A young man from a wealthy Macon, Georgia family attends a formal dinner at his college in 1893. What was his formal suit called back then? I'm thinking he probably wore a tailcoat, but I want to know the name of the entire suit if there is one.
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If Wikipedia is correct about the origin of the short dinner jacket ("tuxedo") then its entry on the 1890s in Western fashion is probably correct:
So yes, white tie and tails is quite likely for a formal dinner.