Dinner Jackets and Tuxedos

January 20, 2012

What is a Dinner Jacket and what is a Tuxedo? The two terms are used for the same type of Jacket, depending on which side of the Atlantic you come from, a Dinner Jacket is normally distinguished by having the lapels finished in satin and can either have a notched lapel or more traditionally would have been seen with shawl collars (without a notch). The origin of the Dinner Jacket was when the Prince of Wales wanted something less formal designed for him in 1860 by Savile row tailors Henry Poole & Co.

When visiting the Prince in 1886 Mr James Potter an American of Tuxedo Park New York had a Dinner Jacket made for him and took it back with him to his club, the Tuxedo club and the rest as they say is history…

In the past Dinner Jackets would have been single breasted with one button and no vents, having evolved from the tail coat the Dinner Jacket was designed to be less formal. It’s interesting to note that the Dinner Suit is now considered one of the most formal suits to wear. Current fashion has changed and Dinner Jackets are now seen with vents and additional buttons.




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