hining the spotlight on an essential building block of men’s fashion, today we pay tribute to one of the most stylish leaders our country has seen – Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. When the country was busy building itself into a new democracy, who could have guessed that his high neck jackets layered over simple cotton kurtas, with the ubiquitous rose pinned carefully on the placket, would create an impact on generations to come.
The sleeveless bandhgala jacket came to be known as the “Nehru jacket” and became synonymous with effortless semi-formal style. The jacket that became a rage during the 60s Mod movement has been rediscovered by Bollywood hunks in recent times. It is a great alternative to the blazer, for those who want to change it up and embrace the desi chic style.
Whether asserting Saif Ali Khan’s royal quotient, or making Rahul Bose look oh-so- dapper and Dhanush endearingly charming, this magical piece is a must have for men, especially during this season of changing weather.
Is your kurta too flimsy? Layer up with a Nehru jacket. Want to dress up a shirt in a different way? Add the instant formal-izer! We strongly recommend pairing a lightweight Nehru jacket with a loud, quirky print t-shirt for a fun, day time event like a brunch with friends or a quick visit to your relatives. Or add it to your office wardrobe to add some character to your look.
This is where Indian men get an edge over the rest of the world!
Expertspeak: Known for his sharp tailoring and structured silhouettes, designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed says, “The Nehru jacket originally used to be worn at weddings, but today, it is worn during day functions also as it is a much lighter option than a bandhgala jacket. It is formal and functional. Indian men like to wear it with kurtas to add colour. Since it is worn for formal and semi-formal occasions, when you wear it with jeans, wear a pair of good leather shoes to go with it.”