Wardrobe Essential: The Peacoat

The peacoat is the most versatile piece of outerwear a man can own. It perfectly borders the line between formal and casual and as such can be worn with your suit during the working week (as long as the coat is longer than the blazer), as well as your jeans on the weekend.

Like many of the most iconic garments we know and love today, the pea coat has military origins. It was famously adopted by European and American navies during the early 20th century for its rugged, weather-beating properties as well as its smart, well put-together silhouette.

Whilst the pea coats worn by navies back in the day would have been constructed from a tough, thick wool, today designers are utilising all manner of softer, more luxurious fabrics including cashmere and shearling. The overall design has remained largely identical though, so if you’re in the market for a classic, enduring and stylish coat for winter, look no further.


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Uniqlo’s winter coat offering is always stellar, and this year is no different. This wool-blend peacoat is perfect if you’re on a budget as it boasts all the features one would expect – flap pockets, six-button front, adjustable cuffs – for a wallet-friendly price.

Uniqlo Wool-Blend Peacoat, £89.90 from Uniqlo


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The cut of this Aquascutum piece is slim, giving it a contemporary, streamlined edge, which is further helped by the minimal detailing; vertical jetted pockets, contrasting horn buttons and short notched lapels.

Aquascutum Crawford Peacoat, £600 from Aquascutum


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Gieves and Hawkes and luxury are synonymous, and this jacket shows why. Its beautifully soft shearling collar really sets it apart and its deep blue hue ensures it remains as versatile as the best of them. Team yours with a chunky rollneck jumper and tailored trouser combination.

Gieves & Hawkes Shearling-Wool Peacoat, £995 from Matches Fashion


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For a different take on the shearling collar, Burberry are well worth considering. This one is a shawl collar and is removable, meaning you can step up your style stakes in a matter of moments. It also features an adjustable tab at the lower back for a more fitted appearance.

Burberry London Shearling-Collar Peacoat, £1,695 from Mr Porter


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You know you’ve made it when you can afford to splurge on a cashmere coat. This one retains its classic design cues yet that opulent material, expert finish and tailored fit ensures it impresses more than most.

Ermenegildo Zegna Wool and Cashmere Peacoat, £2,030 from Zegna

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