Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! Have you ever gotten an invitation that stated
lounge suit as a dress code? Have you ever wondered why those two terms
are combined together and what it means for your outfit? If so, this is the video for you. Today, we discuss the terminology, lounge
suit, what it means, where it comes from, most importantly, what you should wear and
not wear when the invitation asks for lounge suit. By the way, this is a series of different
dress codes so if you ever come across something and you don’t know what to wear, come to our
channel, search for it, and you’ll find the answer. So what is a lounge suit? First of all, with two words lounge and suit,
suit means you have a matching pair of pants and a jacket. It comes from the French term
suivre which means to follow. So your jacket follows your pants, your pants
follow your jacket. A suit is not a combination, meaning a jacket
like a blazer or an orphaned suit jacket that is then combined with a contrasting pair of
pants or a different color or pattern. Now sometimes, people also wear a dark blue
pair of slacks with a dark blue jacket but they’re not made of the same fabric and that’s
not a suit either. So when you have a suit, make sure the fabric
is the same for the jacket and for the pants. Today, when people think of a lounge they
assume a more casual outfit and a suit to them is a more formal outfit. In fact, for most men out there, wearing a
suit is likely the most formal garment they will wear on a regular day-to-day basis. Now that we got that squared away, what is
a lounge suit? The term lounge suit was coined in the beginnings
of the early 20th century. At that time, a regular suit was rather casual
and so that’s what you would wear to a lounge, so obviously, things haven’t changed in the
sense that lounges were considered casual yet the whole formality scale of clothes was
very different. In those times, Gentlemen mostly wear frock
coats, as well as morning coats, and a lounge suit was a new casual kid on the block. So today, when it says lounge suit, don’t
be confused. You actually have to wear a dark suit that
is rather formal and very similar to what you wear when a dress code would call for
business attire or if you’d go to a funeral. To learn more about funerals, watch where
and how to behave, please check out this video here. If you’re interested in business attire or
what business casual means, please check out this video. Most of the time, you’ll find a lounge suit
dress code on written invitations, for example, you’re invited at the Embassy or let’s say
at Buckingham Palace. So what exactly should you wear when the dress
code calls for a lounge suit? Basically, a dark suit with a necktie. It can either be single-breasted or double-breasted,
a two-piece suit or a three-piece suit, to learn how a suit should fit, please check
out this video series here. Unlike the dress code black tie, which is
very formal and very distinct and you can learn all about it in to this video here,
the lounge suit dress code gives you a little more flexibility and room to mix up your outfit. For ladies, lounge suit means either a cocktail
dress or some form of a gown. For color, you should go with either navy
or charcoal, maybe dark grey or even a form of charcoal brown can work, stay clear of
any bright and loud colors. Subtle patterns like a pinpoint are okay,
maybe a very subtle non-contrasting houndstooth, maybe a faint stripe, but I would stay clear
of wide rope stripes or big contrasting white stripes in a dark background because that’s
too loud for a lounge suit dress code. Likewise, stay clear of very casual suits,
other materials such as tweed or bold patterns with a very casual structure and texture. The suit should always be worn with a necktie;
it can be a regular classic necktie or if you want to, also a bow tie. Stay clear of ascots or an open neck since
it’s too formal of an occasion to go without proper neckwear. In terms of patterns, keep it classic and
conservative, meaning go with maybe a blue tie, a red tie, or something in darker shades. Stay clear of the bright orange or yellow
ties. For your shirt, a plain solid white or a plain
solid light blue are your best options. Patterned shirts should be avoided, checked
shirts or anything that is quite bold such as blue and white stripes. The collar of your shirt should be a classic
turndown collar. The spread can vary and it depends a bit on
your face. With a rounder face, you can go for a smaller
spread and a bigger collar. With an oval face, you can have a more spread
collar but you definitely want to avoid a button-down collar since it would be too casual. The goal is to look appropriate and respectful
without being flashy. So for shoes, that means go with a pair of
Oxfords, maybe some derbies in either black, a form of brown, or maybe dark burgundy. Stay clear of loafers, casual textures such
as suede or full brogues since that would be not formal enough. In terms of the rest of your accessories,
go with over the calf socks so you don’t reveal your bare skin. If you want a pocket square, you can go with
one. Try to keep it muted, the classic white linen
pocket square with hand rolled edges is probably your best bet and you can find it in our shop
here. I also suggest you go with a more conservative
fold such as the TV fold I’m wearing here right now, not the crown fold or something
more flashy. You can wear any form of a micropattern tie,
meaning small pattern, which are very formal and elegant. For a selection of lounge suit appropriate
ties, please check out our store here. Personally, I would avoid a boutonniere and
if you wear a belt, make sure it matches the color of your shoes. If you wear suspenders or braces, they don’t
have to mention because likely you’re not going to see them. So in today’s video, I am wearing a typical
outfit would be appropriate when a dress code called for a lounge suit. it’s a dark navy single breasted suit two
button with two side vents it’s a worsted wool it’s a little heavier and it drapes well
I have regular pants with cuffs that are pleated a white shirt with barrel cuffs you could
also opt for French cuffs or double cuffs with cufflinks my tie is a red and blue with
buff tones a madder silk tie from Fort Belvedere which you can find in our shop here the pocket
square is a white linen pocket square with a TV fold that goes well with my shirt and
underlines the serious and respectful solace that the allowance of dress code requires
my socks are over the calf in Navy with a little bit of yellow and the stripe is a shadow
stripe that works with any kind of navy suit and you can find them in our shop here. my shoes are black semi brogues which are
just formal enough a full brogue would not have worked a quarter brogue will work as
well as a plain cap toe Oxford whilst wearing a pinky ring in rose gold with a bloodstone
which is dark and works well with my entire outfit.