4 Steps to Wearing a Pea Coat

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Pea Coat

A garment rooted in naval heritage, the pea coat is a fine choice for those looking for a classic outerwear piece this winter.Although it’s available in a range of colours and styles, we’d recommend going traditional, with a six-button closure, wide lapels and a mid-cropped cut, which finishes at the top of your thigh.

Follow these steps and you’ll find yourself wearing the perfect fitting pea-coat in no time:

1. Layering

A pea coat is an outer layer, so always treat it as such. The only elements that should ever feature over a pea coat are accessories, and even these can be obtrusive at times. Try tucking any extras, such as scarves, beneath the jacket to maintain the clean line.

2. Length

Your peacoat should ‘hit’ at the bottom of the hips and, ideally, caress your rear. The only real exception to this is the naval jacket, which should end slightly lower. If your pea coat is too long, the figure-defining shape will be lost – too short and you’ll appear as if you’ve gained forty pound over night!

3. Buttoning

There are two important factors when it comes to peacoats and buttons. Firstly, it’s important you keep the jacket sealed if you want that iconic look: remember, these jackets were traditionally worn on the high-seas not the high-street; they’re built to be buttoned.

Secondly, the buttons are the secret to a great shape. The rows should be spaced evenly down the length of the torso and trunk. This creates the classic cinching effect that looks so good on thinner men; larger, rotund men will have a problem creating this corseted look, so should avoid the peacoat all-together – there are plenty of three-quarter length jackets that’ll suit you much better!

4. Sizing

A baggy peacoat is a whale – blanket – in other words, wearing an incorrectly sized peacoat will make you seem ten times larger than you actually are! You want the smallest size you can possibly get away with. Always try on the jacket in-store – you may find a ‘small’ fits much better on your ‘medium’ frame or vice versa.

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