A study in velvet

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when velvet jackets returned to the mainstream of men’s fashion, but they have and the velvet season will soon be upon us.

At first their popularity seems hard to fathom, redolent, as they are, of a bygone era when men regularly put on dinner jackets for supper, but look further and their relevance becomes apparent. This is a soft and tactile item, considered as loungewear when that phrase brought to mind a smoking jacket rather than a tracksuit.

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While there’s a plethora of ready-to-wear options available it seems best to keep things relatively simple, and thus contemporary – principally by avoiding the frogging that decorates (and ages) so many smoking jackets. The jacket in the photograph is by Soho tailor Chris Kerr, and I can only applaud the details specified by Kerr’s client, namely a shawl collar, turn back cuffs and a superb shade of blue. www.chriskerr.com