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How To Wear A Dinner Jacket & Black Tie Guide

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random guy (12 days ago)
now I want to watch Casablanca again
hacheurdepoulet (26 days ago)
Considering getting a double breasted shawl lapel dinner jacket. The big questions are Boutonnière or not? And Contrasting satin lapel or not? Any response would be appreciated!
007 (1 month ago)
I have One question: so you say a Dinner jacket in Off white shouldn't have a Peak lapel, but james Bond wore something like this in the spectre train scene. So what about something like that?
SteelWarrior115 (1 month ago)
Military mess dress is black tie or white tie.
Richard Bridgeman (1 month ago)
So I suite off the rack would be frowned upon
Eli Freeland (1 month ago)
I NEED ADVICE! Would a dark red and black hop sack be an inappropriate fabric for a dinner jacket?
e usana (2 months ago)
Can my white dinner jacket be whitesmoke colored?
Cowboy Hank (4 months ago)
Where is your shirt from? It looks really great with the vertical woven stripe. I've looking for vintage shirts but haven't found anything similar
Xachremos (4 months ago)
Mess jackets are worn by Canadian army officers for officer dinners.
Finno (4 months ago)
There is no way you wear a dinner jacket indoors after 6 pm! It is NOT an alternative for a tuxedo! The only places to wear a dinner jacket is a cruise ship, a yacht or a garden party!!
Carlos Ferreyra (4 months ago)
Great video...thank you!
Ellis Copeland (4 months ago)
mess jackets are military uniforms--- NOT costumes
Welsh Wizard (4 months ago)
Thank you for your most helpful video. Would it be correct to wear a cummerbund with a double breasted dinner suit?
Olle Sandell (5 months ago)
I Loved the video! Did you wear the green slippers to your burgundy dinner jacket or were they for an other outfit?
Jim Downing (5 months ago)
Hi. I am wearing a velvet dinner jacket to a formal cruise night, and want to be correct with the trousers. I have bought a pair of black formal trousers with a satin strip, but I'm unsure of them as there, not the same color shade of black. Is this acceptable? Or should I go for a contarsting colour maybe grey? Kind regards James
David Ramirez (5 months ago)
What's up with this guy's hair part??
Nikola (6 months ago)
Can you make a video about smoking jackets. Seems like something i'd like to add to my wardrobe in future
Parth Patel (6 months ago)
I'm thankful I being to a generation where we can simply wear a T-shirt or button down with jeans at a dinner... What's up with this much formality...
Daniel Götz (3 months ago)
Sure, if you have dinner at McDonald's. But in this case I wonder, why you are watching videos from this channel.
Red Coat (6 months ago)
As always a very excellent review. I beg to differ only slightly regarding the dinner jacket or tuxedo with peaked lapel. I have a fine Italian Pal Zileri peak-lapelled double brested black tux which was surely not cheap and I think its fine albeit a bit more formal than the single breasted shawl style. I do agree the latter is smoother and more chique and often my first choice, depending on the occasion. I have also worn my Favourbrook black & gold velvet smoking jacket though at less formal dinners and at Christmas with my family though sometimes also at my London Club on occasion, when a little more eccentricity is allowed.
The Ubermensch9 (7 months ago)
Indiana Jones, anybody?
kim doan (7 months ago)
I still do not understand the diffrence between smoking and tuxedo. What I have heard of is that smoking is just a synonym to tuxedo.
Bob Birdsong (7 months ago)
If you’re going with a tartan dinner jacket, I would avoid black watch unless you served in that regiment because veterans can get a little touchy about it. There are literally thousands of tartans to choose from, so I would look into that to see what you actually like the most. Of course, you can wear whatever you want and the black watch thing applies mostly to kilts.
Cowboy Hank (8 months ago)
I don't understand, the British 'dinner jacket' is the term for what the Americans would call a tuxedo. So what exactly is this dress code?
Ty Gardner (9 months ago)
Mess jackets are military dress wear (usually in the UK and Canada) the colours denote rank and regiment and are still seen today, so no they're not just a silly circus​ outfit, and are most definitely acceptable in Black tie.
St. Stargell (1 year ago)
Thanks soo much I needed to fully understand.. I wanted to choose to stand out
Levent Akgerman (1 year ago)
Boutonniere is an elegant accessory to differentiate, however pocket square is not suitable for any tuxedo jacket.
Phenurio (1 year ago)
And i thought " a suit is a suit" .. i NEVER EVER COULD HAVE IMAGINED SOO MUCH VARIATION .. HOW CAN SOMEONE DISTINGUISH SO MUCH ? .. you need to have a greater eye for that .. And years of experience and knowledge.. DAMN i feel like a complete ignorant ..
DeJuan McGuire (1 year ago)
I saw a model in a clothing catalogue wearing a velvet dinner jacket with a standard dress shirt and necktie. All available for purchase through the catalogue. Isn't that a style faux pas?
Sepp Pepe (5 months ago)
DeJuan McGuire It is.
DeJuan McGuire (1 year ago)
Great topic! I do not yet own a tuxedo, but I am thinking about buying one. Do you think it makes the most sense to start with a black tuxedo, and then later add a dinner jacket in a color that works well with black (not dark blue)?
Spencer Townsend (8 months ago)
DeJuan McGuire yes, absolutely! Build up a classic ensemble, then add and build as time goes on. It's perfectly acceptable to wear a classic Black Tie ensemble at a loose black tie event, but not so acceptable to wear an alternative dinner jacket to a more strick black tie event.
Nicholas Bradley (1 year ago)
I really like your burgundy jacket. Could you please tell me where you bought, or had it made?
Maruf Mamurovich (1 year ago)
great channel!
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
Thanks!
Mike Y CHEUNG (1 year ago)
Disappointed with the Mess jacket comment. It is still considered formal in the Military and arguably has more history and heritage to its civilian equivalent.
colm ivers (1 month ago)
Mike Y CHEUNG however: the tux is not formal, it's semi formal
Starlit (1 year ago)
The traditional dress codes are certainly very interesting and classic, but can be so overwhelming and complicated for people these days.
Spencer Townsend (8 months ago)
Starlit they're pretty simple when you get them together. Black tuxedo single button closure, white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie, waist covering, and black oxfords.
Joseph Harris (1 year ago)
GG where did you get your burgundy dinner jacket? I'm in love!
MMK2210 (1 year ago)
Greetings Mr. Schneider. I must say, what a fine dinner jacket you are sporting! Would you be so kind as to upload a full-frame picture? Many thanks in advance, good Sir.
Cade Kinghorn (1 year ago)
This guy has the nicest smile I've ever seen
Jay Kumar (1 year ago)
so glad he said "circus costume"
CT-5597 Jesse (1 year ago)
Mess Jackets are still military formal wear.
Frankie P (黃浩龍) (1 year ago)
I personally find an ivory coloured dinner jacket with peaked lapels more appealing than one with a shawl-collar. The formality of the peaked lapels helps to balance out the "less formal" nature of the ivory dinner jacket.
Noobybubi (1 year ago)
So I have to wear a kummerbund with a white single button dinner jacket?
Spencer Townsend (8 months ago)
Noobybubi yes, absolutely! It streamlines the look.
Kodachrome40 (1 year ago)
This guy knows his stuff.
Kodachrome40 (1 year ago)
This guy knows his stuff.
Edvin Sand Wahlström (1 year ago)
Should you wear tuxedo trousers (with a stripe running down the leg), or could you get away with black dress trousers? Thanks :)
Edvin Sand Wahlström (1 year ago)
I thought so. Thank you!!
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
You want that galon for sure.
Monsieur Rosé (1 year ago)
Do you have a recommendation, as far as brand, when dealing with dinner jackets?
Joonas Lehto (1 year ago)
i wisd ID had 7 tuxedos
Drogo Baggins (1 year ago)
Haven't even worn a suit in four years and now I want a dinner jacket.
Philip DePaola (1 year ago)
Really informative and helpful video! I especially loved the burgundy velvet jacket you wore; it is very elegant. Would you say velvet should be reserved for dinner and smoking jackets, or do you think it can be used for sport coats and more casual garments?
Jeremy Garner (1 year ago)
I disagree on the peaked lapel off white dinner jacket. The very picture that you displayed of Sean Connery as James Bond had an off white dinner jacket that had peaked lapels. I agree to stay away from notched collars but a peaked lapel jacket certainly does not indicate it is a "cheaper" variant and in my opinion is perfectly acceptable.
hoangkimtran (1 year ago)
As long as James Bond wore it, it is good enough for me.
Enyawecurb (1 month ago)
I love JB as much as the next guy but please don't wear a big flashy swiss watch with your tux. Unless it shoots real lasers of course ;)
CinemaGraphic (2 months ago)
*"There are dinner jackets and there are dinner jackets. This is the latter!"* 🤨Yeah, I don't get it either!
Spencer Townsend (8 months ago)
Take care with that, as some of James Bond's tuxedos are not exactly classic, and a lot of times he skips the waist covering . . .
Mason McCune (1 year ago)
Me too.
smacwhinnie (2 years ago)
Mess jackets are still military formal wear. Circus? Seriously?
Dwight Dutton (4 months ago)
I am a retired US Army officer - and I always thought I looked like a waiter in that outfit.
AnotherLeafyClone (4 months ago)
My thoughts exactly. Mess jackets are worn at military ceremonys and events I'm surprised he didn't knows this as he seems to be quite educated. I'm a cadet so I'm pretty I know this before anyone questions my opinion haha
Will 88 (2 years ago)
I had a very nice white dinner jacket and lent it to my friend for his wedding who ended up spilling a whole glass of red wine on it. Oh well... All gone. I bought a replacement, haven't had a chance to wear it yet though.
AJ Peters (2 years ago)
I learn so much from these videos and I still have so much more to learn
Martin Moore (2 years ago)
Fabulous information. Thank you. M
Derek Leath (2 years ago)
Is there a correct tool for cutting the stitching out of pockets on a jacket?
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
+Dieter Leath Use a seam ripper or your fingers
Mark Hofer (2 years ago)
Mess jackets are common in "Dinner Dress" uniforms in the military. http://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/uniforms/uniformregulations/chapter3/MaleOfficer/MO_DinnerDress/Pages/default.aspx
Ilija Kirilenko (2 years ago)
I wanted to ask a question but it is not really related to this tuxedo topic. So basically in my school we have uniform. We have to wear a navy blazer and black trousers. So my question is - can I wear dark brown shoes with this combination , or only black shoes are appropriate?
Darren Morrison (2 years ago)
merry Christmas and thank for your all of your great advice!
uit Cuijk (2 years ago)
Raphael where did you wear these dinnerjackets
overTIMe (2 years ago)
Why is this (9:05) 'ok' but not this (3:44)?
SteelWarrior115 (1 month ago)
+Moises Ridderstaat yes, flaps are informal
Moises Ridderstaat (1 year ago)
Gentleman's Gazette so its incorrect to wear flaps or flaps means no no. and i think you said a correct dinner suit has to be same fabric or same color lapels? or is it ok to have a white and black lapel .. what color goes best with a black dinner jacket?
overTIMe (2 years ago)
Thanky you, much appriciated.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Because 3:44 is plain off white and it has flaps. 9:05 is a brocade weave with black and white and it does not have flaps.
Caleb Fincher (2 years ago)
Thank you for this wonderful information! Always looking forward to a new video!
Mohamed M (2 years ago)
You did not mention anything about a Cummerbund, are they not essential anymore?
Spencer Townsend (8 months ago)
Cummerbunds are essential! Well, maybe not cummerbunds, but definitely a waist covering that is low enough to expose a good bit of the shirt. Unless you're wearing a double breasted jacket, a waist covering is definitely essential.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
+Mohamed M of course I mentioned cummerbunds, watch the video in full ;)
Ori Iancovici (2 years ago)
Very nice velvet jacket!
Daniel Porto (2 years ago)
Could you do a video about handmade shoes?
redmurder13 (2 years ago)
Can a velvet jacket be worn casually? Would like to get more use out of it since I RARELY get invited into such formal occassions
Fenryr Greyback (2 years ago)
I'm confused, I find everywhere that "dinner jacket" is just the british word for a tuxedo.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Read the full guide for more clarity in regard to the terminology. https://gentl.mn/dinner-jacket-black-tie-guide
Jesse Bos (2 years ago)
never really going to use this information (unfortunately), but it's a great video! keep up the amazing videos
G Romero (2 years ago)
so exciting! I've always wanted to buy a blacktie jacket!
Mandeep Baweja (2 years ago)
amazing! this is the information i always wanted....i subscribed you 2 years back for this guide....and its here and its the best video of yours till date :)
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Thank you for your kind words and support!
Mark Reed (2 years ago)
Usually your advice is perfect, but I've got to disagree with you on this one when you say a dinner jacket is a "non-black" jacket.  No, a traditional dinner jacket is black (or midnight blue).  Certainly other alternatives have come and gone over the last century (particularly the tropical "white" dinner jacket), but the classic dinner jacket is black.  For this purist, anything but black for evening dress is tacky.  A velvet "dinner jacket", of whatever color, gives me horrid flashbacks to the 1970s.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Read the full guide for clarification https://gentl.mn/dinner-jacket-black-tie-guide
R. Taylor (2 years ago)
Awesome
Just who could not resist the thumbnail? How sublime.
lesjduncan (2 years ago)
Great information.
Jon Komatsu (2 years ago)
Wow, great guide! I have always longed for an off-white dinner jacket, but now would adore a brocade or velvet style. Excellent info, mahalos!
Daley (2 years ago)
This video confused me for a while, I didn't realise for a while you were distinguishing a difference between a dinner jacket and "tuxedo". We don't really use the word tuxedo here in Britain and instead we would call a typical black "tuxedo" a dinner suit or, sometimes, a dinner jacket. I'd never considered the option of wearing evening wear that wasn't (what I would call) a dinner suit before. Also, with respect to the mess jacket, I see them worn rather often as one of my friends is a military officer and a mess jacket of some description is part of almost every regiment's regalia.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Yes you can still find them in the military, but hardly ever in a civilian context.
Simon Bartholemy (2 years ago)
Good video, but I disagree on one point. 3:00 : you say that off-white dinner jackets with a pique lapel look cheap. I think that while the classic might have the shawl collar, a well made peak lapel ivory dinner jacket looks really good too. (I own a custom one myself). I really dont understand your advise on staying away from peak lapel off-white jackets because they supposedly look cheap and are not to be worn. Great work other than that, keep it up! Greetings from Switzerland
Akarsu Oltulu (2 years ago)
It's interesting: You are repeating everything I have said, but repeating with correcting manner, like I have said something opposite. Read it again: I didn't say ivory dinner jacket is perfection, I have said a shawl lapel is the best choice for ivory dinner jackets, so it would be perfect in it's nature. I have also stated that ivory dinner jackets are reserved for tropical climates and wearing them other than that is a huge faux pas, so why you remind that again like I have said something else? "Jowly chin" means fat chicks, hence a rounded face. "Broader in the gut" means big belly, hence a thicker person. Again, the same things that I have said.
Akarsu Oltulu (2 years ago)
The necessity of shawl lapel on the ivory dinner jacket is the "loungeness" nature of the shawl lapel. The peak lapel as more standard, and slightly more formal than the shawl. The shawl lapel can be cool, but it's inherently a little lounge-ier. That's why smoking jackets always have shawl lapel. The etiquette of ivory dinner jacket dictates a tropical climate: The ivory dinner jacket's origin on cruises and at tropical resorts speaks to its specific role as a less formal alternative to traditional black tie. It is only appropriate at formal occasions in the tropics year round and in America during the summer season, typically at open-air social gatherings such as country club dances and yacht club parties. Therefore, since it's a lounge-ier garment by etiquette, having the lounge-ier shawl collar will make it complete in nature. Having a peak lapel on an ivory dinner jacket (I believe) should not be defined with "cheapness", but can be considered as "stepping away from perfection". Another advantage of shawl lapel is, it is also usually a little different from the majority of those in the room, at most occasions, and (to my eye) projects a feeling of suave comfort while still retaining formality. But careful: It's also not the most flattering to a man who is getting a little broader in the gut or jowly at the chin.
zunedog31 (2 years ago)
One of my biggest fears is finding myself pictured as wearing something wrong in one of these videos haha
Nicholas Pascucci (2 years ago)
I want to know where to find a cerulean velvet dinner jacket with shawl lapels and turn back cuffs for a decent price. I can't seem to find them anywhere.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Custom Made
Jason Kimes (2 years ago)
The military will strictly wear mess jackets as part of our black tie, although usually it can be substituted for civilian black tie.
Heartrender1st (2 years ago)
Are you better off with belts or suspenders? And if suspenders do you still use the cummerbund over it?
Jared Camilleri (2 years ago)
Heartrender1st suspenders for sure, as Fabian says tuxedo trousers shouldn't have belt loops. Yes you should still wear a cummerbund with suspenders. The point of the cummerbund is to cover the waistline and the 'workings' of the pants. If your jacket is single breasted you need a cummerbund or a waistcoat. But if you have side tabs on the pants and it fits well so it won't fall down you don't necessarily need suspenders, but I personally still think go for suspenders, button on ones not clip ones, the clip ones will ruin your pants in the long run.
Fabian Jahn Högler (2 years ago)
Heartrender1st You should never even have beltloops on your dinner suit trousers! I don't know for sure about suspenders with cumberband, but I would think so. Otherwise, maybe sideadjusters are the way to go.
mえ (2 years ago)
Something often overlooked about boutonnières is that precut buttonholes are generally smaller than you need them to be, and can *not* altered once they've been sewn. You're better off buying a jacket without a buttonhole, and asking a tailor to cut and sew a boutonnière for you. (30-38mm for the traditional carnation.)
Physcho Cheese (2 years ago)
Can you tell me where can i find that wallet
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
The link is in the video or you can just click here: https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/shop/accessories/leather-goods/leather-wallets/mens-leather-wallet-cordovan-oxblood-burgundy-turquoise-deerskin-10-cc-fort-belvedere?utm_campaign=social-lead-gen&utm_medium=video&utm_source=youtube&utm_content=dinner-jacket-black-tie-guide&utm_term=youtube-comment
Jared Camilleri (2 years ago)
The Player Gentleman's Gazette site, it's his own brand.
why RU knechtel (2 years ago)
Is it déclassé if you wear a fake bowtie?
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Yes, only wear a self-tie bow tie. You can learn how to tie it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I3cfa0BOOc
Cms172 (2 years ago)
i personally think it is a bit tacky, but if you like it wear it.
Jakub Gorczyca (2 years ago)
I second Gagliardi, not the best, but they sure are affordable :)
Luckybuck61599 (2 years ago)
My personal variation of black ties is a vintage langrock midnight blue dinner jacket with a slight herringbone weave and grosgrain lapels. I wear it with plaid trousers and and opera slippers and it never fails to draw compliments. Thanks for the awesome guide!
Philip B (2 years ago)
I have been waiting for that for ages! And I love the double breasted white dinner jacket! I have one that I inherited from my grandfather, it's from the 60s, and i think i will tailor it to fit me as soon as I'm completely grown!
Oscar Tejada (2 years ago)
Nice video sir!
PlaYstation CraZZy (2 years ago)
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