There is but one piece of clothing as emblematic of the Indian freedom struggle as the Gandhi cap and that’s the Nehru jacket. Today, despite carrying the essence of the freedom struggle, it has been incorporated into the wardrobes of dapper Indian men everywhere.
What is it about the Nehru jacket that makes it such a coveted piece despite its political history? When we trace its origins, it’s easy to see how the Nehru jacket was derived from the full-sleeved Indian achkan or sherwani. Infact, the Nehru jacket in its current form was first introduced in 1940’s as Bandh Gale Ka Coat. But it was Nehru’s prominence in the political scene, combined with his charisma that catapulted the jacket into its current superstar status.
The quintessential Nehru jacket has a Mandarin collar, a five button placket and ends at the hip. It’s a formal piece of clothing that still provides a freedom of movement that can’t be achieved with a blazer or suit jacket. Similarly, it gives slimming effect thanks to the construction.
Traditionally, these jackets were produced in neutral and earthy hues like black, white, beige, etc., since they were seen as intrinsic to the diplomat’s wardrobe. However, today it’s become a worthy addition to an Indian man’s ethnic wardrobe. Taking that into consideration, Tailorman creates made to measure Nehru jackets in beiges, ecrus, pastel blue and muted salmon pink.
What’s the rule of thumb while wearing a Nehru jacket?
There are mainly just two rules here: wear it buttoned up and preferably with a slim fit shirt shirt with a mandarin collar. Now, there are those who discard both rules and still manage to pull off a great look. That being said, the unbuttoned Nehru jacket is a risky choice, and a collar shirt can make the jacket’s neckline look bunched up.
How versatile is the Nehru jacket?
The Nehru jacket can be styled in many ways. The most popular one is that of layering it over a kurta and churidar combo. This particular ethnic look is a classic and will stand you in good stead at all formal Indian events.
You can consider accessorising it with a pocket square on the chest pocket. But, even without the frills, it’s a distinguished piece of clothing. The best part is that because of its timeless nature, you can buy one and wear it for years to come.
We suggest you head to a Tailorman store and ask for a made to measure piece for yourself. Owing to the slim fit nature of the garment, a lot comes down to good tailoring and that’s where we excel. Come to our store soon and add a Nehru jacket to your wardrobe today!