A Nehru jacket is a style of formal suit coat that is most easily recognized by its mandarin collar, tailored fit and single row of buttons. The Nehru jacket is in essence a simplified version of the Mao suit, though lacks the distinctive pockets that make the Mao suit so recognizable. Unlike Mao suits, however, it is not a gender classified clothing option as both men and women wear the Nehru jacket.
The jacket was first created in India sometime in the 1940s. To this day the Nehru jacket is a popular clothing choice throughout all of India. Nehru jackets briefly came into vogue in Western countries during the 60s and 70s. This was due to a number of celebrities such as the Beatles taking up the style as well as the popular mod and minimalist movements that celebrated clean lines and lack of ornamentation.