First, let me thank you for your helpful input, which has swayed me from a determination to purchase this jacket to genuine ambivalence. That said, I'd be interested to know what you find quite so offensive about this look or, for that matter, this one:
Granted, this jacket (a Gant) is less format than the BB, and the guy wearing it looks like he's in a boy band--but something about this look appeals to me. I live in a fairly bohemian community and think I could pull it off without violating the Beau Brummel rule (i.e. if you turn heads you're not dressed appropriately).
I suppose I have moved past solicitation of advice regarding whether I should purchase the jacket in question; I'm more keen on collecting your thoughts about the appropriateness of such a jacket outside of the traditional confines of private BT parties and clubs. After starting this thread, I found one titled "Black Tie Casual," in which the OP seems to share my agenda of appropriating some of the style of traditional BT and adapting it to the 21st century. Is it possible to tastefully push against the boundaries and (hopefully) reestablish a place for styles that deserve preservation or resurrection?
Edited by WICaniac - 3/15/13 at 1:52pm