Manton Actually I think we are both right. You are absolutely correct about the historical wearing of the wing collar. However, Debrett's 'Etiquette and Modern Manners' has it that wing collar, nowadays, is strictly worn only with white tie. I do not think this 'rule' is widely followed - except by Liverymen, military Messes, and so on. Personally I think a good wing collar (with some depth and stiffness - not those feeble floppy things so often seen), looks very well with dinner jacket. I have worn mine (to a 'Battle of Britain' theme night in the Mess, where we had the option of 1940's evening dress), with my bespoke DB dinner jacket - and it looked splendid. It also goes rather well with my smoking jacket. I have, in my wardrobe, a 1940s SB dinner jacket with fantastic ribbed, watered silk lapels; the trousers need some alterations and the whole thing needs cleaning, but I am looking forward to wearing it with my evening waistcoat - and wing collar.
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2/6/05 at 11:14am