Here at A Hand Tailored Suit, we like to keep up to date with what is big in the bespoke tailoring and fashion world. Upon our research, one style we have noticed making a popular return is the safari jacket: the perfect smart/casual jacket.
The safari jacket (an example worn by Prince Charles above) was designed for wear in the African bush thanks to its lightweight properties in a hot climate, with its renowned big pockets on the front making it perfect to carry more items. Whilst the intention of wearing a safari jacket was just that, the style has been adapted in the male and female wardrobe to be more versatile over the years. Here's some inspiration on how to style the Safari Jacket.
The safari jacket can be transformed from a casual style into a formal suit. Both styles seen during S/S 2021 Copenhagen Fashion Week are a matching two-piece, yet show different forms of the jacket. The first you see is a long-sleeved cotton drill option tailored fit with a wide contrasting collar (originally designed to help cool down the wearer) and 4 functional pockets: 2 large flapped patch pockets at the bottom and 2 smaller bellows pockets at the top. The 6-button fastening starts close to the neckline with no noticeable lapels.
The second safari jacket in its off-white shade also has matching trousers, but the sleeves are rolled to elbow length, a short sleeve style. The collar is wide along with the shirt underneath with the addition of thin/small notch lapels. Included in the standard 4-pocket design are 2 bellows pockets and 2 slanted welt pockets near the bottom, making this suit look slightly more casual than the previous with a more relaxed fit.
This particular tweed safari jacket, as spotted by a guest attending London Fashion Week 2020, is styled with a half-zip high neck jumper and complimentary dark blue suit trousers: a modern smart/casual look indeed. The collar lays softly on the form and the width is smaller like a traditional smart blazer style. With 4 bellows pockets also on the jacket, this look shows how a jacket typically made for the warmer climate can be adapted to the chillier winter seasons.
This dark blue number worn by a guest to Paris Fashion Week S/S 2020 includes a feature that was typically included in the design of safari jackets: epaulettes on the shoulders. Along with the standard 4 pockets, it has a thin collar and thin notch lapels at the top. The choice of gold buttons elevate this look into a modern smart/casual outfit for the modern gentlemen. Leaving the jacket unfastened shows the curved front line into the hem, and also shows how well a safari jacket looks with a classic white shirt and chinos: a lovely tailored casual outfit.
Minimalism is huge in the wardrobe and this take on the safari jacket would tick all the boxes seen on the catwalk during Milan Fashion Week 2020. The collar is a standard width to meet the top of the pocket. No buttons are seen on the pockets or fastening and the belted waist (another feature commonly seen on safari jackets) cinches the beige jacket in to tailor the oversized look. The shoulders are oversized, elevating the subtlety of this jacket when the safari jacket is naturally subtle in colour.
Here is one of our women's safari jackets at A Hand Tailored Suit. It forms as part of a matching wool short suit with a black roll neck styled underneath. The jacket itself has the standard 4 pockets on the front, with 2 simple patch pockets at the top and flapped pockets underneath the waist. We included the signature belted waist with the addition of a button fastening to secure the fit. Dark brown buttons compliment the lighter shade of cloth perfectly for that easy, versatile jacket.
If you the muted colour palette of the safari jacket isn't for you, consider going bold with a pop of yellow like this option here worn at Paris Fashion Week A/W 19/20. It includes the signature 4-pocket design and belted waist with a standard width notch lapel and collar. The design is even bolder with the striped brown pattern implemented onto the oversized belt, matching the shirt underneath. Worn with wide leg grey trousers, this shows how the safari jacket has evolved from a necessary item to wear on safari to a versatile and stylish piece of tailoring.
Are you loving the details of a safari jacket as we do and want to own one of your own? Get in contact with our talented tailoring team to see how we can make your ideas into reality.