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Suit jacket etiquette?

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I am going to a work function. It will be a buffet style dinner/cocktail/dance type of thing in the evening in a pretty swanky place. Can I keep my suit jacket on the whole night if it's not too hot, or am I supposed to take it off?
post #2 of 26
I'd keep mine on. Wear a lighter weight suit.
post #3 of 26
+1 keep it on
post #4 of 26
Is there a social situation where you're supposed to actually take your jacket off? I wasn't aware that there was.
post #5 of 26
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Originally Posted by Marcus Brody View Post
Is there a social situation where you're supposed to actually take your jacket off? I wasn't aware that there was.

Royal Navy mess diners - after port and coffee, the gathering usually devolves to a scratch game of touch rugby using the most junior officer's rolled-up jacket as the 'ball'. Other participants are permitted to remove their own jackets and play on shirt sleeves.
post #6 of 26
Keep your jacket on. If you get warm, keep it on. If every other yahoo in the place takes his off and puts it on the back of his chair ... keep it on.
post #7 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post
I am going to a work function. It will be a buffet style dinner/cocktail/dance type of thing in the evening in a pretty swanky place. Can I keep my suit jacket on the whole night if it's not too hot, or am I supposed to take it off?
While the status of the HVAC can make this difficult, you are supposed to keep it on, comfort not withstanding.
post #8 of 26
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Alright, awesome. Am I supposed to ever take a suit jacket off at any place? If I am sitting, should I take it off so as not to wrinkle it?
post #9 of 26
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Am I supposed to ever take a suit jacket off at any place? If I am sitting, should I take it off so as not to wrinkle it?

No to both. Keep the jacket on.
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by larsrindsig View Post
No to both. Keep the jacket on.

Wow, I did not know this. Thanks all.

So, to clarify, even if I am dancing and sweating like a pig I should not take the jacket off? What about whilst sitting in a car? Can I keep it off then?
post #11 of 26
I think in the car is ok to remove it, as is in the shower.
post #12 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post
Alright, awesome. Am I supposed to ever take a suit jacket off at any place? If I am sitting, should I take it off so as not to wrinkle it?
Negative. You are supposed to leave it on until you get home at the end of the evening.
post #13 of 26
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post
Wow, I did not know this. Thanks all.

So, to clarify, even if I am dancing and sweating like a pig I should not take the jacket off? What about whilst sitting in a car? Can I keep it off then?

Dude. There are no "rules." No one is going to castrate you for taking it off (not even us). If you want to take off, go ahead. Perhaps the preference is to keep it on the whole night by "people in the know." I personally like the look of having the jacket, and don't like the tie without jacket look (looks high school to me). But if I were dancing, and I got hot, I might take it off, weighing the fact that I rather have people see me sweating in my shirt rather than me sweating profusely in my $1000 jacket.

Here's a tip, if you're concerned about doing the "right thing" style wise. Look around what other dudes are doing, and do the exact opposite, and you'll be just fine.
post #14 of 26
I keep my jacket on, unless I'm dancing. The unfortunate truth is that most jackets are tailored for men having their arms down, and bunch up terribly when dancing in frame. In that case I think it's better to take the jacket off.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by teddieriley View Post
Here's a tip, if you're concerned about doing the "right thing" style wise. Look around what other dudes are doing, and do the exact opposite, and you'll be just fine.

+1
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