Cigar smoking is not merely about purchasing the cigar itself but it also has a lot to do with acquiring the right accessories. There are countless accessories that you can purchase for cigar smoking â€“ some of them necessary, while others are for the â€œbling factor.â€ One accessory that can fall under both categories â€“ necessary and bling â€“ is the smoking jacket.
Truth be told, smoking jackets are quite rare these days, making them quite costly. However, they do serve a purpose. Smoking jackets are basically overcoats that are worn when one smokes a cigar. Their purpose is to protect the personâ€™s clothing from the smoke, smell, and ashes associated with smoking cigars.
Smoking jackets were very popular during the Victorian times. They arose from the necessity of avoiding offense to the ladiesâ€™ sensibilities. Smoking jackets then varied in style but were usually made of velvet or silk and waist-length. They had turned up collars and toggle fastenings. The colors of smoking jackets were rich and vibrant – usually burgundy and bottle green.
Today, smoking jackets are used that much. Indeed, I donâ€™t think that I personally know anyone who regularly uses a smoke jacket. Perhaps the times have changed and the smell of smoke is not that offensive to others. However, one can still acquire a smoking jacket â€“ if only for a fashion statement. Your best bet would be to frequent vintage clothing stores or have one especially made.
Originally posted on May 18, 2008 @ 6:10 pm