“Eye-catching,” “head-turning,” and even “drool-inducing” are terms usually reserved for women’s fashion, and the women who wear them. Enter: the souvenir jacket. This elegant bad boy staple of menswear turns the tables. And here at SG HQ, we’re into it.
Born in 1950’s Japan, and brought to a mass audience’s attention by Ryan Gosling in Drive, the souvenir jacket is identifiable by its shiny satin fabric and heavily embroidered designs depicting traditional Eastern and Western motifs, like cherry blossoms besides bald eagles. Get ready to take your look from 0 to 60 in as long as it takes to pull it on.
THE SOUVENIR JACKET: Ralph Lauren, $495*
*Don’t worry. We added some less expensive options at the bottom, too
cologne: Penhaligon’s, $92
SG Says: Stash the jacket in your bag and swap it in as you leave the office for after work drinks.
SG Says: Neatly cuff your white jeans (more ways to wear those here) to show off your espadrilles.
SG Says: Make sure to pair your sneakers with no-show socks to flash a clean look at your ankle.
SG Says: Travel in style with comfy separates and the coolest topper. Add sunnies for celeb status.
SG Says: It’s easy to wear a souvenir jacket into the weekend. Just add shorts and a colorblocked tee…okay, and yes, espadrilles (have you snagged a pair for summer yet?!)
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