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May 5, 2011

The White Dinner Jacket

Though difficult to keep clean, a little too conspicuous, and very evening, the white dinner jacket is a surprisingly versatile piece to own. I purchased my lightly structured white linen dinner jacket from a vintage store in Amsterdam, and was lucky to have it fit me perfectly; all I had to do was have my tailor hem it to today’s very wearable cropped length.
vintage white linen dinner jacket from Amsterdam, tank top courtesy of Blood is the New Black, J. Crew belt, H&M jeans, Paul Smith pink suede Chelsea boots
I like to wear my dinner jacket with a tank top to look as if I got into a fistfight, lost my shirt, emerged unscathed, but never bothered to pick my shirt off of the floor. But you could wear it with anything from a slouchy t-shirt, to a gingham plaid shirt, to a real tuxedo shirt with a bow tie and tailored pants, and the jacket will lend a distinguished debonair air to your look. I had received this top from Blood is the New Black a while back, and have been wearing it out a lot, despite only blogging about it now. The fit and fabric are superb, and it features a Brian Lichtenberg print that pays tribute to one of my most favorite designers, Martin Margiela.
Nobody embodies the iconic-ness and illustrates the versatility of the white dinner jacket like silver screen legend Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (1942):
Humphrey Bogart wears it to jam at a piano bar. (photo via Orbemusical)
Humphrey Bogart wears it to sip tea with a lovely lady in a qipao. (photo via Tout Le Cine)
Humphrey Bogart wears it to play an intense game of chess. (photo via Wesleying)
A closer look at my outfit:
Note the light drapiness of the surprisingly wrinkle-resistant white linen.
These Paul Smith pink suede boots were a whimsical, caution-to-the-wind purchase. It was a hot day, and I thought these sherbert-hued shoes would take me well into summer while still letting me have my boot moment.

Paul Smith pink suede Chelsea boots
When the weather gets warm, I like my shoes to look just as refreshing as my frozen snacks.
photos by Pop, Bop, and Snap


  • Snappylifestyle
    May 5th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    A classic look with an updated style. Very nice.

  • David Toms
    May 5th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Funny, I saw a guy today in a jacket very much like this an plaid shorts, and thought I must investigate purchasing one and low and behold it appears on your blog!

  • Michael
    May 5th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Ok so I have to ask because this is a question that keeps me up at night: Doesn't it bother you that, once you hem the jacket, the pockets are so low on the frame? Granted, it looks like your tailor did a great job, but I always find myself passing on too-long jackets because I worry that the pocket thing will drive me insane.

    Also, love the shoes.

  • Six Six Sick
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I can't ever imagine you in a fistfight, but I still love the concept behind your outfit. Also reminds me to break out all of my BITNB tees now that spring has finally arrived!

  • Izzy
    May 9th, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Michael: Not really, to be honest. Now that you've pointed it out, I guess I could benefit from having them moved up an inch or two. But do you think the proportions have been thrown off ridiculously?

    Tiffany: A boy can dream..

  • Michael
    May 10th, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Not ridiculous, no. I'm just really anal, methinks.

  • Panasonic ES-LA93-K
    April 4th, 2012 at 6:03 am

    A tough guy who played a variety of tough guy heroes and villians.

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