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Black dinner jacket, grey pants?

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I have a black shawl collared dinner jacket that I want to wear to a wedding that specified "Evening Dress." Tonight I met with several people going to the wedding (including some that are in it) and we discussed what we were going to wear. The answer all around was pretty much, "Suit." I don't want to be the only person in a tux that is not in the wedding party, but I really want to wear my jacket so I had a thought that I might dress it down with grey trousers instead of satin piped black ones. Could this work? Has anyone seen it done? Thoughts?
post #2 of 16
Sounds like it could look cool, but you also risk coming off as the guy trying way too hard. I say go for it though icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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I have a black shawl collared dinner jacket that I want to wear to a wedding that specified "Evening Dress." Tonight I met with several people going to the wedding (including some that are in it) and we discussed what we were going to wear. The answer all around was pretty much, "Suit." I don't want to be the only person in a tux that is not in the wedding party, but I really want to wear my jacket so I had a thought that I might dress it down with grey trousers instead of satin piped black ones. Could this work? Has anyone seen it done? Thoughts?

I would advise wearing a suit. The wedding is for the people getting married, not for the guests to exhibit their new outfit. I do not mean to be rude, but rather I am trying to say that when a person dresses for a wedding, he / she should attempt to dress the best that he / she can to pay respect to those getting married. If the wedding is black tie, wear your best black tie, not the white tie you invested in, etc.
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I would advise wearing a suit. The wedding is for the people getting married, not for the guests to exhibit their new outfit. I do not mean to be rude, but rather I am trying to say that when a person dresses for a wedding, he / she should attempt to dress the best that he / she can to pay respect to those getting married. If the wedding is black tie, wear your best black tie, not the white tie you invested in, etc.

You, my friend, are probably right.

However, I was always under the impression that "Evening Dress" meant dinner jacket.
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You, my friend, are probably right.

However, I was always under the impression that "Evening Dress" meant dinner jacket.

I am going to be honest... I have absolutely no clue what evening dress means anymore. It seems that everyone else has a very different understanding of evening dress than I do. If I were in your shoes, I would wear a navy suit, white shirt, wedding tie, white square, and black shoes. Can't go wrong with that.
post #6 of 16
Well, if the invitations say "Evening Dress," it seems to me that your tuxedo--in its entirety--should be just fine. If you are afraid you will be overdressed in the tux, then go with a dark suit. Whatever you do, don't try to wear a dinner jacket with gray slacks. Such a sartorial anomaly will only render you conspicuous by your weirdness!
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Well, if the invitations say "Evening Dress," it seems to me that your tuxedo--in its entirety--should be just fine. If you are afraid you will be overdressed in the tux, then go with a dark suit. Whatever you do, don't try to wear a dinner jacket with gray slacks. Such a sartorial anomaly will only render you conspicuous by your weirdness!

I guess that is what I am asking: how weird is it? I have seen people incorporate dinner jackets in a lot more conspicuous ways than with grey pants.
post #8 of 16
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I guess that is what I am asking: how weird is it? I have seen people incorporate dinner jackets in a lot more conspicuous ways than with grey pants.

Well, I guess it would kind of be the bastard child of the Stroller:

http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2010/11/more-versatile-than-one-might-expect.html

It would be odd... but I doubt that it would really draw too many stares. I may judge you, but I doubt your peers would smile.gif
post #9 of 16
Get grey satin(grosgrain) piped pants!

Awesome

Edit: or just see link above.
post #10 of 16
I have an odd black dinner jacket... could I wear it with a white FC shirt, solid wedding satin tie, and light grey flannel pants with black shoes? would that be out of place instead of a suit?
post #11 of 16
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I have an odd black dinner jacket... could I wear it with a white FC shirt, solid wedding satin tie, and light grey flannel pants with black shoes? would that be out of place instead of a suit?



Yes. This outfit is totally out of place.

A dinner jacket is not an odd jacket or a blazer to be worn with grey flannels.

Even the Hollywood set who sometimes wear a tux tieless (ugh!) or with a four-in-hand (also ugh, but not as bad) NEVER wear a dinner coat as a separate.

Ditch the odd dinner coat. It's either a full tux or nothing.
post #12 of 16

If your friends are wearing suits to the wedding, you might as well wear one. Remember that you are merely an attendee, it is not your wedding, keep it simple with a dark suit. The last thing you want is to upstage the couple on their wedding day.

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Yes. This outfit is totally out of place.

A dinner jacket is not an odd jacket or a blazer to be worn with grey flannels.

Even the Hollywood set who sometimes wear a tux tieless (ugh!) or with a four-in-hand (also ugh, but not as bad) NEVER wear a dinner coat as a separate.

Ditch the odd dinner coat. It's either a full tux or nothing.

Do I then need white pants for my odd white dinner jacket?

Yes, yes, I know what the "actual rules" are, but I'm just saying, you know, as a thought experiment?
post #14 of 16
yeah, +1. So the pants never fit me and I (stupidly) threw them out... what can I do with my odd black DJ?

(1B, satin shawl, from father's childhood and it fits so I don't want to throw it out!)...
post #15 of 16
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Yes. This outfit is totally out of place.

A dinner jacket is not an odd jacket or a blazer to be worn with grey flannels.

Even the Hollywood set who sometimes wear a tux tieless (ugh!) or with a four-in-hand (also ugh, but not as bad) NEVER wear a dinner coat as a separate.

Ditch the odd dinner coat. It's either a full tux or nothing.

Do I then need white pants for my odd white dinner jacket?

Yes, yes, I know what the "actual rules" are, but I'm just saying, you know, as a thought experiment?



Sure. Wear a white tux. You can get a job as a dance host on the Love Boat.
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