The White Dinner Jacket: Your Formal Summer Saviour

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Sean Connery as James Bond Will you be wearing a white dinner jacket this summer? If not, fear not. It’s by no means a requirement, but it's a striking sartorial alternative to the black dinner jacket for black tie events during the balmy warmer months – and one that we highly recommend. And if you are? We like your style. Thanks to the British love affair with travel that began (for the upper classes, anyway) in the early 1930s, the white dinner jacket was introduced to many a gent's formal wardrobe as a solution for warm-weather white tie events - or an evening in the tropics, Bond-style. The tradition continues today, so here’s our guide to getting it right and looking the part. Oliver Brown white dinner jacket Start with our white dinner jacket, which features an elegant shawl collar - and is actually more of a creamy shade than pure white. This striking jacket can only really be paired with the correct dinner trousers, such as our black Dinner Jacket Trousers made from pure wool barathea. The shirt can often be overlooked. But don't underestimate the power of a perfectly-fitted dress shirt. Baggy shoulders or ill-fitting sleeves will ruin the line of your jacket and detract from the overall look. We recommend a bespoke tailored shirt made from silk or linen by our in-house tailor. Contact us or email [email protected] for a store appointment and see the difference for yourself. The finishing touch? A red carnation. Completely optional, of course, but if it's good enough for Bond...