every man needs: a white dinner jacket

with summer in full swing, you’re probably 3-4 weddings deep at this point, and if you’re from the south, then you’ve probably had to wear a tux for most of those.  i actually prefer wearing my tux to weddings because i wear a suit to work every day.  so how do you add a little flavor to your formal wear?  you get yourself a white dinner jacket.

the white dinner jacket first popped up in the the 1920’s as an alternative to the heavy fabric and dark colors of the traditional tuxedo jacket.  wealthy travelers needed something lightweight to take with them to warmer climates, thus creating the need for the white dinner jacket.  most white dinner jackets are made of linen or a very lightweight worsted wool that holds up well in humid environments.  the color is also not technically white but ivory.  they became very popular after humphrey bogart wore one in casablanca (below).

 

brooks brothers has one on sale right now for $550.  that’s a good chunk of change, but not if you consider it an investment.  every man needs one in his wardrobe sooner or later.

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  1. June 8th, 2014

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