It stands to reason that the sartorially splendid Adolphe Menjou would star in a picture called Evening Clothes. At the beginning of the film, however,Menjou is crude, shabbily dressed French farmer Lucien D'Artois. Attracted by his wealth, avaricious Germaine (Virginia Valli) marries D'Artois, then leaves him for a more sophisticated man. D'Artois retaliates by moving to the city and learning the proper social graces. His new life style proves to be too expensive for him, and at the end he is left with nothing but one suit of evening clothes and his now contrite wife. The legendary Louise Brooks, sporting curls rather than her trademarked Dutch-bob hairstyle, has a lively secondary role as a Parisian flapper named Fox Trot.
by Hal Erickson synopsis