Nehru jacket have made a huge comeback in menswear. They’re not as formal and cumbersome as blazers and formal suits, but they’re slightly dressier than regular jackets. The Nehru jacket is a hip-length tailored coat for men or women, with a mandarin collar (popularly known as Chinese collar), and with its front modeled on the Indian achkan or sherwani, a garment worn by Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964. The garment is named after him. However, in modern day world it is popular in a different version, a desi vest-coat in various unconventional colors (chrome yellow, pink and sky blue) is known as Modi Jacket, named after Narendra Modi.
What is a Nehru Jacket?
Nehru jacket is known for its simplicity. A hip-length jacket is single breasted with 5- 6 buttons in front and a mandarin collar. It is well fitted and has one breast pocket and two stomach pockets outside and two pockets inside. It also has a slit or two on the back side.
The History of Nehru Jacket
The Nehru jacket’s history can be traced back to the Mughal years when the garment belonged to the rich, powerful and elite class of the society. In it’s medieval version, it became a formal wear in the form of – sherwani, achkan, the bandhgala and finally the bandi. It was mainly popular amongst the north Indian males. The apparel was created in India in the 1940s as ‘Band Gale Ka Coat’ (English: “Closed Neck Coat”) and has been popular on the Indian subcontinent ever since, especially as the top half of a suit worn on formal occasions.
Nehru jackets have been a popular garment in Indian subcontinent but it was in 1960s that Nehru Jackets started gaining popularity in the European and American market. Due to its ‘Gentleman’ appeal, Monkees and Beatles even worn this garment and made it even more famous. It has been termed as the Gentleman’s Gazette because of its manly appeal.
Traditional Nehru Jacket Vs Modern Day Nehru Jacket
The basic difference between the modern day Nehru jacket and the traditional Nehru jacket is sleeves. The modern day Nehru Jackets/Modi jackets (as they are now popularly called as) are sleevless whereas the traditional form was full-sleeves. Nehru jackets are very popular mens wear especially for the formal occasions because of its rich and classy appeal.
How to Wear a Nehru Jacket?
Nehru jacket is usually worn with trousers for a formal dressing. Though with time many transformations have taken place in the styles. Here are two most preferred styles to carry a Nehru jacket.
Full Sleeves Nehru Jacket
If you want to dress for a wedding or a formal dinner, then a nicely fitted Nehru jacket in full sleeves with smart trousers works as a great combination. You can wear formal shoes with it and grab the attention of the crowd with simple dressing.
Sleeveless Nehru Jacket
This style is very common these day, but looks very fantastic. News anchors, to cricketers to politicians to, TV hosts, I mean you can see them everyday dressed up in Nehru Jacket paired up with either Kurta Payjama or shirt & trousers. If you want to dress up for a small get-together or you want to dress up for a festival then teaming up a sleeveless Nehru jacket with smart cotton, silk, or linen kurta pajama is a great choice of clothing. You can wear smart pair of jutis or sandals with it. You can even wear sleeveless Nehru jacket with trousers to give your look a complete new look. It’s called the Indo-western style.
Sadly, men have fewer options than women when it comes to clothing. But this shouldn’t keep you away from being stylish. Throw in a Nehru jacket on practically anything, a kurta-pajama, team it up with a nice printed or plain full-sleeves shirt and a nice looking pair of trousers. You can even pair it up with denims and loafers for a casual look and you are good to go.
Have nothing to wear on your friend’s wedding? Diwali party in your office? Date with a girl? Nehru jacket is your answer. Nehru jacket is a must-have piece in every guy’s closet. You can stylize it the way you want and dress up differently for any kind of event or an ocassion.