The Gentleman’s Trend: Smoking Jackets
Give your wardrobe a classy boost this season
Get a taste of sartorial snazziness with our edit of the best smoking jackets for 2023, ideal for events dressing, dinners out with friends or just looking effortlessly dapper at home.
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What Is A Smoking Jacket?
A smoking jacket is a piece of men’s outerwear crafted from velvet or silk, featuring a shawl collar, turn-up cuffs and either a tie belt or toggle fastening.
As the name suggests, a smoking jacket was originally intended to be worn at home (or in a designated smoking room – see the best places for cigar smoking in London here) while smoking tobacco. Part jacket, part dressing gown, the style was designed to absorb smoke and protect a gentleman’s clothing from falling ash.
Variations of the design today range from more of a classic, dressing gown vibe to a style similar to a tux.
When Should You Wear A Smoking Jacket?
The beauty of a smoking jacket is its interchangeability. While the original 1850s design was an informal, lounge style jacket worn almost exclusively at home, the smoking jacket has also served a long stint in formalwear (it’s suggested that wearing smoking jackets as a dinner jackets was made popular by Edward, Prince of Wales – later King Edward VII – in 1865).
These days, while our smoking habits have somewhat fizzled out, we’re still fond of this historical design.
For formal events: More and more people are opting for a smoking jacket over a tux at formal events – with celebrities on red carpets and at award shows, opera-goers, and wedding guests and groomsmen all taking part in the trend. Pair yours with a crisp shirt, slacks (bonus points if the material and colour matches your jacket) and a pair of oxfords, brogues or loafers for an elevated formal look.
For casual wearing: This doesn’t mean you can’t wear a smoking jacket anywhere else. The casual aesthetic of the smoking jacket makes it a great fit for casual parties, dinners with friends and even lazy (yet sophisticated) days at home. Simply wear with a t-shirt, trousers and slippers (formal or dressy) to create a put-together outfit.
Suave Smoking Jackets for 2023
Featured image: Oliver Brown London
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