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Guide to Nehru Jackets and Nehru Jacket Wedding Hire

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Nehru Jackets (sometimes referred to as Nouveau Jackets or spelt without the 'h' - Neru) are a relative newcomer to the morning wear collection.


First seen on the UK shores in the early part of the last Century, Nehru Jackets were introduced by an Indian statesman by the name of Shri Jawaharlal Nehru (hence the name). Further popularised by the Beatles in their heyday, Nehru Jackets have a modern, yet sophisticated look and are growing in popularity with 21st Century Grooms.



What Do Nehru Jackets Look Like?


Nehru jackets looks similar in appearence to a Prince Edward jacket apart from one stand-out aspect, the collar.


A three quarter length jacket whose bottom will finish mid-way between the hip and knee, Nehru jackets are available in both a single breasted, five buttoned version where the buttons can be, and often are, fastened and a rarer double breasted version typically featuting ten buttons (five on each side) although no buttonholes.


The jacket is characterised by its short (about one or two inch) stand-up round collar and no lapels. Where a Prince Edward's top button sits around chest height, the Nehru jacket's is at the neck.


Available in a number of colours and patterns, Nehru jackets areít the easiest to locate and they are not stocked in every menís formal hire outlet, but some will say that this adds to itís appeal.



Essential Nehru Jacket Extras


Waistcoats are a popular Nehru jacket extra, but they are entirely optional and all will depend on how the jacket is to be worn.


For those who plan to wear the jacket buttoned, a waistcoat is not be needed, but if it is to be left unbuttoned it is very much down to personal choice and style preference as to whether you incorporate one.


A winged collar shirt looks good, but another option is to plump for the Nehru shirt - with exactly the same style of collar as the Nehru jacket, it looks superb and is ideal for evening weddings, although it is just as home during the day.


Trousers can be striped or single-coloured, and with regards the neckpiece, a European tie looks particularly effective if you are heading down the winged collar shirt route, or sport no neckpiece at all if you are wearing a Nehru shirt (this look is sometimes referred to as Evening Nouveau).



Nehru Jacket Accessories


Canes look the part with Nehru jackets and can be hired from most men's outfitters across the UK. For those Grooms, Best Men and Ushers sporting a European tie, a tie pin is must. If you plan to go for a Nehru shirt, an ornate button cover for the top button looks particularly smart.



How Much Do Nehru Jackets Cost?


Nehru jackets are comparable to most other types of men's formal wear when it comes to hire charges, despite their scarcity. Expect to pay around £40 to £100 for each outfit - though this will largely depend on what is to be included in the package so be sure to check at time of booking.


Due to the modern look of the Nehru jacket, some may want to consider purchasing the suits outright  - if this is case, expect to pay around £100 upwards depending upon the quality of the materials used.



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