With the festive party season kicking off, we turn our attentions to the smoking jacket. It makes quite the sartorial statement and really comes into its own at this time of year. If you're entertaining at home over Christmas or hosting a party, we'd highly recommend this classic velvet jacket for adding a dash of decadence. While the smoking jacket's popularity changes with the fashions, its timeless allure means many discerning gents will always have a soft spot for it, regardless. And although the smoking jacket we know and love today has its origins in the oriental dressing gowns of the 17th-Century, and over the years has evolved into a shorter, smarter style that escapes the confines of loungewear. Think Fred Astaire on the dancefloor, or the rat pack on stage - these icons of the 20th-Century certainly knew how to dress. Fashioned from wonderfully soft velvet made from cotton milled in Yorkshire, the Oliver Brown smoking jacket has a canvassed construction and is cut from the single-breasted block for a classic fit. So, as ever, if you wear a particular size in any Oliver Brown jacket, you can be sure you'll fit another style in the same size. It's not just the high quality velvet that separates our smoking jacket from the rest; it's all in the detail, with hand-crafted frogging around the buttons and the cuffs, velvet-covered buttons, a shawl collar and matching coloured lining. The frogging detail in particular is a striking feature, and you can read all about it here in a past blog post, Kristian's Knowledge: What is frogging? So will you be sporting the smoking jacket this season? Take a look at our full eveningwear collection for some inspiration.