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HELP - what is "open smoking jacket"

(17 Posts)
Harriedharriet Fri 27-Oct-17 21:09:02

Posh country house weekend. Dress code for dinner on Saturday night is "open smoking jacket".

Need clothes for next Friday.

Anyone? I need to go out now but should be back in a few hours. Pictures really appreciated. For DH as well btw!

Many thanks.

Youcanttaketheskyfromme Fri 27-Oct-17 21:09:57

Never heard of it. Clearly I must be very common.

Harriedharriet Fri 27-Oct-17 21:10:21


beepbeep Fri 27-Oct-17 21:12:17

I think it means wear a smoking jacket (i.e. not as posh as tux) and open (not buttoned) so slightly more casual?? But still posh!!!

This might help

Harriedharriet Fri 27-Oct-17 21:12:32

Me too YOU!😜

Maybe I got it wrong. That would be great! Make life easier....

Youcanttaketheskyfromme Fri 27-Oct-17 21:16:15


AdoraBell Fri 27-Oct-17 21:17:46

I’m also common 😁 and nosey, so I also want to know. Hope you find something suitable and have a great time.

SweetChickadee Fri 27-Oct-17 21:18:17

I think I would err on the side of caution and get DH a smoking jacket grin.

Harriedharriet Fri 27-Oct-17 21:20:09

Thank you Beep. I look on DeBretts and now have an idea of what is required.

As you were.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 27-Oct-17 21:23:30

I think when it's in a dress code it doesn't mean that sort of smoking jacket. I think it's still formal/dark suit, but no tux.

BulletFox Fri 27-Oct-17 21:24:59

That is utterly bonkers. Are you sure it's not just for your DH?

Oddly enough I was given a YSL tux jacket years ago but I never wear it as the shoulders are like an airplane landing strip. It's stuffed in a cupboard somewhere, I never know what to do with it.

A Spanish friend once told me always get things which fit in the shoulders/hips as everything else can be altered but not those things

Sounds like a tailored jacket would be ok

VivaLeBeaver Fri 27-Oct-17 21:33:35

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.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 27-Oct-17 21:34:11

So don't let him turn up in a silk dressing gown style smoking jacket!

Laquila Fri 27-Oct-17 23:17:29

Following for sheer nosiness

Harriedharriet Sat 28-Oct-17 02:20:24

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. 😜😅😅

VivaLeBeaver Sat 28-Oct-17 08:10:57

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! grin

Have fun.

midlifecrash Sat 28-Oct-17 08:29:56

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?)

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