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Samuelsohn Dinner Jackets

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I'm looking for a formal jacket I can wear to a small New Year's eve party - there will be alot of variation in what men will wear to the party i.e. its not a total black tie event so there's no "uniform."  I'd also like something a little different that I might wear to the symphony and opera which here in Atlanta means I can wear virtually anything I want.  Both are - to me - very handsome jackets and each entirely different from the other.  Opinions on the jackets, appropriateness of black bows, suggestions for shirts (formal - bibb style, or just a nice high end spread collar woven white dress shirt?).  I'm not particularly bound to a traditional look but it seems to me both jackets would look better with black bows. 

 

 

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Those Look like evening sports coats rather than anything formal. They remind me of waiters and members of low end dance bands from the 1950s and 1960s. Not a look to be recommended.

The function either merits evening dress or it does not, certainly not some form of cheap cross over.
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Any other opinions?  I ended up wearing my regular tux to the party but these are now on sale and I like them both before so I like them even more now.  I've always liked Samuelsohn - I have four of their cashmere jackets.  Of the dinner jackets above, the black watch notch lapel jacket was feature on the cover of their website lookbook's "inauguration" page.  I do like the piece - the black watch pattern is very very dark which I like but I think the overall effect - perhaps partially due to the lack of peak lapels - is more like a sportcoat.  Strange.  I want to like it but....   To add insult to injury the notch lapels are made more subdued by grosgrain - not satin, which I suppose is fine, but the rear part of the lapels are construction with the same fabric as the body of the jacket.  Its not bad really, its just all a bit too subtle.  Strange it would end up as a featured product on the cover of their lookbook.   As for the other one, its also very very dark and I would prefer that it not have the tonal stripes but over all I do really like it and for a change of pace I may bite on that one.  Its only $500 and change, its for the money, the quality and attention to detail in the jacket is really grand.

 

Again, - any other opinions?  Still trying to make up my mind between the two.  

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