to your local tailor to get alterations; a high street suit can look designer if it fits like a glove.'

While designers like Stella McCartney are masters of the female tux, Lucas points to brands like Ted Baker and Reiss for more affordable high street alternatives.

Fashion expert Simon Glazin agrees. 'More and more designers are now showing trousers as part of there seasonal lineups,' he says.

'Traditionally, red carpet events are dominated by floaty gowns and second-skin dresses, but you do get the odd celebrity to break convention and go for tailoring. After all, a suit is still black tie attire!

'And you only have to look back in fashion history to see the most iconic moments are in trousers: Marlene Dietrich, that famous image of Bianca Jagger in a white trouser suit, Julie Andrews in [1982 film] Victor/Victoria in 1982.

'For me, a woman in a trouser suit is a powerful image. It's bending gender stereotypes, and the ultra masculine look, that evoke a sense of power in them.'

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