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Frock coat and cravat, 1880s. 
From McCord:

The rules dictated that certain styles of clothing were appropriate for  different occasions, activities, degrees of formality and times of day.  Wealthy men, who could afford to differentiate themselves this way,  preserved their social exclusivity by adhering to these rules, which  changed over time. Socially ambitious men, unsure of the rules, could  refer to the many guides to correct dress that claimed to be authorities  on the subject.One English advice manual warned that if a man  “goes to a garden party in a frock-coat and straw hat, he is condemned  more universally than if had committed some crime.”Failure to  abide by the rules exposed social interlopers at a glance. The frock  coat, for example, once considered appropriate anywhere before six in  the evening gradually became formal daytime attire by the 1880s. No  fashionable man, however bold, would dare to attend an evening ball in  his frock coat, even in fashionable grey.

Even though the frock coat has become much more formal, it was still not suitable for evening wear. 

Frock coat and cravat, 1880s. 

From McCord:

The rules dictated that certain styles of clothing were appropriate for different occasions, activities, degrees of formality and times of day. Wealthy men, who could afford to differentiate themselves this way, preserved their social exclusivity by adhering to these rules, which changed over time. Socially ambitious men, unsure of the rules, could refer to the many guides to correct dress that claimed to be authorities on the subject.

One English advice manual warned that if a man “goes to a garden party in a frock-coat and straw hat, he is condemned more universally than if had committed some crime.”

Failure to abide by the rules exposed social interlopers at a glance. The frock coat, for example, once considered appropriate anywhere before six in the evening gradually became formal daytime attire by the 1880s. No fashionable man, however bold, would dare to attend an evening ball in his frock coat, even in fashionable grey.

Even though the frock coat has become much more formal, it was still not suitable for evening wear. 

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