jackets like that have been around for a very long time. also summer jackets following that principle in madras and/or seersucker. reflects the same weltanschauung as blue corduroy trousers embroidered with little lobsters.
just on the off chance you may not be kidding, the idea that "rule of thumb" means anything other than "an approximate standard of measurement" is false. a simple google search for the phrase will yield dozens of discussions & investigations, all leading to that conclusion. anyone who says otherwise is the victim of a hoax dating from the 1970s.