Smoking jackets used to be de rigeur if you wanted to look cool. Sinatra had one. So did Dino. And Hef was never seen without his. These days the only people you see wearing them out is sad, old, lounge crawlers, or twenty year-olds trying too hard to be ironic. Hef even switched over to silk pajamas. (Though in his case it may have more to do with spending so much time in bed). Too bad. Guys could use a little extra style once in a while.
Recently, I found a great, updated take on the classic in the Cordarounds Reversible Smoking Jacket. Cordarounds is the San Francisco company that dared to ask the question: how come corduroys are always running vertical?, and then created pants with the fabric running horizontal.
They expanded the line into jackets, and designed the first run with silk brocade fabric as a cool looking liner, nothing else. The founder of the company turned the coat inside out, tried it on, and the Reversible Smoking Jacket was born.
Now the jacket has pockets on both sides, and a signature skull button fastens it when in smoking jacket mode. According to Cordarounds, most guys wear it in regular jacket mode 90% of the time, but love the option of becoming the center of attention at whatever party or bar they are at.
Frank did it his way. Now it’s your turn.