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As the inspiration for the original dinner jacket, the smoking jacket remains a popular alternative to the traditional black-tie coat. Although fashioned in many different styles it is always constructed of colored velvet in dark hues usually of green, violet, burgundy or blue. The most authentic types of smoking jacket can be either double-breasted or single-breasted and have frog closures in place of buttons as well as a self-faced shawl collar. Classic variations popular in the 1930s were velvet hybrids that featured standard buttons and had self-faced peaked lapels on the double-breasted models or silk-covered shawl collars and cuffs on the single-breasteds.
More contemporary iterations are simply tuxedo jackets in every detail except for the velvet fabric. English haberdashers often include these designs in the smoking jacket category while North Americans are more likely to refer to them as velvet dinner jackets. The American moniker may better describe the garment's appearance but the British terminology reflects its suitability for informal lounging rather than formal dining. These pseudo dinner jackets are discussed further on in Contemporary Jackets.
VIVA when I first looked it up pictures of the Playboy owner popped up and I worried. I have it in hand. We can rent one for DH and I have a naice frock. I feel like an anthropologist going to see how the other half live. 😜😅😅
Yes, there used to be a sketch on i think tgi Friday with an old bloke in a smoking jacket and I seem to remember it was a Hugh Hefner style silk dressing gown affair. Which I don't think would be suitable!
But what if it is a posh pyjama party! I don't think I've ever heard of this dress code and I think they could have been a bit more helpful. Would it be possible to ring up and ask them (or the butler?)