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Nehru Jackets

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Panzeraxe, Mar 26, 2005.

  1. Panzeraxe

    Panzeraxe Senior member

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    Ok, this may very well tar my reputation on this Board forever, but I have to admit that I kinda like the look of Nehru jackets - they seem to offer a very 'streamlined' clean look and most seem to be very well-fitted.

    This also may have something to do with the fact that I actually heard Nehru's famous "Tryst With Destiny" speech earlier this week.

    Flame away...

    Panzer
     


  2. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Visited Indira Gandhi's house in Delhi in January (FYI, she was Nehru's daughter and no relation to Mahatma Gandhi). Interesting family -- the Nehrus (pre-Independence) used to send their dry cleaning to Paris. Despite rises in the standard of living, this is not quite what the average Indian family can yet aspire to.

    So, Panzer, which is it? Do you have a thing for Edwina Mountbatten, or do you want to be a Bond villain?
     


  3. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Good God, man. This isn't 1969 anymore.

    Or whenever it was those things were in fashion. Perhaps you could mate it with one of those hats such as the Pandit wore.
     


  4. hopkins_student

    hopkins_student Senior member

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    You should be ashamed. [​IMG]
     


  5. nupton

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    I like 'em a lot. Heck, I wanna make one.
     


  6. Lydia

    Lydia Senior member

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    1969 must have been a brief moment when men weren't straightjacketed stylistically, or maybe we just accepted the ideas of our Indian brothers.

    The more alternatives to the boring old Western blazer/suit jacket, the better.

    I think it would be cool if you had a very fitted one - maybe with two vents. Perhaps velvet, cord, or maybe a heavier, coarser wool in herringbone or just solid black matte. Have some updated slash-pockets, different from the original Nehru. Use it as a casual outer coat or in place of a blazer. I think with bell bottom jeans or skinny wool trousers and a turtleneck, it would look good.
     


  7. RJman

    RJman Posse Member Dubiously Honored

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    Accessorize with a furry white Persian and an eye patch.

    Face it man, you'd either look like Charles Grey as Blofeld or A. B. Vajpayee.  One was a power-hungry megalomaniacal villain and the other was an actor.



    They were VERY briefly back in 1993-1994 when the collarless shirt was fashionable -- Hermes made one called the "Bombay".  Not that it matters.
     


  8. Panzeraxe

    Panzeraxe Senior member

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    Well - I recently travelled to Delhi and went for a Indian wedding, and most men had on the Indian version of the tuxedo, called the "bandhgala" (sp?) - looked very very sharp.

    After researching this online, I found that most Indian PM's who visit the US and attend state functions (i.e. black tie) typically wear these suits as well - I'll try and post pics.

    Btw, I don't think Vajpayee or even Manmohan Singh wear the Nehru jacket.

    Panzer
     


  9. aarghh

    aarghh Senior member

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    "Bandhgala" literally means closed neck - this term is applied to any of the class of jackets that have a stand up collar. What most people refer to as a Nehru jacket is usually known as a "Prince" coat in India - this is worn formally with trousers and is of the same length as a standard suit jacket. A true Nehru jacket, however, has a long skirt and ends somewhere below the knee; it is usually worn with tight pajamas called "churidars" - somewhat like jodhpurs. Here is an example of Nehru wearing one - [​IMG] A small digression - as a reaction to local industries being suppressed during British rule, patriotic Indians were expected to wear "Swadeshi" - Indian made - clothes. Since India at the time did not have a very developed weaving industry, the quality of the cloth left much to be desired - in particular the drape.
     


  10. Razcule

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    Recently married in New Delhi mahself, and what Mr. Panzeraxe is refering to is also known as a 'Jodhpur.'  Very popular with the western gents who attended my wedding--a nice alternative here to a tux.  It's basically a western tux with the lapels together and up, like a Nehru jacket.  All black, or black trousers with a white jacket.  It does impart a bit of a Soho maitre d' or Bond villain vibe, but who hasn't wanted to have Barbara Bach tied to a chair at one time or another.  Armani marketed what was essentially a Jodhpur some years ago, but for what he must have been asking you could get a closetfull of tailored in India.  Worn with a collarless white shirt.
     


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    RJman,

    It must be '93 in Bulgaria. Last year I was on a little romp in Kosovo and some of our dudes decided to get cheap MTM nehru suits made while on pass in Bulgaria. They would wear them around the base camp.

    Nothing like seeing a shaved head, nehru wearing, M249 totin guardsman on deployment. Brought a smile to my face everytime.
     


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