Velvet and entertaining simply go hand-in-hand. Once a luxury cigar-absorber for the gentleman class, the velvet dinner jacket was a sign of homey, albeit opulent, comfort.
Today, the jacket embodies sartorial smarts with a hint of eccentricity. If you’re playing host, especially during carnival season in New Orleans, it’s hard to imagine wearing another garment for the occasion. The velvet’s luster functions like a mobile spotlight.
The Lazio is from Suitsupply’s slim cut range. Compared to the standard Napoli fit, the jacket features higher armholes, slimmer sleeve barrels, double-vents, a trimmer waist, and a higher gorge.
I measure for a 38S jacket, but always size down in Suitsupply to a 36S. I’m of an athletic build, however the shoulder line is clean right out of the box. The Lazio has just the right amount of structure, a bit more English leaning than the Napoli fit.
The drop 6 suits my waist perfectly, which sidesteps any need to pinch the side seams. I’m always happy to save on alterations.
I measure for a 34” sleeve, so the 36S leaves me showing too much cuff. Sadly the functional button cuffs are pre-cut—a sleeve extension beyond an inch will appear unbalanced. For a party jacket, however, I’ll suffer through the issue.
At 5’8”, the jacket length completely covers my seat for a classic appearance, not cropped or trendy. The one-button stance is centered, slightly above the belly button.
Suitsupply intends to bring previously unattainable custom tailoring details and quality fabrics to the off-the-rack market. They do a pretty good job on the Lazio.
From the Italian Redaelli mill, the velvet is gorgeous. The green isn’t true emerald or bottle green, but rather a dustier, herbaceous hue that stands out from the crowd.
The grosgrain collar is silky and substantial on the hand. Unfortunately, the machine finishing on the lapel gives a spanking newness and uninspired roll.
There is a subtle curve to the peak lapel that gives the appearance of a narrower width—I would prefer a wider lapel or to swap the peak for a shawl altogether. The hand-finished angled buttonhole is a nice touch; no cheap keyhole stitching here.
As for the nitty gritty, the jetted pockets are finished expertly, but the chest pocket showed a slight slump after opening with my seam ripper.
If you already own a black tux with grosgrain piping, you’re in luck for pairing this jacket. Otherwise, Suitsupply sells formal trouser separates in a pinch.
I opted for a rock and roll look. My event was informal, so I paired with slim black jeans and polished monk straps with nickel hardware.
To keep the look clean, I wore a white Ascot Chang French placket shirt with an open collar. It’s an easy red carpet trick with plenty of attitude.
At $399 you won’t feel guilty purchasing solely for a special event. I enjoyed dozens of compliments and that extra dose of attention that generally trails men in velvet.