What's the deal with dinner/tuxedo jackets that don't have matching trousers?

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  1. NickCarraway

    NickCarraway Senior member

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    I found a beautiful midnight blue tuxedo/dinner jacket - on sale - at the Hickey Freeman website. Unfortunately no matching trouser is offered, and upon inquiry I was told the fabric (Loro Piana Tasmanian 150s 85/15 wool/silk) is no longer available.

    So why do companies - especially trad ones like HF - offer jackets without matching trousers? I assume one is expected to pair this jacket with black formal trousers from another tuxedo or tailcoat - opinions on to the propriety of doing so?

    http://www.hickeyfreeman.com/navy-jacquard-dinner-jacket/51598101b038/product

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  2. jedwards

    jedwards Senior member

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    That would look great with some white pants.

    Others' opinion may differ, I think it may also work with normal black tux pants.
    There's enough lightness in the blue to look like you made a deliberate style choice.
     
  3. elite123

    elite123 Senior member

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    Bumping this question for hopefully more responses as I'm wondering the same. Could black tuxedo pants work with such a jacket if the dinner jacket facing is also black?
     
  4. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    This is a suit not a casual jacket - to match this to some odd trousers would look appalling and make you a fool.
     
  5. elite123

    elite123 Senior member

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    Thanks GBR, but now going back to the OPs original q, why are frequently more companies (I've seen it with RLPL too) selling the midnight jacket as a separate?
     
  6. Andy57

    Andy57 Senior member

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    GBR's response is completely wrong. The item is a dinner jacket. Dinner jackets are worn with black formal trousers. There is no such thing as a dinner "suit". Whether the dinner jacket is ivory, midnight blue, black watch tartan, or some other odd thing, it is worn with and should only be worn with black trousers. If you were to match a midnight blue dinner jacket with midnight blue trousers I should think that you were seventeen and headed to the junior prom.
     

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