Why a classic pea coat is every man’s autumn must-have

04 Sep 2023 | |By Luxury London

Get prepped for winter weather with these warming (and dapper) pea coats

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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.

Want to get in on the action? These are the best men’s pea coats to invest in before the colder months arrive…

Burberry wool blend pea coat

Crafted from an Italian-woven wool blend, Burberry’s pea coat is a classic. Tailored for a snug fit and available in both black and navy blue, it features buffalo horn buttons and a flash of the brand’s signature check on the undercollar.

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Mackintosh grey pea coat

Having been in the business of luxury outerwear for nearly 200 years, Mackintosh certainly knows its stuff, as proven by this dapper coat. It’s crafted in Glasgow from a soft wool-cashmere blend and features wide notch lapels, structured shoulders and an elongated, boxy silhouette.

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Thom Browne shearling pea coat

Thom Browne’s stand-out version comes with the brand’s signature four-bar stripes on the sleeve. Cut from soft navy shearling, it comes with anchor-embossed gold-tone buttons and button cuffs trimmed with Thom Browne’s unmistakable tricolour stripe. Cosy and timeless, this double-breasted coat will work great whether worn over a hoodie and jeans, or with your smartest workwear.

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Marni checked pea coat

With a bright black and green check pattern, Marni’s wool coat makes for a contemporary twist on the classic style. In keeping with Marni’s penchant for flamboyant design, it features contrasting blue panels under the notched lapels. A show-stealing piece, wear over denim to instantly elevate your casual outfits.

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Polo Ralph Lauren navy pea coat

Polo Ralph Lauren looked to the traditional silhouette of the British Navy’s pea coats when designing its take on the style. Complete with wide lapels and buttoned epaulettes, the double-breasted coat is crafted from a navy wool-blend and cut for a relaxed, straight fit.

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Off-White wool blend pea coat

Opt for comfort with Off-White’s relaxed take on the timeless coat. Cut from a soft wool-blend for a boxy silhouette, it features buttoned cuffs and the brand’s embroidered Arrows motif. Pair the relaxed coat with a hoodie and denim for ultimate cool points.

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