This Season’s Trendiest Dinner Jackets From Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana and Sebastian Cruz Couture

By  //  January 25, 2022

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If we take a look back at the London premiere for the latest James Bond, No Time to Die. Daniel Craig had decided against all of the classic suit rules, the Hollywood icon wore a velvet double-breasted fuchsia dinner jacket, which saw him forgoing the typical black-tie he has grown accustomed to wearing at former premiers of Bond movies.

The suit became the talk of the town and was a topic of discussion, with some loving how fashion-forward the ensemble was, to those who thought otherwise and viewed the look as garnished. Regardless, it was clear that Mr. Bond had made an impact on the red carpet. But this seems to be what is required of the “classic man” these days, fashion-wise. 

Designer fashion houses such as Tom Ford, Sebastian Cruz Couture, and Roberto Cavalli have put a twist on the fashion industry as they spruced up the traditional suit with pops of color, bold prints, and a modern look. Let’s take a look at some of the iconic dinner jackets that we have seen by high fashion leading designers.

What is the Difference between a Dinner Jacket and a Suit Jacket?

One of the easiest ways to differentiate between the two is that dinner jackets are designed with just a single closure button, whereas suit jackets can range from one to three buttons. Another major difference between the two jacket styles is the design of their pockets.

In order to preserve a sleek appearance, dinner jackets omit the traditional pocket flap or patch pockets that are generally seen in suits and blazers. With times and trends constantly changing, the traditional style in menswear is evolving as well, which is why it can be difficult to tell these staple clothing pieces apart.

The Top Dinner Jackets of 2021

Sebastian Cruz Couture: Navy Blue & Black Paisley Dinner Jacket

Our favorite on this list is this modern take on the traditional dinner jacket. Subtle enough to be worn by even the most conservative of gentlemen, whilst still unique enough to turn heads wherever you may go. The fact that the jacket comes with a matching pocket square (when purchased directly from the official Sebastian Cruz Couture website) is just the cherry on top as it does help to tie the look together. 

Sebastian Cruz Couture is exclusively available online and the fashion house ships globally. According to the website, when purchasing the jacket, customers will also receive “Free shipping worldwide.” The items are “handmade and shipped approximately within 8-12 business days. Need it for a specific event? Email us prior to ordering to confirm delivery.”

Tom Ford: Navy Twill O’Connor Tuxedo

This jacket is perfect for anyone looking for a traditional look, the navy blue is a subtle change from the regular black jacket and the satin finishings give the jacket a mild modern twist. The Tom Ford website describes the jacket as “A signature Tom Ford tuxedo with an O’Connor base. Featuring contrasting black satin lapels, single button, and gauntlet sleeves.”

Dolce & Gabbana: Leopard-print jacquard Martini-fit tuxedo jacket

The monochromatic color scheme is offset by the unique leopard print, whilst the jacket may not appeal to everyone, it is certainly eye-catching and suitable for a more extravagant look. The classic fit prevents the jacket from looking over the top, whilst maintaining a certain allure.

The website markets the jacket as “The craftsmanship, the attention to detail and the selection of superior fabrics, combined with the tailoring of the garments, form the very essence of the collection’s DNA. The new logo inspired by Dadaism mixes with the black and white prints of photos from Sicily that take us back to the origins of Dolce&Gabbana’s tradition.”

Final Thoughts

To quote American comedian, actor, singer, and writer George Burns “If you wear a dinner jacket, don’t wear anything else on it… like lunch or dinner.” Whilst this is obviously light-hearted advice, the sentiments stay true. A well-tailored dinner jacket will elevate even the simplest of looks, whilst it might be tempting to play it safe with a classic black– fun, bold and unique prints can still be worn by a gentleman, if done properly.