Published at Sunday, July 29th, 2018 - 19:26:04 PM. tuxedo styles. By Logan.
As far back as the 1860s the increasing popularity of outdoor pursuits among the British middle & upper classes led to a corresponding increase in the popularity of the lounge suit This became a country alternative to the more starchy formal daywear traditionally worn by menabouttown Men also sought an alternative to the stiffly formal tailcoat worn in the evening at society functions For some country squires the solution was to adopt the casual velvet smoking jacket by having it made from the same fabric as the evening tailcoat This made it more acceptable for more informal homedining A turningpoint in the respectability of wearing tailless jackets as a part of eveningdress came with the adoption of the style by the UK Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VII) The Prince′s tailors Henry Poole & Co of Savile Row have an undated receipt for a blue silk smoking jacket ordered by the future monarch to wear to informal dinnerparties They have variously claimed dates of 1860 & 1865 for this receipt
Many etiquette clothing & sartorial pundits have insisted for the last century that the term ′tuxedo′ is less correct than ′dinner jacket′ However the first written reference to the tuxedo predates dinner jacket by some two years; tuxedo first appeared in 1889 while dinner jacket is dated to 1891 Contrarily the Prince of Wales had apparently ordered a ′tailless dinner jacket′ from his tailors in 1885 Today the terms are variously used in different parts of the world Tuxedo as a term is most often encountered in North America where it originated It was here where it came to be associated with Tuxedo Park This was a plannedresort community developed as a huntingclub in the Ramapo Mountains near New York City In French Italian Portuguese German Spanish Polish Russian & other European languages the tuxedo is referred to as the smoking jacket In French the shawlcollared version is known as le smoking Deauville The peakedlapel version however is known as le smoking sentirent In many places it has earned the nickname of penguin suit owing to its black & white colourcombination In the US it is often called the monkey suit This is a reference to street musicians who had an accompanying chimpanzee as part of their act in which the chimp would be kittedout in a mini tuxedo
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