Dinner jacket black tie guide part 2

Dinner jacket black tie guide

Dinner jacket black tie guide part 2

Dinner jacket you can wear, number 1: Off-white dinner jacket

It is usually worn in hotter tropical climates or aboard a cruise ship. It is never pure white because you want a slight contrast to the dress shirt which is in fact, white. While this jacket is double-breasted, you can also have it single-breasted, however, it has a shawl collar. Every once in a while, you can find off-white dinner jackets with a peak lapel. Usually, those are cheaper versions that are not very refined, and you should stay clear of them.

Buttons on this dinner jacket:

Unlike most double-breasted suits which have 6 buttons, 2 of which can be buttoned, a dinner jacket usually has 4 buttons. Classically, it features no vents for a slim look, and it has jetted pockets because it is more elegant than flap pockets. It should also have a buttonhole in the shawl collar so you can add a boutonniere which looks particularly dapper. In terms of the trimmings, you want to go with mother of pearl buttons, because they have a nice sheen to them and sometimes you can find turn-ups or cuffs.

Accessories that go with this dinner jacket:

You can wear the dinner jacket with all the same accessories and things as you would wear with your regular tuxedo. For single-breasted dinner jackets, you should wear a cummerbund but never a vest or a waistcoat because they are meant for hot climates and the extra layer will just make you overheat. You should go with a pocket square, however, skip the plain white one and go for something a little more contrasting. Your pants can be midnight blue, and then you can wear opera pumps in patent leather or capless black oxfords. Of course, you want to have black silk socks that are over the calf. For an extra touch to your oxfords, you can add evening shoelaces that match your bow tie.