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Correct Details of Evening Clothes

July 4, 2013


Here’s an interesting look back at the “correct details” of evening clothes circa 1940 courtesy of Esquire magazine.    While some of the advice is specific to that particular period  the vast majority of it remains pertinent to this day. (Click on the images for larger versions.)

Vienna Balls Dress Codes

February 7, 2013


While writing a recent post on Vienna’s famous balls I stumbled across a remarkable booklet called DRESSCODES that is devoted entirely to the dress etiquette for these affairs.  I say “remarkable” because in an age where vulgarity and slovenliness is increasingly fashionable, Vienna’s social leaders have the audacity to suggest that people hold themselves to […]

1907 Formal Wear II: The Tuxedo

August 7, 2012


We continue our trip back in time to Edwardian America courtesy of The Blue Book of Men’s Tailoring with a look at the relatively new form of evening wear, the tuxedo.  (So new, in fact, that the invention was capitalized in reference to the town after which it was named.) The dinner coat, or Tuxedo, […]

Spotlight: The Tartan Dinner Jacket

June 21, 2012


Tartan dinner jackets hit the spotlight in 1949 when Tailor and Cutter, the bible of London’s menswear industry, blasted Americans for starting the “deplorable” fad.  “Not even Scots would dare to follow this trend” it proclaimed.  Imagine the editors’ mortification when it was reported the following year that King George VI owned two of the […]

All the Trimmings

June 18, 2012


Most people are familiar with the use of lapel facings to add flair to a tuxedo but likely few are aware that the jacket’s collar and cuffs can be used for this purpose as well. The history of formalwear trimmings can be traced back to the first evening tailcoats produced during the English Regency.  They […]

The Lapel Buttonhole

March 29, 2012


If your dinner jacket was constructed without a lapel buttonhole and you wish your tailor to add one so that you may sport a boutonniere (which the British confusingly also call a “buttonhole”), you have a couple of options.  You can get a keyhole shaped opening like the ones used for the jacket’s waist and […]

Rewriting History: Dinner Jacket Origins

March 8, 2012

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It appears that Henry Poole & Co has rewritten history. For years the web site of these preeminent tailors proudly proclaimed that they created the original dinner jacket for Edward, Prince of Wales in 1860.  The London College of Fashion appears to have accepted this claim at face value when they partnered with the Savile […]


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