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Velvet Dinner Jacket Question

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by josiahj, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. josiahj

    josiahj Member

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    Hello, I am looking at purchasing a burgundy velvet dinner jacket for a Christmas party I'll be hosting this year (it's meant to be a somewhat formal affair, but still a relaxed atmosphere and fun for everybody). I came across a burgundy velvet shawl collar dinner jacket in my size from Suitsupply, but noticed that unlike most dinner jackets I'd seen the lapels were velvet like the rest of the jacket, as opposed to a satin or grosgrain facing. Is this still acceptable or must lapels on a velvet dinner jacket be faced and contrasting? I've attached a picture of the jacket in question.

    Thanks!

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  2. Andy57

    Andy57 Distinguished Member

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    It's perfectly fine to have self-faced lapels and I think it's a pretty good look, especially on burgundy velvet. There's a Lawrence Fellows illustration that shows a guy in a DB burgundy dinner jacket, so it must be okay!
     

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    Great! Thanks for the reassurance. Follow-up question, would black grosgrain-covered buttons or matching velvet-covered buttons be more appropriate in this instance? Or is it another minutiae that doesn't matter one way or another? Thanks again!
     

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    If you're going with self-faced lapels, then I'd at least attempt to get velvet-covered buttons. If not possible, I'd probably go with grosgrain covered ones. I don't think it's a matter of correctness, but what looks good to your eye.
     

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    Not sure about propriety, but I also think dark grey mother-of-pearl buttons can look good on a dark color velvet dinner jacket, particularly if it's a shawl lapel, like the one you've posted.
     

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