What Does Your Dinner Jacket Say About You?

Photo by Kent Wang

In a matter of months festive invitations will begin to drop through letterboxes. As we approach the busiest season of the year for black tie events, you’ll want to make sure your dinner jacket is in the best possible condition.

Before you send out your seasonal RSVPs, take a moment to consider what your dinner jacket says about you.

What colour is your dinner jacket?

There are three acceptable colours for a dinner jacket: classic black, midnight blue or white. The first option, classic black, is appropriate for everyone all year round. White is best worn in summer or while visiting the tropics. Midnight blue is a good choice for those who want to be a little rebellious while still looking classically stylish.

Do you have a the right kind of lapel?

The most elegant dinner jackets have a peaked or shawl lapel with a silk or satin facing. This sets them apart from a normal suit jacket and takes them from simply great tailoring to something really special. 

How classic is the tailoring?

Dinner jackets are a big investment designed to last for years to come. When you choose one, you may wish to opt for a style that’s as traditional as possible. Quirkier styles can be fun, but they tend to become dated far more quickly. Remember: classic tailoring never goes out of style.

Is your jacket well cared for?

When you’ve invested in a garment that’s made to last, it’s important to take proper care of it. When not in use your dinner jacket should be hung on a jacket hanger that’s shaped for proper support. Keep it in a breathable garment bag to protect it from moths and moisture, and make sure to have it regularly dry cleaned. 

Are you trying to make a fashion statement?

The only fashion statement you should be trying to make at a black tie event is the type that orders a martini ‘shaken not stirred’. Stick to the James Bond look and you’ll look dashing, well informed and appropriately attired.  

Are you wearing a rented jacket?

We’ll just say this: we can always tell. 

If you’re looking for more black tie men's fashion inspiration, why not read our brief history of the dinner jacket? And of course, if you’re not keen on what your dinner jacket says about you, there’s still time to do something about it.