Dear ESB: Is a white dinner jacket a terrible idea?

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Groom wearing a white dinner jacket

Dear ESB,

My fiance recently broached the idea of wearing a white dinner jacket to our wedding. We’re getting married in Austin at the end of October. I’m wearing this ecru dress by Amsale.

Is a white dinner jacket on a groom a terrible idea? Are we going to clash and look awful? If so, do you have thoughts on how my loves-to-be-different fiance can express himself on our big day?

Thank you kindly.


Not a terrible idea.

GQ’s Style Guy (who I consulted OFTEN when I was obsessively obsessing about H’s ensemble for our wedding), says, “White dinner jackets are meant for the summer season (beginning on Memorial Day) or for year-round temperate zones.” Austin may not be temperate year-round, but I’m willing to bet it’ll be hot in October.

And get this. He goes on to say, “The best white dinner jackets aren’t really white—they are a sort of cream color, since wool isn’t bright white. If the jacket is really white, it’s probably polyester, a fabric that doesn’t breathe well and thus isn’t the best warm-weather option.”


If you don’t find a “white” jacket you like, you could always go with another color. In light wool, obv, not polyester. Ron looks pretty hot in his vintage steel-blue number.

(The Style Guy has plenty more to say about white dinner jackets here.)

Photo of French actor Alain Delon via The Impossible Cool, my favorite source for photos of men who know how to wear clothes.

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Laura Whitney on Jul 14, 2011

My father wore a white dinner jacket when he married my mother in the '60 so I might be biased but I think they are soooo classic! As long as it's of good quality and well tailored to fit correctly I think it's a winner!

Rebecca on Jul 14, 2011

Hate to bring in an outside wedding blog, but I recently saw a beautiful wedding in which the groom wore a white tuxedo jacket: Sure it's a wedding at a castle, but I think a white dinner jacket (even if without the black lapels) could be really stunning.

Kiki on Jul 14, 2011

I just styled a photo shoot where the editors final pick for the bride and groom was an ivory Vera Wang gown paired with a 'white' suit. I was dubious but once I saw it all together on site and now that I've seen how the pics turned totally worked. It was actually pretty amazing. I would highly recommend going for it!

Gawwy on Jul 14, 2011

For me there's nothing wrong on choosing white jacket as long as you know how to handle your self and fit it within your personality.

esb on Jul 14, 2011

@Rebecca that groom is ROCKING IT. i dig the loafers w/ out socks.

nikki on Jul 14, 2011

@rebecca - that groom is a stone cold fox

anna and the ring on Jul 14, 2011

Bean would have changed into a white dinner jacket for the evening part of the wedding if he hadn't fallen head of heels for his fabulous tweed suit. Although the one he has is a delicious off white/cream. So yes, very yes. But not with white trousers - please! Perhaps with pink trousers a la Tom Ford?

Jess on Jul 14, 2011

I love the white dinner jacket idea, very James Bond, but would emphasis "cream color." My cousin wore an ivory wedding dress and her husband wore a white suit (I don't even have enough time to get into what's wrong with a white tux) and her dressy looked dirty next to his jacket.

Maggie Santolla on Jul 14, 2011

White is super classy, I think! My dude is insisting on wearing a vintage plaid suit (subtle, but still). He is very picky about clothes so I am choosing not to fight this battle...but can we trade? ;)

Tonia on Jul 14, 2011

Yes, I say let him wear the dinner jacket. Even if it's not necessarily what you had originally pictured him wearing, if it makes him feel like a groom and he's excited about it, then he's probably going to look great in it because he'll feel great in it. I actually think it will match your dress great! And just be grateful he's not trying to wear wings and tights and pointy shoes.

Erika on Jul 14, 2011


Anastasia on Jul 14, 2011

For our retro wedding last Saturday, my husband wore a white dinner jacket with black tie, cummerbund and tuxedo pants. He received rave reviews. If it fits your theme, I say wear it!

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