Lounge Suit Dress Code + History, What to Wear, DOs & DON’Ts

Lounge Suit Dress Code + History, What to Wear, DOs & DON’Ts


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.

51 Replies to “Lounge Suit Dress Code + History, What to Wear, DOs & DON’Ts”

  1. Very informative video sir! I didnโ€™t know this, so now I know! This will make my garderobe even better! Thank you!

  2. Iโ€™m running in the wrong circles. Iโ€™m a middle aged man and Iโ€™ve never been invited to or even heard of an invitation with the words lounge suits. Living in Florida our clothing options are limited. Itโ€™s extremely casual here. Too casual generally for my preference. Itโ€™s the oppressive heat. You can never wear a tweed suit here or a heavy sweater. Maybe once or twice a year. Big on cargo shorts in this state. People wear T-shirtโ€™s to fancy restaurants. Ugh.

  3. Good and safe advice, though George Clooney received rave reviews on his light grey lounge suit worn at the Meghan/Harry affair.

  4. You mention this is not a time for an ascot.
    Iโ€™d love to see more about best ways and occasions to wear an ascot. I think ascots are under appreciated and underused today!

    Also can you talk more about shirt colors and face shapes or other factors dictating which color shape. I had never heard about face shape making a difference.

  5. Would a club collar be appropriate as well? I was wondering about its place on the formality scale when compared to regular pointed collars.

  6. Great video I confess when I first saw the title "Lounge Suit" I immediately thought WHAT! He will be discussing polyester leisure suits? But now after watching the video I have a clearly and much better understanding of the terminology thanks for a precise and wonderful explanation!

  7. Why do you have such an aversion to button-down collars, i.e. what makes them casual? I'm a huge fan of them as they keep the collar stiffly in place without the need to starch or use a tie bar and they ensure that the collar does not come with too much spread.

  8. Hi, I'm graduating from university and I'm not sure what to wear underneath the gown at the graduation ceremony. I was wondering whether you had any suggestions for such an occasion.

  9. Would you consider doing a video about appropriate dress for traveling by plane, train, etc.? I recall years ago we would always wear our best outfits when traveling.

  10. Another great video. My friends have really respected me more since I started to follow you videos. Brilliant work!

  11. Thank you so much for mentioning what the equivalent ladies attire would be. I am very interested in learning the women's counter parts to classic style dress.

  12. I love learning about these things but after .. oh i dunno, 7-8 years of this, I realized that most people will spend their entire lives not ever needing (for example) a tux for a black tie event, or will need to know the intricacies of when to wear a white dinner jacket/tux. Still, it is nice to know I can just come to this channel and search for these topics.

    I am curious though – how would one manage to require this sort of esoteric knowledge? The most formal event most people will experience in their lives is a wedding and i'm sure 99/100 the dress code will just require random dinner jackets, instead of males matching in black.

  13. Iโ€™m going to start calling a suit a lounge suit on invitations to see what creative things people come up with. …it sounds like youโ€™re describing cocktail attire. Is there difference between cocktail attire and lounge suit?

  14. So basicly a lounge suit is pretty much a dark blue suit with Black shoes, white shirt and a tie. And ofc a black belt with matching watch.

  15. What weight is that suit? It drapes very well despite looking like a lightweight worsted which typically don't.

  16. Firstly, Sven, you produce the most amazing videos that have helped me on many occasions to dress in the right manner. Secondly, I am going to be travelling quite a bit for my new job and I want to wear a suit whilst travelling but I was wondering what I should wear and/or how to style it? Any wayโ€‹ that you could help out would be appreciated.

  17. You state that oxfords, semi-brogues or derbys are acceptable — showing a pair of long-wings as your derby example (I'd call them blutchers or just long-wings before calling them derbys, but..) Then you state that full-brogues would not be acceptable.

    Question: Wouldn't long-wings be considered full-brogues?

  18. If you never attend dinners/events with a dress code — and your work is also completely casual — you could still just take you wife out to dinner (example) and dress well. Just make sure you pick the most suitable place you can. Being the best dressed is nice, but wearing black tie at a Red Lobster will just make you clash and look like an idiot.

    Also, you could join a club or a fraternal organization like The Elks, Odd Fellows, Masons — they still have formal events and rituals, although check as some lodges have gone more casual.

  19. Thank you, very informative. Could you please make a video about mixing different pants from jacket and your observations? For business, I often wear either plain dark wool pants with a more friendly slightly lighter herringbone jacket, or a dark jacket with plaid pants. My reasoning is that a suit, in business (not social situations) tends to prevent human connection and puts people on the defensive. It's simply too formal on day-to-day if you want people to actually tell you what is really going on and truly get things done, on a daily basis. I'm in the actuarial field. I'd love to hear your opinions and theories on strategic downdressing to make people feel less intimidated and building long-term business relationships that are open, rather than on guard and defensive.

  20. Gentlemen wear trousers, not pants. And the only man who can get away with a bowtie is a gynaecologist.

  21. I've watched a few of this guys videos and I feel like he's stuck in the past. Its like hes giving advice to men from the 50's or 60's.

  22. Would wearing an odd vest in a buff or light Gray color with a dark navy suit be considered inappropriate for lounge attire?

  23. Speaking of embassies though, Herr Schneider, for reasons too complex to explain in a YouTube comment, in parts of the Mideast it is seen as uncouth to wear a necktie in less formal environments.

  24. I'm a big fan of wearing waistcoats, but I don't have the matching waistcoat for my go-to navy suit. Would a mid-grey odd waistcoat paired with the suit be appropriate for the lounge suit dress code?

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