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    What is it, and how do I wear it?

    Got excited and got ahead of myself... Picked this up at quite a reasonable price, and now, not only do I not know what it is, I've no idea to wear with it. Doesn't seem to be room for a waistcoat, and a belt seems highly improbable. That being said, I'm utterly clueless. Does anyone recognize this style? I'll know more once it gets here in a week or so.

    Thanks all!

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    Without further information, such as what it was described as, my first thought is a military mess dress coat. Military version of white tie.

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    I would suggest what you have is something of a "one-off". The jacket length is reminiscent of an Eton or mess jacket, although this particular jacket is double-breasted. Because it is double-breasted, it would be worn without waistcoat or belt. IMHO.

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    Interesting... Mess jacket, Spencer; more research to be done! This was just described as a 'kilt jacket,' so I'm afraid that's all I have to go off of. Thanks again!
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    Military mess jackets and their formal wear variants are normally single-breasted and worn with a waistcoat.

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    I agree that this looks like a bespoke garment and one that is meant to be worn fastened, possibly with a belt depending on the length and fit.

    It could look rather elegant and I rather like it although I'm not a belt fan.
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    Greatest appreciation for the help thus far. :-) Here's a photo of what appears to be a very heavy lining, if that helps with anything...

    Best,

    Darryl

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    It looks like a specifically Highland Evening jacket, to be worn with an Evening Dress belt such as is worn with the Montrose.

    I knew it looked familiar- here it is! Being worn by the Alexander Brothers

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ng4XklfxsI

    It strikes me as a blend between a Prince Charlie and a Montrose.

    Here is Pipe Major Evan MacRae wearing a not dissimilar jacket, though his buttons higher. I took this photo c1981



    The man on the left is Lt Col John McEwing, the founder of the North Idaho College School Of Bagpiping.
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    Again, very interesting... Thanks very much for that! I'll have to see if there are belt loops or hooks once I get it in; couldn't see any in the photos I had available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D.A. Guertin View Post
    Greatest appreciation for the help thus far. :-) Here's a photo of what appears to be a very heavy lining, if that helps with anything...

    Best,

    Darryl

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    I would expect a maker's label somewhere, perhaps inside an internal pocket.

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