Old School Peacoat, New School Fabrics
January 3rd, 2012
You can’t go wrong with a classic peacoat.
They come in all shapes, sizes, fabrics and price points. If the color is subtle and neutral, and the fit is on-point, it doesn’t get much better for an everyday coat.
Here I styled some of the peacoats from my collection, to give you some everyday wardrobe ideas.
1. The OG Naval Issue
I figured we’d start with the original.
Some of the best peacoats were commissioned by the military and issued to the naval academy. They were made from tough and rugged navy blue wool and were built to keep their shape through the toughest conditions.
The best part is, you can usually find a reasonably priced selection at just about any decent vintage store.
Bonus Tip: Whenever buying army or navy gear (and vintage most of the time) keep in mind that you may have to size down to get the fit you are looking for.
Bonus Tip II: Yes, you can wear it over a suit. As long as the coat is longer than the jacket, and it fits comfortably over the shoulders and midsection, it’s fair game.
2. Brushed Khaki Moleskin
Moleskin is tough, rugged and laid-back. A perfect jacket for a low key date, or a casual night out with friends.
Those wicked wingtips boots by Allen Edmonds again, as featured here.
3. Money Green Leather
I’m typically not an impulse shopper, but when I saw this money green leather peacoat at the Hugo Boss outlet in my hometown, I had to scoop it.
It’s a classic peacoat but because of the fabric selection I’ve never seen one similar. It’s also a heavy leather with full wool lining which gives it parka-like warmth.
A dark green is also fairly neutral, it works with many other colors – blues, browns, beiges, burgundys, etc.
Bonus Tip: Don’t overthink the roll of your pant hem – it looks better natural and slightly unkept, especially with jeans.
- Green leather peacoat by Hugo Boss Selection
- Brown poplin shirt
- Fair Isle wool socks by Polo Ralph Lauren
- Oatmeal hand-knit scarf by Yokoo Scarves
- Washed jeans by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic
- Burgundy tassel loafers by Johnston & Murphy
- Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label
- Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc
4. Belted Plaid Fleece
Of course, not every peacoat is for everyday use. Sometimes they can serve as statement outerwear – a great refresher from the routine of navy, grey, brown and black outerwear.
Because the shape is timeless, it’s easier to incorporate details like a bolder plaid fabric, patch pockets and a belted waist.
5. Down-Filled Flannel
Down coats aren’t all big and bulky anymore. This slim-fit, less-puffy down peacoat by Hugo Boss is cut from wool flannel suiting and is the perfect balance between dressy and casual. Available at select Nordstrom locations and online here.
Bonus Tip: An authentic fur scarf has a little edge to it, and makes everything else look a little more refined and elegant. More on that soon.
Bonus Tip II: UGG may or may not have earned a bad rap for those boots that we hate seeing girls wearing. However, these oiled and waterproofed leather alpine boots with Vibrim soles are tough. And their signature full-sheeepskin lining makes them the most comfortable boots in my collection, hands down.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,