The State of Black Tie: Your Observations - Page 110
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If someone gave it to me, I would wear it out for drinks late at night with black jeans and Chelsea boots, but I'd no sooner wear it to a black-tie event than I would wear a safari jacket on a safari.
I'm with Adam. The ticket pocket and flaps are objectionable, but everything else looks pretty good. I suppose the ticket pocket is so offensive to you that you've labeled this an "abonimation," but I'd take this over any of the notch-lapel DJs that I've seen.
Edited by WICaniac - 10/18/13 at 11:08am
At least they're not hacking pockets; or better yet, hacking ticket pockets:
Scroll down on that page for awesomeness.
Edited by Wayward - 10/18/13 at 11:29am
I'd wear it to any costume event such as a masquerade ball or a steampunk benefit gala (there's one in my neighborhood, but I have yet to attend). I'd also wear it to a BT event in my own home, as the only way I'd have enough people interested in attending would be to make it a "creative black tie" event (at which I'd expect to see kilts and velvet smoking jackets--albeit not as part of a single outfit). I see this DJ as somewhat like those offered in the RRL line--which are well-made in Italy, commensurately priced, and absolutely unwearable as proper evening wear.
Traditionalists will regard these as lamentable deviations from classic BT conventions, but I think they are less regrettable than the now-ubiquitous notch-lapel, two-button DJs. There is at least some sense of style and tradition involved, and I see them supplementing rather than replacing traditional BT attire.
Just wondering, do you remember the name of the company that placed this ad? (No, I'm not interested in the dinner jacket, I'm interested in more details about the vest.)