- Jan 19, 2019
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I hope that it didn't disappoint your anticipation too badly.I've been awaiting this post with bated breath since you showed the pics from the earlier fitting. I'm not sure this is as outrageous in public as you might be concerned about? I mean, the lapels are pretty wild, but other than that, It's a dark blue dinner jacket. Seems quite wearable, well, assuming black tie survives COVID. Since it's a bit looser and more relaxed, might you be bold enough to wear this simply as a casual smoking jacket? Looking forward to action pics!
I exaggerated my expectations as to the public response for effect. I don't imagine that most people have much sense of what a dinner jacket is and those lapels are pretty large. I exaggerated any anxieties about public reception for effect; I've always been... uh... let's go with eccentric. I'm more concerned about sweating too much, as velvet is quite insulating, than what anybody might think. I actually think that most people at least slightly enjoy seeing somebody dressed in a way that's now atypical. (A man once asked me for a 'fist-pound' for my bowtie)
I have considered its similarity to a smoking jacket, although I always imagine those with more decoration. I could certainly imagine wearing it on a few cold Philadelphia nights for added warmth, especially if I have my pipe or a cigar lit. Otherwise, I had planned when I first ordered to wear on my next 'Philaversary', which is the preposterous occasion that I celebrate moving to Philadelphia by first going to a cigar bar, then to a steakhouse that's decorated in the style of the nineteen fifties. It's a preposterous celebration of elevating cancer risk. Maybe next year...
Thank you and I will, although if the parties that I go to are any good, maybe not.
I'll pass the compliments along to the tailor. He doesn't quite grasp how things like Styleforum work, but he's taken some satisfaction in my presenting his work here.