If there’s one garment that signals to the world that a man is both stylish and of comfortable means, it’s the pea coat. A good pea coat has the power to immediately elevate your outfit, adding a touch of timelessness and intrigue that few other styles offer.
What is a pea coat?
Much like the trench coat and bomber jacket, the pea coat’s roots lie in military uniform. Originally worn by British and European naval officers as far back as the 16th century, it is commonly crafted from a weighty wool blend – ideal for keeping out the elements while away at sea – with wide lapels, a double-breasted, button-down front and deep pockets. Cut to the hip, it features a two-part back with a single vent and a warming ulster collar, which can be worn up or down to protect from wind chill, and is usually rendered in black, grey or navy blue.
As with the pea coat’s military siblings, the style has transcended centuries of tradition to become one of the most popular contemporary outerwear choices for the modern man. Case in point: as soon as the temperature drops in the capital, the pea coats come out in force. Don’t believe me? Take a stroll through the City this winter and you won’t be able to move for them. Warming, dapper and versatile, the pea coat has become a staple of modern menswear.
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