Why You Should Own a Smoking Jacket (and the Best Ones to Buy)

Lavish, brash, and wonderfully indulgent, the smoking jacket is hands down one of our favorite accessories. Often associated with a certain class of debonair jaunty (think: monocles, mustaches, and glasses of port), it rose to popularity in the late 1800s as an overgarment for tobacco fans who wanted to protect their suits from the substance’s potent aroma.

While languid sessions of pipe smoking may have fallen out of fashion, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t invest in a smoking jacket all your own! Sure, it might not be the most practical investment, but there’s no denying it’s an incredibly luxurious one. Plus, it could make for an excellent conversation starter at your next party.

To get you started, check out some of our favorites below.

Ascentix Velour Smoking Jacket – $110
Ascentix Velour Smoking Jacket

Crafted with super soft velour, this smoking jacket from Ascentix is about as classic as they come. While the plush, woven exterior is enough to drive cozy aficionados bonkers, this comfort is further accentuated by a smooth, silk lining. Pair this bad boy with an inch of whiskey, your favorite leather recliner, and a roaring indoor fire for the ideal night in.

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Marijuana Print Smoking Jacket – $497
Marijuana Print Smoking Jacket

Though smoking jackets were originally dreamed up for bougie stogie smokers and various other gents of leisure, the rise of marijuana legalization may soon usher in a new sort of clientele. If you’ve got a penchant for the green stuff (and are lucky enough to live in a state and/or country where it’s legal!), you might just want to celebrate with this luxurious accessory.

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Wine Velvet Smoking Jacket – $497
Wine Velvet Smoking Jacket

For something more sumptuous, consider this all-velvet option. Dapper, dandy-ish, and wildly comfortable, this jacket begs to be worn, and often. In fact, we’re not sure you’d ever want to take it off once you slipped into its roomy sleeves and nestled into its deep pockets. But that’s alright — pop open a bottle of Malbec, kick back, and luxuriate for as long as you’d like.

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The Horatio Jacket from Duke and Digham – $300
The Horatio Jacket from Duke and Digham

If velvet’s not your style, check out this fantastic wool jacket from Duke and Digham. We love the satin piping detail here, which gives the black fabric a crisp finish. Upturned cuffs and a shawl collar evoke a classic vibe, making this an excellent choice for those vintage lovers in the bunch.

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Lava-Lizard Smoking Jacket – $153
best mens smoking jackets lava lizard jacket side by reversible

And for something you can take out of your study and into the real world, snag this reversible jacket from Betabrand. Featuring a silk paisley design (composed of lizards, obviously) on one side and a refined black velvet on the other, this bad boy is as appropriate for lounging around the house as it is for tearing it up on the dance floor.

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Recently, the smoking jacket owned by Playboy founder and publisher, Hugh Hefner, sold at auction for over $12,000. Check it out here.

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