Manner Monday®: Tuxedos and Tails

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by Carey Sue Vega in Etiquette, Fashion, Manner Monday

If you’ve been near any TV or social media, you know that Oscar night has been trending:  the red carpet, the beautiful dresses, the tuxedos and of course the mixup with the final announcement.  Not to dwell on that… let’s talk about the Tuxedo!.

tuxedo.jpgThe traditional tuxedo is classic and timeless.  Originally called a “dinner jacket” in England, the suit made it’s way to Tuxedo Park, New York, where members wore the jacket to the Tuxedo Club in the early 1900’s.  As the men traveled to New York City they would don their classic dinner jacket for evenings out in the Big Apple and the style was quickly adapted as the norm; referencing the men from the Tuxedo Club, the “Tuxedo” was born.

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For the Downton Abbey fans, you may have noticed in the first few seasons the men wore traditional tailcoats (white tie and tails, aka orchestra conductor regalia) for dinner. In the later seasons, the dress code became a bit more relaxed and the gentlemen started donning classic tuxedo suits at the table. Change is something everyone is not always keen on, as we watched when Lady Dowager said to Robert Crawley who was dressed ‘down’ for dinner (black tie instead of white), “Why are you in your rompers?”

Who was your favorite Oscar attendee sporting a traditional Tuxedo?  I think my vote may go to Justin Timberlake.

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