Lighter colored summer dinner jackets, seen at venues like Nashville's Richland Country Club, became popular in the United States because they are complementary to the ladies' summer evening dresses. And when something other than black or midnight blue is worn, the single breasted white shawl collar version on Dr. Keith Churchwell remains entrenched as the most popular choice. Color touches, such as dark green or midnight blue bow ties with matching cummerbund and hose, are not uncommon, but color in the jackets themselves has more historic precedence. A favorite deviation from the norm of white is André Churchwell's light blue.
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