I am attending Oxford in the fall, and will be in need of a dinner jacket. I can't find one that I really like and was looking for your suggestions. I am staying in a small town in the United States for the summer and don't have access to try things on, and will have to buy online. I know my measurements and all, I have purchased suits, had suits made, etc... The problem I am having finding an OTR dinner jacket, there are very few that meet basic qualifications (single breasted, un-vented, slit pockets, pointed lapel or shawl collar, single button, midnight blue/black).
I will need to wear the dinner jacket bi-weekly for some formal dinner parties... so I am nervous getting a fused jacket. I have a very good tailor, that makes beautiful bespoke dinner jackets, that will tailor/alter what I buy... I just couldn't afford his $3,000 bespoke start-price. My budget is under $1,500.
This is the one I like the cut of best, http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-black-sky-gala-trim-fit-wool-tuxedo-free-next-day-shipping/3261693?origin=category&contextualcategoryid=0&fashionColor=&resultback=417 Hugo Boss shawl collar. Unfortunately, HB tends to be poorly constructed, fused, etc.
I also think this one sounds nice... but I am not a fan of the very wide pointed lapels. I would prefer them to be a bit trimmer. http://www.ehaberdasher.com/servlet/the-15494/Benjamin-Sartorial-Tuxedo-cln--38S/Detail Does anyone have experience with Benjamin Sartorial suits, I am nervous of such an inexpensive canvassed dinner jacket.
Any help would be appreciated!
p.s. If you have a strong opinion on a pointed lapel or a shawl collar, and a reason, please post it. I can't decide which to get... many of the shawl collars are poorly cut, but when well cut I think look better. I am very fit, and have worked as a model... I presume I would look fine in either one, but would be happy to hear your opinion!