Mr Harris, Fascinating post about the Nehru jacket. Amazing what Ebay can turn up. I have had a thing about lapel-less jackets ever since I was a teenager, and discovered a Mao-esque linen jacket at Kenzo that I wore till it died. Then I discovered Austrian "Bayerische trag" jackets. I got married in a jacket from Issey Miyake jacket that was Nehru-like, with an extra white collar that buttoned in. Now my favourite evening wear is a dark blue jacket with Mandarin collar from Shanghai Tang. I think that the Nehru jacket, in a solid dark colour, is an excellent option for evening wear, although not if black tie is specified. But if you want a look that is smarter than a suit, while not going all the way to black tie or tails, then thisis a nice compromise, I believe. I think it is important that it fits well, and you have to find the right collarless shirt to go under it (I like Shanghai Tang's) but it works well for me. I am very tempted by this coat, but I already have more than I need.