Men and fashion are two distant words that simply cannot be clubbed together. This was a common thought a decade ago; passing days have shown that the metrosexual men are well-groomed, dressed properly and can even talk about the latest style and fashion. A new fashion trend that has been talk of the town is the very graceful and versatile Jawahar coat or Nehru jacket named after the dignified first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru. But, before you indulge in buying a Jawahar coat, let’s take a quick look at the types and how it can create a fresh fashion statement for every occasion.
This single piece of clothing is so versatile that you can wear it in a wedding, team it up with jeans for casual brunch or even wear it over your dhoti to bring out your traditional best for a pooja. They can be easily combined with a tweed pants, jodhpurs, chinos and pyjamas. The sleeveless Jawahar coat is the original trendsetter; it is classic and remains unmatched. If you are looking for intelligent ways to hide your rising paunch, you can always opt for a double-breasted Jawahar coat which makes you look slimmer. The slim-fit Nehru jacket is for the younger men who are always looking for means of combining style with tradition. Opting for stripes and checks in Jawahar coat will definitely create a good impression on the onlooker. Choose a velvet Jawahar coat for formal occasions such as weddings.
The Bollywood crowd starting from Senior Bachchan to the dashing and debonair Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh has popularized the full-sleeved Nehru jacket. It looks suave and can be worn with jodhpurs, trousers or chinos. Depending on the occasion, you can always choose something less formal like jeans to pair it with the full-sleeved version. The lightweight linen jacket is quite a crowd-puller as well.
Khadi or the hand-spun cotton used to make Jawahar coats make this jacket light and breathable, perfect for Indian summers. However, a slightly different Western version is also available which is made with cashmere or merino wool. It is said that the Jawahar coat is a worthy descendant of the North-Indian achkan which is a closed-neck court dress worn by Indian royalty. The boxy shape, straight cut and the square shoulders can still be seen in the modern variations of this clothing. And it very much remains a man’s garment, as the unflattering shape is hardly a temptation for women. Most Indian politicians treat this as a formal piece of clothing and they would sport a buttoned look right up to the collar. An only exception in this male bastion would be former policewoman Kiran Bedi who had worn the Jawahar coat with élan.