A dinner suit or jacket is often referred to as DJ in the UK or a Tuxedo (Tux) in the USA and is a semi-formal evening suit distinguished principally by either a satin or grosgrain (ribbed silk) facings on the jacket’s lapels and buttons, there is also a similar banding or stripe along the out seam of the trousers.
Dress suits are still predominantly black and occasionally midnight blue and as dress codes have relaxed in recent years people have been allowed a greater degree of flexibility in expressing their individualism when selecting fabrics and choice of accessories. However, it is important to remember that Black Tie remains the gold standard for formal attire, so we advise sticking to the rules as you will enjoy the occasion far more by obeying the subtle differences.
As the name Black Tie suggests it is traditional (but no longer essential) to wear a dinner suit with a black silk bow tie, the outfit is completed with a formal dress shirt and a well-polished pair of formal shoes. With so many people dressed in the same attire It is easy to stand out for the wrong reasons, people always notice when someone has done it properly and someone hasn’t.
We believe a well-made dinner suit that fits properly, using a fine pure new wool (or a wool and silk blend) cloth represents a sound investment as it will keep you cooler and last for many years.