If you look at doctrine, only a tuxedo (black or navy jacket with matching pants) can be used to formal events (black tie fundraisers, etc). And I realize a velvet smoking jacket cannot replace it. However:
1. The below blue/navy jacket does not come with matching pants; however it looks like a tuxedo jacket and is an appropriate fabric. What is this intended for do you think? Can it be paired with pants (what color?) to be a suitable replacement for a tuxedo in most traditional black tie events?
2. The below Borrelli black velvet tuxedo comes with matching pants. Its black and designed like a tuxedo. This is not intended to be a smoking jacket, but its velvet so... Can this replace a tuxedo in some cases? Or is this basically just a relatively boring smoking jacket that happens to come with pants?
3. Velvet burgundy smoking jackets... just curious how many of you own something like this and realistically how often you wear it. I live in a major city and go to plenty of events (including private clubs, etc - although I never plan to host a black tie event at my apartment ha) with generally well to do people and frankly cannot think of a single instance where I would have been able to wear something like this. For how many of you is this just a brick in your closet?
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