Smoking Hot Accessory: The Smoking Jacket
With the mere mention of the words “smoking jacket” one could have many types of images instantaneously pop into their minds. Perhaps it’s the one of Hugh Hefner walking around in his bright red velvet jacket, bunnies in hand and enjoying the good life. Maybe it’s the image of an overly stuffy gentleman sitting in a wingback chair reading his financial themed newspaper while sipping on whiskey. Either way these are all images of the past, the smoking jacket is alive and well in the modern cigar/pipe smoker and it’s a smoking accessories you should consider adding into your collection.
Historically the smoking jacket stems form a time when men were thought of as “true gentleman” when smoking for leisure. Women of the time had to be protected from the rancid smell of smoke because their nostrils were thought to be “too sensitive”. This means that normal, everyday attire, couldn’t suffer the effect of the smoke smell lingering around. Men also went as far as putting on caps to protect their hair and using smoking slippers to keep their shoes just as clean (and for comfort I would imagine). More importantly the jacket would protect their coats, shirts and pants from falling ashes and embers – something even the modern smoker would like to do today.
So now it’s time for you to decide what kind of smoking jacket you will to your wardrobe.
The first type of jacket is known as the formal classic smoking jacket. These are generally cut longer than any type of regular jacket or coat you will have in your wardrobe. It is known to sit just past the waist, made of a rich colored velvet (or silk) material, have a shawl collar and turn-up cuffs. It would fasten with multiple buttons that keep the double breasted cut securely fashioned and extremely formal.
Much like the formal classic smoking jacket mentioned above there is also the “informal” smoking jacket. Visually, these are best described as a robe. It would be loosely cut and sashed, had front pockets and was secured by tassel. These are the type of smoking jackets that are worn around the house because they are too informal to take into the public.
These two types of smoking jackets are now very rare and difficult to come by. This means that if you are able to locate one at a vintage store you will certainly be paying a high priced tag. While they will look great and be comfortable you will also get a lot of snickering and comments because it will truly stand out and it isn’t anything that will go with your real wardrobe.
Your best bet for a smoking jacket is the modern smoking jacket. The modern smoking jacket is a stylish piece that can be worn in any smoking lounge, out in public and works with any style of clothing (jeans, chinos, slacks, wingtips, loafers, etc). It is possible to locate your new jacket at a local department store that has a suit/blazer section. As any blazer you purchase today you have the option of many sizes, cuts and materials. This includes giving you the ability to give a slight nod to the golden era by getting your blazer in a velvet material. Another advantage of these jackets is that they can be sized properly. Spending just 30 minutes with a professional will ensure you get the best possible smoking jacket that will make you feel extremely comfortable and confident.
You final option for a smoking jacket lands somewhere between the classic and modern – it’s known as vintage. You can scoop these up if you’re extremely lucky at a thrift store or for best results just do a search on eBay. When going vintage you’ll want to look for a tweed jacket. These also look very well with your entire modern wardrobe but add a bit of classical nostalgia.
Whatever route you choose to go with wearing a jacket will surly protect you from the accidental drops of an ash, burn of an ember and give you a couple of style points in the process.