Non-Traditional

Prom is here and you’ve suggested asking questions on the newer videos…Okay so I’ve decided to get a white jacket with black contrasting lapels. pants are black and shoes are black velvet slip on shoes. You’ve said tradition is best, I’m not a traditional person though. It’s a masquerade party and I will have a mask on. The mask will probably match the mask of my date and if not then it will have the same colors. I would really like your opinion. Thank you!

Smoking Jacket vs Tuxedo

Is a black or midnight blue velvet smoking jacket in the same playing field of formality a traditional dinner suit/tuxedo? If so, are there design aspects that make it more or less appropriate e.g lapel shapes, single or double breasted etc…

I ask because I’ve been invited to a black tie event which is not a common occurrence for me and think that a single breasted velvet jacket might serve me better in the long run because I could potentially work it into outfits for less formal occasions, rather than letting a tuxedo go to waist in my wardrobe.