May 25 2023 – Matt Beddows
The roots of safari suits can be traced back to the early 20th century, a time when European explorers and adventurers were venturing into the depths of Africa's untamed landscapes. The need for practical clothing that could withstand the rigors of the wilderness led to the creation of the first safari suits. These suits were specifically designed to provide comfort, functionality, and protection in harsh environments, while still maintaining a touch of sophistication. The term "safari suit" itself is believed to have originated in the late 19th century, deriving from the Swahili word "safari," meaning journey or expedition.
There are a number of different design options depending on on the final look that you are going for. Ever since Saint Laurent brought the safari suit/jacket into the mainstream designers have been putting their own spin on it by playing with pocket styles and adding belts. Traditionally tailored from a light coloured cotton or linen, this season darker browns and greens have been increasingly popular. The jacket is normally unlined for maximum breathability, but it can be half lined if you wish.
The safari jacket is a design classic, whether you’re in the real thing or one of fashion’s many interpretations, and it may just be the only jacket you need for the balmier months.