The pea coat – or reefer coat – has kept men looking sharp for well over 200 years. Made from 100% wool, the coat features a double-breasted design with modern coats sporting 6 buttons – rather than the vintage 8 – and a large collar to keep the gentleman wearer both warm and looking elegant. With winter literally on our doorstep, this coat is a must for any gentleman as it will add extra warmth whilst adding a touch of class to your look.
Because the pea coat is double-breasted, fit is of key importance. The problem with double-breasted garments is that they tend to add some bulk around the midsection so when it comes to finding the correct fit, there are a few things you want to look out for.
1. HIGH ARM HOLES
This will make sure that the pea coat doesn’t move around on you when you shift your arms.
2. TRIM THROUGH THE ARMS & TORSO
This is a tough one as you will inevitably find a coat which will fit you well through the chest and shoulders but balloons out around your waist. Your best bet is to visit your local tailor to get that sorted.
The coat should sit slightly below your hips.
4. CLASSIC DESIGN
Classic design will never go out of style so why look for anything different?
The classic pea coat comes in black. Think The Boondock Saints. It’s a pretty cool look but why not try something different? I’m pretty sure we all have too much black in our cupboard as it is. Charcoal grey or navy blue will compliment anything in your wardrobe.
Check out the gallery below for some ideas.
You stay classy,