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Well what was quite common in the later days of the Empire was the bush jacket, and for formal occasions, a white linen high-necked tunic. Both are still worn by the Royal Navy (and Royal Marines); the tunic is still worn for very formal occasions in the British Army, in place of the dark blue tunic usually worn, with the blue trousers normally worn in temperate climates, and is called Number 3 dress. The RAF only has the white tunic for a few senior officers in certain appointments on certain occasions.
 

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On another note; have a pair of grey trousers with a sort of darker grey prince of Wales check, and also a grey silk tie in the same. However, both of them have a thin red overcheck on them. Would that render either of them unsuitable for wear with a stroller (Or morning dress for that matter)?

Also, would a pair of plain grey fishtail backed trousers ever be suitable for either (not including a morning suit)?
 

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On another note; have a pair of grey trousers with a sort of darker grey prince of Wales check, and also a grey silk tie in the same. However, both of them have a thin red overcheck on them. Would that render either of them unsuitable for wear with a stroller (Or morning dress for that matter)?

Also, would a pair of plain grey fishtail backed trousers ever be suitable for either (not including a morning suit)?
Neither a glen check with colored overcheck nor plain grey are traditional for morning dress or black lounge, but they can definitely work.
 

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Should the shirt be plain white/white collar&cuffs and pastel/striped body or are plain colours like light blue acceptable?
 

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Also...where did the whole thing as regards striped/checked/houndstooth trousers come from in the first place? Were they ever worn with the frock coat; or was it only ever a morning-coat thing? Were the trousers with the frock coat only ever to match the coat?
 

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On the subject of grey morning coats being the hot-climate version of full morning dress, here's a couple of photographs of Sir Hubert Rance, last British governor of Burma, at the independence ceremony in 1948. I would imagine the material for that rig was probably quite light given the climate.
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When I was in Thailand wandering around, I saw in a couple of store fronts what were advertised as 'safari suits' that consisted of a shirt-weight bush jacket and matching trousers. Given the heat and humidity there I would imagine that unless one's office was AC'd to the meat locker level, they'd make a very suitable business attire.

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On another note, I have just received today a grey top hat just like the one above.

Turned out to be by Moss Bros.