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Pea Coat

  Traditionally sporting broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, large wooden or metal buttons, and vertical pockets, this versatile...



 

Traditionally sporting broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, large wooden or metal buttons, and vertical pockets, this versatile Fall staple pairs well with a wool scarf and gloves, or even a T-shirt and hoodie, and the practical shorter length is genius for last minute Christmas shopping around town.  Finish off the look with a tweed cap for a dash of urban boho.

Originally worn by European sailors as far back as the 18th century, the coat gets its name from the Dutch word ‘pij’, referring to the coarse blue or black twill fabric used to make it, in this case Pilot cloth.  It was sometimes called P-cloth for the initial letter and the garment a ‘p-jacket until ‘pea coat’ stuck, and sealed its status as a menswear classic.

In 1969 Canadian rocker Neil Young rocked his with a casually-layered corduroy button-down shirt and black turtleneck, lending the maritime coat some dry land soul.  But the coats of today are hardly ‘old navy’, and even less likely to be real fleet surplus, as most menswear brands offer updated versions of the classic, complete with modern design details like zippers, leather accents and pocket flaps - all to keep your weekend wayfarer look right on trend.

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