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What are the differences between a dress suit and an ordinary suit?  We explain them to you!

You have probably often ask yourself what to wear on which occasion. If you have been invited to dinner in an elegant restaurant or have a business meeting, the decision will be relatively easy – both occasions call for a smart, but not a dress suit. However, what about your son’s prom or the ball at the end of your daughter’s dance classes, or a wedding – maybe even your own? 

Of course, in that case, you would not wish to look underdressed and maybe, the question of what to wear will make you break out into a sweat more than the ballroom dancing that is de rigeur on such occasions. Can you relate to this? Then we have reassuring news for you: it’s actually not that complicated! The dress code is often specified on the invitation. Let us have a look at how to correctly interpret the dress code for an event and what makes a dinner suit so special compared to other, ordinary suits.

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Everything starts with the respective dress code.

If you are expected to wear an ordinary black suit , it will probably say “smart dress” on the invitation. 

Verwendet der Gastgeber auf seiner Einladung Begriffe wie „Abendanzug“, „black tie“ oder „cravate noir“ ist dies für dich ein klares Signal dafür, dass du zum Smoking greifen solltest.

If all else fails, a dress suit may be acceptable for such events. However, you should not even think about wearing an ordinary suit.

The suit – a perfect all-rounder

Every suit – a dinner suit or a morning suit is no exception – consists of a jacket and a matching pair of trousers. Three-piece suits also include a waistcoat.

In contrast to a dinner suit, which is formal evening wear for gentlemen, an ordinary suit is an all-rounder that is suitable for many occasions and can be worn at all times of the day – although these may, of course, also include evening events.

Suit jackets are either single- or double-breasted. A single-breasted suit jacket has a single button front; a double-breasted suit jacket has two that overlap.

What’s the perfect fit for a suit?

Hat dein Sakko nur einen Knopf, dann muss das Jackett im Stehen zugeknöpft sein. Wenn du dich hinsetzt, machst du das Jackett auf. Du wirst vermutlich automatisch daran denken, denn mit einem geschlossenen Sakko sitzt es sich ziemlich unbequem.

Bei der Zweiknopf-Variante wird ausschließlich der obere Knopf geschlossen. Beim Sitzen ist auch hier die Jacke offen.

  • The trousers must be neither too short nor too long. If the trouser legs break slightly on top of your shoes, you have chosen the right length.
  • Do not buy a suit that is too tight. The jacket should not be wide open at the lapels when buttoned up, and the lining of the trouser pockets must not be visible.
When do I fasten which button?

Single-breasted suit jackets have one, two or three buttons. Pay attention to the following rules:

Suit and sports jacket etiquette #1

If your suit or sports jacket has only one button, this button must be fastened when standing up. When you sit down, you unfasten the button. 

Suit and sports jacket etiquette #2

On the two-button version, only the top button is fastened. Again, the button is unfastened when sitting down.

Suit and sports jacket etiquette #3

If your suit or sports jacket has three buttons, you have to fasten the middle button. You can also fasten the top button, if you like, but please: never fasten the bottom button. When you sit down, you unfasten all of the buttons.

Suit and sports jacket etiquette #4

With a dark suit from bugatti , you are always well and elegantly dressed. Black, anthracite or navy blue are particularly popular suit colours.

What to wear with a suit?

A white shirt and a tie or bow tie in a muted colour is always the right choice. If the occasion is quite informal, you can also wear a colourful shirt with a tie or bow tie in a matching colour with your suit. A matching handkerchief worn as a pocket square adds that certain something to your outfit.

To complete the picture to perfection, you should wear leather shoes and long socks – preferably knee-length. A glimpse of “naked” male leg is an absolute no-no!

The dinner jacket – elegant for formal occasions

A dinner suit is a particularly elegant evening suitToday’s dinner jacket evolved from the “smoking jacket” once worn by British gentlemen. 

Originally, this was a velvet smoking jacket which gentlemen slipped into after the official part of the evening was over, taking off their formal frock coats when they retreated to a separate room to smoke or play cards after dinner.

A classic dinner jacket is black – or dark navy or maybe anthracite, at the most – and is worn to evening events that start after 18:00. The so-called dress jacket, on the other hand, is white or light beige and is worn as an outdoor version of the dinner jacket to outdoor functions.

These days, only a few minor details differentiate a dress suit from an ordinary suit, which it is in any case. The basic concept is essentially the same; a dress suit also consists of a suit jacket, a pair of trousers and a waistcoat. However, there are some easily spotted differences.

Of course, you can purchase a wide choice of accessories for your suit outfit from bugatti online .

The dinner jacket – distinctive details

How can you tell that a suit jacket is a dinner jacket? The most distinctive feature is certainly the lapels, which are usually made of contrasting shiny silk or satin, rather than the same material as the jacket. A dinner jacket also never has notch lapels; it has either peak or shawl lapels. 


Auch wenn du einen noch so schicken Gürtel in dem Kleiderschrank hast – dieser hat bei einer Smokinghose nichts zu suchen. Am besten fällt die Smokinghose, wenn du Hosenträger anhast. Diese gibt es aus Seide oder Barathea in Schwarz oder Weiß. Seitenspangen am Hosenbund sorgen für einen perfekten Sitz.

Kummerbund oder Weste – dein Geschmack entscheidet

Wenn du zum Smoking keine Weste tragen möchtest, dann ist der sogenannte Kummerbund Pflicht. Mit echtem Kummer hat das übrigens nichts zu tun. Man sagt, dass britische Soldaten zur Zeit der britischen Kolonialherrschaft die Schärpenmode aus Indien nach Europa gebracht haben. Aus dem persischen „kamarband“ (= Hüftgürtel) wurde dann über den englischen Begriff  cumberbund“ das deutsche Wort „Kummerbund“.

Ein Kummerbund ist also nichts anderes als eine im Rücken verstellbare Schärpe, die anstelle einer Weste um den Hosenbund getragen wird. Der Kummerbund sollte farblich auf die Fliege abgestimmt sein.

Wenn du dich für eine Weste entscheidest, solltest du möglichst ein optisch vorteilhaftes Modell ohne Revers wählen. Die Front einer Smoking-Weste kann aus schwarzer Seide oder dem Oberstoff des Smokings bestehen. Verzichte eher auf bunten Farben. Das ist alles andere als passend.

Zu einem zweireihigen Smoking wird übrigens weder Kummerbund noch Weste getragen, da eine zweireihige Smokingjacke nur geschlossen getragen wird.

What else do you need for a perfect dinner suit outfit?

Auf Schmuck solltest zu verzichten. Zum Smoking wird auch keine Armbanduhr getragen. Der Fokus soll ganz auf deiner Garderobe liegen. Glänzen dürfen allerdings die Manschettenknöpfe.

Black patent leather shoes are stylish and the perfect match for a dinner suit. Whichever shoes you choose to wear with your dinner suit, they should always be polished to a shine. Your socks should also be black and knee-length, if possible.


What should I definitely have in my wardrobe?

If you are frequently invited to evening events, you should own a dinner suit and the matching accessories which, by the way, you can also buy from bugatti.

In any case, an ordinary dark suit is a must-have for any gentleman. Upgrade your suit for formal occasions with a white shirt, a silk tie and a high-quality handkerchief for a well-dressed and elegant look that is suitable for almost all occasions.

A morning suit, on the other hand, is worn on relatively few occasions, so you don’t really need to own one. Should you need a morning suit, you can always hire it.

If you own an attractive everyday suit and a festive dress suit, you will be well-equipped for any occasion and will always make a good impression!

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