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Two Toned (colored) lapels for suits

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I'm wondering what's the history and or significance of the two toned lapel suit jacket; such as having the top half of the lapel a black satin/grosgrain, and the lower part of the lapel the same material as the suit? Does this make the suit more or less formal, particularly for a wedding lounge suit or the like?

 

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I'm wondering what's the history and or significance of the two toned lapel suit jacket; such as having the top half of the lapel a black satin/grosgrain, and the lower part of the lapel the same material as the suit? Does this make the suit more or less formal, particularly for a wedding lounge suit or the like?

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The lapels of an evening dress (white or black tie) will have grosgrain/silk/satin, lounge suits do not have this feature. That is part of a formal ensemble.

You will occasionally find a velvet colllar on a lounge suit but.usually signifies it is an informal garment or one worn in the country where day dress differs.
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