It's about that time of year when the save-the-dates and invitations to galas, awards, dinners and dances start to trickle through and jostle for a place on the mantelpiece, which of course means that a) hangover season will be shortly upon us, and more importantly b) it will soon be the time to dust off and don eveningwear, which has most likely laid dormant for quite some time.
If you happen to be in the market for a dinner jacket upgrade, or are perhaps looking to purchase one's first dinner jacket for such occasions as befit one, then you are in for a treat because this season, we have produced four stunning colours in our timeless cotton velvet dinner jacket style. Now we are of course great advocates of all dinner jacket varieties, but the cotton velvet style - to borrow a phrase from the youth of today - "just hits different."
Perhaps it's the fact that in a sea of traditional black/silk grosgrain DJs, the chap who wears the lesser seen velvet alternative simply stands out from the crowd. Perhaps also it's the fact that velvet seems to have a more eccentric personality, exuding confidence and personality. There is a certain loucheness to the soft dense pile that evokes a rakishness on behalf of the wearer and in the best possible sense. Or maybe we're just over-romanticising?! Either way, we think they are fabulous alternatives to the classic black DJ and well worth your consideration.
TEAL VELVET COTTON
Foremost among this quarter is a new teal colour for this season which we can't get enough of. It's a truly resplendent tone that really comes alive under the lights, with deep tonality and a sumptuous tactile finish. As with each of the cotton velvet dinner jackets, it's slim fitting and features a contrasting black silk grosgrain peak lapel and matching buttons. The jacket also has a welted breast pocket, slanted flapped side pockets and four button working cuffs. Inside, the jacket is lined in Favourbrook midnight paisley with three internal pockets. Paired with our black Hampton dress trousers and a black silk bow tie, it's a very sophisticated eveningwear look.
RUST VELVET COTTON
For those who like to turn heads, then this season's rust option has your name on it. In nature, red is often the marker of something dangerous, but in sartorial circles it signifies a bold character who likes to zig when everyone else zags. The rust tone is a tremendous contrast to the black in your eveningwear outfit, eye-catching without being outrageous.
OCHRE VELVET COTTON
Its cousin, the slightly more muted ochre version, can be a happy medium for those who want to stand out without pushing the colour envelope beyond a reach they're comfortable with. It's a fantastic hue for autumnal events and evokes a slightly more casual approach to black tie.
MARINE VELVET COTTON
Finally, we have the statesman of the quartet - a deep marine tone that reveals many nuances of blue under the lights. It is for those gents who want to make a quietly bold statement. Less conspicuous than the other tones, it is nevertheless a standout option for formal evening events and will leave a lasting impression on fellow attendees.