Originally Posted by DJosef
It is in my intentions to have a morning dress made sooner or later... I'm just debating with myself over a traditional morning coat, a mid-gray morning suit, or a black lounge jacket with striped trousers.
Of course the goal is to look uniquely sharp at daytime celebratory occurrences without looking like a confused time traveler. I'm tending toward the mid-gray morning suit as per http://www.blacktieguide.com/Supplemental/Morning_Dress.htm
Also, I have trouble placing the cravat in formality. It's definitely not for black tie, it not being black, nor a tie... Does it really work with morning formal wear? What sort of collar do you need for cravats?
Your best bet to remain under the fashionista radar is to wear a stroller [black lounge with striped, check, or plaid trousers] and avoid the wearing of a cutaway as required by the other two choices of morningwear. A morning suit is a very limited utility and practically an orphan, even where it is embraced and respected. Not all morningwear has a practical application at present, except a stroller which works very well for nearly every day occasion from board meetings to making social calls.
I wear a stroller as morningwear all the time and no one is the wiser, especially if I leave the waistcoat at home or replace with a cardigan for additional warmth.
I most commonly wear a black cashmere SB jacket with black and white Glen plaid trousers to good effect in the winter when stateside for many day to early evening events including calling on friends. When the event is somewhat more formal than attending a gathering or informal reception, such as a matinee performance of some sort, I replace the plaid trousers with others which are appropriately striped and put on a waistcoat. I will do this until Easter or so, when I put on the single breasted peak lapel black worsted tropical jacket I maintain for warmer weather.
The single breasted peak lapel jackets now in fashion are a close approximation of a stroller and near dead on when black fabric of some sort, assuming they lack hacking pockets and such. But then again, maybe you do intend to wear your stroller on horseback where these features might be useful. If you go double breasted, you can leave the waistcoat at home and enjoy fairly warm weather with your stroller if it is a tropical weave.
Houndstooth trousers will also supply a proper look when the pattern and color are correct. A SB notch lapel will definitely keep you under the radar, even if it is not entirely correct. But remember, a stroller is IN-formal wear just like dinner jackets and tuxedos, so a little rule bending is more than acceptable.
Good luck finding the proper gloves to wear with your stroller as outerwear. It is very tricky business, but possible. While gray lambskin gloves will work, those made from yellow peccary are the outstanding choice.