How to Wear a Peacoat
There are only a few fashion items that truly hold the term “timeless” (and continue to live up to the reputation). Versatile, warm and smart, the peacoat is the perfect coat for the British winter. With the weather being so unpredictable at this time of year, you are going to need a coat that can accompany a day in the office or a night on the tiles and still hold its own.
Gentleman, we give you the peacoat. If you need to be further persuaded that the this type of coat is a timeless classic then look no further. The shoulders of James Dean, Jay – Z, David Beckham or Nick Wooster have all been seen donning this style and blowing us away with their style.
What Is A Peacoat?
Also known as an ‘officers coat’ or ‘reefer jacket’, the men’s peacoat was initially produced for the Navy in order to protect sailors from the harsh conditions out on the ocean. Therefore, the jacket is a thick outerwear piece that is usually constructed of Melton wool and can survive even the toughest of conditions.
Traditionally, it comes as a cropped, double breasted overcoat that features large lapels that can be turned up to protect your neck from the cold with large buttons and slash pockets providing detail to the front of the coat.
Despite being designed for its use in the Navy, the peacoat soon found itself landing on the shore and docking itself firmly on the bay of men’s fashion where it has stayed ever since. Whether you are looking for a new winter coat or just some style advice, it is safe to say that the men’s peacoat will have you covered.
What Colour Peacoat Should I Get?
With an abundance of choice, selecting the best men’s peacoat could be a daunting task. The key here is to shop around for the right fabric. After all, this is the type of coat that if you buy right, will last you for years. Following this is choosing the right colour…
Men’s Black Peacoat
Black is a classic shade in every item of clothing so it’s no surprise that the same rule applies for this jacket.
Look to wear a black peacoat with dark skinny jeans and a khaki green cable knit jumper. Team this with some black chunky boots for a simple military inspired look.
Looking to add a touch more colour? Try combining the black peacoat with coloured chinos, a plain white tee and a pair white trainers for a more contemporary look.
Men’s Grey Peacoat
Opting for a lighter shade like grey can brighten up your outfit without being too adventurous. Similar to black, grey can be matched with almost any outfit and so it is very easy to style thanks to its versatility.
For a sophisticated look, try a light grey peacoat with black skinny jeans and a fitted black shirt to provide some contrast between the layers. Finish the outfit off with black suede Chelsea boots.
Men’s Navy Peacoat
Navy is a subtle but warm colour that can offer a bit of a change to the standard black or grey. A navy peacoat is ideal for effortlessly casual outfits, just sport yours with a pair of light wash jeans and a casual shirt or tee.
Men’s Camel Peacoat
The camel peacoat is a neutral classic and is sure to add a touch of sophistication to any look. The warm tone will brighten up a smart suit during the week and its versatility means it will look just as good over a casual weekend outfit.
You can easily team this colour with khaki, blacks and denim. Try experimenting around with the colours for the best results.
Men’s Double Breasted Peacoat
In men’s fashion, peacoats can come in a variety of different styles, however the most common and popular is the double-breasted peacoat.
This style coat can be worn both buttoned and unbuttoned and still holds a lot of style. If you opt to wear the coat buttoned-up, you will find your outfit looks a lot smarter.
However, you can keep your coat open and leave a lot more of your outfit on display and show off some contrasting layers between your clothes.
How Should A Peacoat Fit?
A peacoat is an extremely versatile coat and can be worn in a number of ways. Traditionally, being used in the Navy it allowed sailors a lot of free movement and this is still the case today.
Men’s Slim Fit Peacoat
This item of clothing is traditionally close fitting and tailored so that it hugs your figure.
Make sure you buy the correct fit as otherwise this jacket will not be very forgiving. The bottom of the jacket should sit just above the hips and flair out slightly to allow you to move.
Choose to wear the lowest button undone for extra movement and a casual look.
Men’s Long Peacoat
The peacoat has seen some variations in style since hitting the men’s fashion world and the long peacoat is one of the modifications.
If you opt for a long peacoat you may want to utilise this with your corporate wear to add a new dimension to your daily suit.
How to Wear a Peacoat
- Quality is key – a good quality peacoat will prove its worth by lasting for years.
- Fit is also key – the wrong size or shape can look unflattering.
- Peacoats are versatile – experiment with different garments for the best results.
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