parlor-room smoking jacket tradition has been in a coma for a while
now, but nostalgic style aficionados looking for a wild, modern
alternative may have hope with the Reversible Smoking Jacket by
On the conservative side, each of Betabrand’s five styles is a simple, well-tailored jacket. The interior flares occasionally if you leave it unbuttoned, but overall it makes for a fashionable if inconspicuous look. Turn it inside out, however, and the eccentric smoking-jacket wearer within will take center stage as loud, fiery designs change the mood from rocking chair to rock star.
We liked the gray one, whose
corduroy exterior was casual enough for your local cigar bar but had a
reverse side worthy of your late-night club plans. Their newest
release—the “red devil”—would fit perfectly in the halls of a certain
Practically speaking, a reversible smoking jacket isn’t the most useful piece of clothing. Smoking jackets are, after all, designed to absorb smoke and keep it from soaking into whatever it is that you choose to wear beneath it. That’s why they are often made of velvet or corduroy—heavy fabrics that don’t breathe well. Turning the jacket inside out after an hour of smoking is like pressure cooking your body in smoke.
Our advice? Don’t flip the jacket back and forth between one side and the other. If you have a wild side, commit to it. If you prefer to keep the crazier accents subtle, go with the conservative reverse.
this is a stellar look for some parlor-room puffing or a night out with
The look may say eccentric millionaire, but don’t worry: Betabrand has most of these schizophrenic smoking jackets priced at $195. Because its supposed to be a looser-fitting garmet, we also suggest you consider going a size up. Consult the size chart on their website, Betabrand.com, for more information.