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.

    • Brown wool/linen cardigan by Club Monaco
    • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear
    • Leather wingtip boots by Allen Edmonds
    • Blue chambray shirt by Rag&Bone
    • Tan moleskin peacoat by Filippa K
    • “New Standard” Raw denim jeans by APC

    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.

    • Tan suede gloves by Uniqlo
    • Tan suede wingtips by Bass
    • Plaid belted peacoat by Ralph Lauren Polo
    • Indigo denim jeans by JBrand

    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.

    • Grey flannel down peacoat by Hugo Boss
    • Beaver fur scarf handmade myself out of my late grandmother’s old fur coat
    • Brown leather alpine boots by UGG
    • Indigo denim jeans by JBrand
    • Brown woven leather gloves by Hilts and Willard

    Thanks, as always, for reading.

    Yours in style,

    Dan Trepanier


    Photography by Alex Crawford and Wes Dimagiba.

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    • http://undefined william joe pyles

      The pea coat fits all requirements. Casual or with a tie the look is always in and the fit and warmth make a statement of style and function. I love mine! It brings out the sailor in me.

    • http://www.davesnewyork.com/ Elana

      We’re fans of the down puffer pea coat. Usually down coats are huge and puffy, nice to see a more tailored coat. Also the Ralph Lauren plaid coat is certainty out of the ordinary in terms of tradtional mens outwear patterns. Schott NYC makes some great peat coats too. All are made out of quality material and hold that classic navy inspired look.

    • Jaekn

      Not sure about the shoes, but I like the deep wine coat.

    • Twin 1

      Hey looking for that wine colored pea coat in first picture. How long ago did you pick it up?

    • Chris in phoenix

      Solid post Dan. I really like the cotton moleskin coat. Happy new year and best wishes in 2012!

    • http://facebook.com/jeremy.amayun GameRecognizeGame

      SB whats the trick to keep the collars up? Over time my collars have gradually declined and wont pop up like when I first bought it, could it also be when I dry clean my clothes the structural integrity of the collar is compromised? Thanks.

      • exhaze

        Cheaper shirts generally tend to use lower quality interfacing (the stuff inside of the collar to make it stiff). A way to remedy that is good metal collar stays. Also, ask your dry cleaners to use a bit of starch on the collars (not the entire shirt).

        • Anonymous

          thanks exhaze but i was referring to the collars in the peacoats unless thats why you were inferring, however i dont think i can put collar stays in a peacoat.

    • Anonymous

      What brand of shades does he have on in the first two pictures?

    • Anonymous

      What is the brand of the shades in the first and second pictures? I have been seeing them all kinds of tv shows and movies.

    • Will

      Hi SB,
      What are your thoughts on a black peacoat. I have yet to see you wearing one. Any objections to owning a black peacoat? Thank you.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        I like navy more because it works with black or brown (or any other color) leathers – shoes, bags, watchbands, etc.

        Typically I try not to mix black and brown – although it can be done very tastefully.


        • Will

          Thank for your quick response. It’s not the first time I hear about not mixing black/brown. Why is this? Any logical reason that you know of? Thank you.

    • js

      what type of gloves are those?

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB


    • Marcos

      I recently came across your blog and I just wanted to say I really dig your style. It confirms that I’ve been making many of the “right” choices. It also gives me some cool new ideas. I live in San Diego and viewing your pics almost makes me want to live somewhere where it gets cold in the winter! I can maybe wear a heavier coat on only the 10-20 nights per year it gets cold enough here. Anyway, I notice the majority of your jeans/pants are cropped or folded up. I think it looks cool on you. But I’m not sure I can rock it like you do. I tried folding up my slim fit jeans with my old wingtip boots (you’re right about more expensive shoes lasting “forever”!). Anyway, the woman in my life said “nope” when she saw it. She said it didn’t work on me. She’s 23 and very stylish and hip. I’m 45… yeah, yeah, I know; feel free to insert your own joke. For the record, I’m a young 45 and she’s a mature and very intelligent 23 year old. No, really! :-) Anyway, my point is, maybe it’s an age thing? So whataya think? A couple other attractive women friends in my life also said they thought the cropped or folded up thing didn’t work on me. I now have a bit of a complex about it!

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        What I want to say: Your 45 in San Diego dating a 23 year old. You’re winning! Haha. You should have the confidence to wear anything!

        What I should say: A cropped (or rolled) hem looks best on a slim guy with a “youthful” style. If your look/style is more “refined gentlemen” it will be more fitting with a plain hem, perhaps with a light break. Also, if more than a couple ladies have given you the same advice, they might be on to something. If you’re gonna try it anyway, perhaps keep it more subtle/simple.

        Thanks for reading.

        All the best to you,

        • Marcos

          Haha. Thanks for the reply. I do have a fairly youthful style when not working. Not juvenile, but younger than my age. Most people think I’m 30-35 (depending on the lighting. Haha). Nonetheless, I am still 45. No getting around that. So, you’re right; If a hot, stylish girl gives me advice, I should take it. And my girlfriend does love me in slim jeans and boots. And for some reason she gets turned on when I wear a cardigan sweater. Go figure! Thanks again Dan.

          Continued success,


    • Jules

      By the way Mr Trepanier,


      Is hating on you for criss-crossing your laces in the first look – actually he features you quite a lot… strangely though never posts any pictures of what he’s wearing.

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        haha. gotta love your haters, they’re your biggest fans.

        Thx for reading,

        • JHG


          Maybe let the hater in on the fact that the criss-cross laces are a kind nod to the brand of the shoe and their imagery. Then tell him, “Oh yeah, you don’t own any Barkers so you have no way of knowing that. Sorry.”

          Brush ’em off.

          • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

            Ha. They do cross them in all their branding imagery.

            I’ll have to ask Derrick Miller. Perhaps he can touch on the point in an upcoming feature.

            Thanks Jeff,

    • JJ

      The wine peacoat is great, I’ve been looking for something similar for a while. It’s one of my favorite colors to pop into my wardrobe.

    • EvanM

      Nice post Dan! That last look is mean! I guess I need to check out the men’s ugg boots. Those last ones were too fresh.

    • Michelle Z. from In the Stacks.tv

      You have the best style of any guy I’ve seen in a long time.

    • Jake

      That Hugo Boss down coat is awesome. Just picked it up online thanks to the link (hope youre geting commish!)

      Keep up the world class work Dan/SB

    • Jackson

      I would do terrible things for a pair of Barker Black shoes…

      Also love the green leather one – it’s one of these items you see on a rack and think “No way could you ever pull that together in an outfit” but apparently you can.

      • Jackson

        Hey Dan I also wanted to ask:

        Do you have any specific place to shop for socks or do you just stumble upon them in shops or online? I’ve been trying to find a single place to buy interesting socks for ages but to no avail.

        • cam

          smart turnout, jcrew, paul smith, corgi……

    • Ambyr

      That wine colored peacoat is cool, looks great with the black shoes. I really LOVE that plaid and belted look too. The colors and print are very flattering on you. Such a great, bold print.


    • Dan

      Love the different looks Sir, as always right on the money. Not sure if they have been present before but the link to where you can buy the Hugo Boss coat was terrific, many thanks – picked it up and now looking for the Allen Edmonds boots as they are fierce.

      Thanks and all the best in 2012!


    • cam

      Thanks for the post Dan. You need to bring back the ‘Category’ section on the Home Page. I liked being able to go back to the post for refreshers. I know you have the ‘Archives’ but it was much easier to find posts under the ‘Category’ section. Maybe place it on the right side underneath the ‘Recent Reader Comments’?

      • cam

        thanks dan! great addition with the ‘archive’ and ‘category’ update

    • Dani

      Great Post! Cotton Moleskin is a favorite, casually dashing :)I love how the colors are perfectly balanced and create a simple yet handsome look!

      (And are those boots are really by UGG??? Who knew…!)


    • Emanuel Iuhas

      I really like the 3rd one!
      Great post man, as always!
      Happy New Year!

    • Dorian

      THE BOOTS! Who would have thought that UGG’s can be so fabulous.

    • Arron

      That green Hugo boss coat is beyond sick. I had a ? About the navy peacoats, I have one from my grand father back when he was in the navy, same one as u have shown. Is there Anyway a tailor could fit it for me if it’s a little big or is it to difficult and expensive ?

      • http://www.thestyleblogger.com SB

        Thanks for reading Arron.
        Take the coat to your local tailor and ask some questions.


    • TO

      Wine-colored peacoat is wicked. I definitely thought you couldn’t wear a peacoat over a suit, boy was I wrong. Puffer peacoat is sick.

      Funny, when I saw the fur scarf I immediately thought of making one from my late-grandmother’s fur coat hanging in my family closet. I’d think I’d need some help lol. You seem to have the best luck at that Boss location. I try to check it out for bargains whenever I’m in town without much luck usually. Am I missing a secret section there? Haha.

      It’s nice to see UGG breaking their own stereotype.

      Favorite post right now. So much sartorial goodness:)

    • MOZART5000

      Instant classic post. The first and second look were just flawless.

    • Ricardo Javier

      Cotton Moleskin looks kinda chic! I like it. Nice post

    • Keaton

      My favorite has to be the Ralph Lauren plaid pea coat. I have to say that is the coolest and most unique version that I’ve ever seen. I wish there were some less expensive versions that are similar. Does anyone know of any? I especially like the pattern and the fact that it’s belted.

    • Cory

      Nice post. All very nice looks. I really like my Spiewak peacoat (black wool). It’s the warmest coat I own.