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Difference between tux and dinner jacket?

demeis

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The title pretty much says it all just wondering what the differences between a tux and a dinner jacket are.
 

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US/UK name for the same thing
 

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I understand a dinner suit to be the traditional tux (black trousers and jacket, with all of the satin/grosgrain facing), and a dinner jacket to be a black or white formal jacket, either part of dinner suit (black) or to be worn with black formal trousers (white).
 

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Ernest is correct. Technically, there is no such term as "dinner suit." English tailors will say "dinner jacket and trousers".
 

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I wanted to show Manton that I was actually aware of such rules, and am not (in most cases) arguing with him out of ignorance.
I know that. I would never dress the way you do (that should go without saying) but I think your approach is real and valid, and you are a fine (and intellectually honest) spokesman for it.
 

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Ernest is correct. Technically, there is no such term as "dinner suit." English tailors will say "dinner jacket and trousers".
Lately, I've taken to calling the ensemble a "suit of dinner clothes." Damn if I can't bring myself to say tuxedo. And "dinner jacket and trousers" sounds so cumbersome.
 

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If you lived in Tuxedo, New York (where, of course, the jacket came to be called a "Tuxedo") then saying Tuxedo would seem very natural.
 

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Some 8 years after the fact...

My understanding, from the British tradition, is that a Tuxedo generally has a single button whereas a dinner jacket has two (or even three) and the cut is slightly different. A Tux is more rounded and looser, and a dinner jacket is more geometric and 'tailored.' Hence people being a bit sniffy about Tuxedos - they are far too relaxed!

In the UK the dress trousers are implied in 'dinner jacket' but 'black tie' is a common term (to distinguish from white tie, where full evening dress is worn).

A white jacket is... erm... questionable.

Details - a cummerbund should be worn (black is conservative, burgundy a bit festive); shoes should be properly polished; white shirt, preferably formal; ideally black shirt studs and a white pocket square; black socks (although I really shouldn't have to say this); a folded collar is actually more traditional as winged collars are reserved for white tie; obviously a black bow tie, preferably self-tied, but it can match the cummerbund for a little gaiety. Outerwear should be a black overcoat and white silk scarf but no hat.

These are, of course, rules from the early 20th century, but I believe they hold true. The golden rule is "What would Cary Grant wear?"
 

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