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Non Black Tuxedo? Is this the end of the world?

whiteslashasian

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I've been mulling about the idea of getting some formal wear to use for upcoming weddings, dinners, and other formal events. I was browsing about on J.A.B because someone mentioned that they usually have very inexpensive tuxedos and I was wondering how they looked (pretty bad for the most part). However I did find one that seemed really interesting:

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I personally think it would be nifty as a second "playful" tuxedo.


What says SF about the blackwatch tux?
 

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I'm sure I could find a way to work such a jacket into my wardrobe, however I just looked and they do not have it in my size. On a related note, I wanted to add a white dinner jacket, however my tuxedo was bespoke and I would prefer not to shell out the $$$ to have them make me a dinner jacket I will rarely use. Would it be a horrible idea to buy a cheaper dinner jacket to sometimes wear with the pants?
 

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I think the black watch tuxedo is a very american idea, that's not a critisism, just an observation.
I don't think it looks terrible, but I wouldn't wear it. Also it's a notch lapel, don't know if you care about that. If you have a dj already and are looking for something a bit different velvet jackets are the way to go IMO.
If you just wanted to add a bit of colour you could get tartan Trews in blackwatch, although they look better with a prince charlie type jacket than a regular DJ.
 

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Originally Posted by AscotMcPocketsquare
I'm sure I could find a way to work such a jacket into my wardrobe, however I just looked and they do not have it in my size. On a related note, I wanted to add a white dinner jacket, however my tuxedo was bespoke and I would prefer not to shell out the $$$ to have them make me a dinner jacket I will rarely use. Would it be a horrible idea to buy a cheaper dinner jacket to sometimes wear with the pants?

I don't see why you shouldn't get a cheaper white jacket to go with your exsisting trousers, you don't have to worry about colour matching or anything if the jacket is white and the trousers black, I don't see how anyone could possibly know they were not bought to go togther.
 

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Originally Posted by youngscientist
I don't see why you shouldn't get a cheaper white jacket to go with your exsisting trousers, you don't have to worry about colour matching or anything if the jacket is white and the trousers black, I don't see how anyone could possibly know they were not bought to go togther.

I have no experience with J.A.B, how lousy is the jacket going to look?
 

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Originally Posted by AscotMcPocketsquare
I have no experience with J.A.B, how lousy is the jacket going to look?

That I couldn't say, I live in Britain so I have never bought anything from them myself. I would want to see them IRL before buying one, a bad white dinner jacket could be pretty horrible. But you should find a white DJ if you like them, they look very sauve. The weather here is too poor generally to make one worthwhile, but I do admire them, I have a velvet jacket for variety, it's nice and warm too, which is a plus.
 

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Originally Posted by youngscientist
That I couldn't say, I live in Britain so I have never bought anything from them myself. I would want to see them IRL before buying one, a bad white dinner jacket could be pretty horrible. But you should find a white DJ if you like them, they look very sauve. The weather here is too poor generally to make one worthwhile, but I do admire them, I have a velvet jacket for variety, it's nice and warm too, which is a plus.

Yea, I thought it would be a nice change of pace sometimes during the spring/summer season.
 

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Since 'bama wears one, notch lapels are OK, I guess.

Would be nicer with peaked ones.

Midnight blue is also a conservative choice for evening clothes.
 

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I'm fond of patterned dinner jackets for use in at-home parties or smaller scale settings with friends. Here's one of the ones that I have:

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I prefer shawl lapels on such dinner jackets. If a plaid, I might also avoid a regimental pattern...a Black Watch tartan is probably okay in the US.

I always reach for a black dinner jacket, though, for occasions that are more event-ish or that are attended by people that I don't know already.

- B
 

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Originally Posted by AscotMcPocketsquare
Yea, I thought it would be a nice change of pace sometimes during the spring/summer season.
I don't know to which jacket you were referring, but neither Blackwatch nor velvet are usually worn during the spring/summer. They're both very wintry. On the other hand, the ivory shawl collar looks great in summer.
 

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Originally Posted by videocrew
I don't know to which jacket you were referring, but neither Blackwatch nor velvet are usually worn during the spring/summer. They're both very wintry. On the other hand, the ivory shawl collar looks great in summer.

I was referring to a white dinner jacket for spring/summer.
 

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I don't like that one in particular because it's notch lapel, shawl would be much nicer.

I recently attended a small charity auction/"semi-formal" gala. One guy wore a dinner jacket, most wore suit and tie, a few in odd jackets (the women wore everything from fairly plain "little black dresses" to nice cocktail and tea-length dresses). I wore a Blackwatch tartan 2 button blazer (basically, exactly like that but without the silk/grosgrain faced lapels) and it was well recieved.
 

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Originally Posted by crazyquik
I don't like that one in particular because it's notch lapel, shawl would be much nicer. I recently attended a small charity auction/"semi-formal" gala. One guy wore a dinner jacket, most wore suit and tie, a few in odd jackets (the women wore everything from fairly plain "little black dresses" to nice cocktail and tea-length dresses). I wore a Blackwatch tartan 2 button blazer (basically, exactly like that but without the black collar) and it was well recieved.
Why would anyone come in black tie to a "semi-formal"
 

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Originally Posted by AscotMcPocketsquare
Why would anyone come in black tie to a "semi-formal"

I guess he saw gala and on the invite and thought gala = black tie.

In before the "black tie is semi-formal" crowd.
 

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