A typical traditional winter coat should be enough to keep you warm, but how about something that keeps you warm and stylish at the same? While we enjoy spotting our suits or shirts, winter and the human body require an additional layer or two. In this post, we’ll zoom into the Trench Coats and the Pea coats – coats that’ll not only add flavour and an ooze of class to your wardrobe, but are also easy to combine with virtually everything you could think of wearing.
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The Pea Coat
Originally worn by sailors of European and later American Navies, the Pea Coat is a double-breasted coat traditionally made of heavy wool. Pea coats also feature a wide notched collar and broad lapels. As the years have gone by, modern designers have stuck mostly to the original design and composition of the pea coat. They were typically of shorter length when compared to most coats, but modern day designers have made thigh-length pea coats available.
Pea coats are polished and designed to work for most occasions. They afford the wearer the luxury of an effortless transition from formal to casual, whilst still providing adequate warmth and sophistication. When starting to build a coat collection, opt for a navy or black pea coat. They really are a nice place to start.
Sonnie Wool-Rich Peacoat – Grey. Was $520, now $274. Save $246
The Trench Coat
The Trench coat was originally a piece of clothing for Army officers, developed before the war but adapted in the trenches during the war – hence its name “trench”. Though they were traditionally made long and double-breasted, single-breasted and shorter variations are now available. It features a belt around the waist and straps around the wrists. Trench Coats are pre-dominantly made of cotton, though we have variations made with leather and wool these days.
Like the Pea coat, Trench coats are designed to work for both casual and formal occasions. They pass as a compatible coat for all seasons too. They provide freedom to afford the wearer more movement than with other coats. With the diverse variation of colours and styles these days, people are spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a Trench Coat. For a more detailed guide on Trench coats, please read this.
Selected Homme Men’s Shbowery Double Breasted Trench Coat – Navy. Now $117.45, save $78.30
Selected Homme Men’s Shbowery Double Breasted Trench Coat – Sand. Now $98.60, save $97.15
Nautical-Inspired Trench Coat, $83.90
Check Wool Blend Trench Coat. Was $200, now $140. Save $60.
Which should I pick?
I have both. I got the trench coat first because I was only a tee-jeans-sneaker person up until recently – I grew up a little bit fashion-wise (and of course, age-wise too) in recent years. The pea coat appeared to look to serious to me at the time and I had no qualms rocking my Trench Coat with my Givenchy tee and my Tk Society high-tops. With an upgrade to some formal/semi-formal wear came the Pea coat…and I’ve fallen in love ever since.
It’s a tough one for me.
When I don’t feel like thinking too much, I wear a Trench coat. When I have time to calculate and want to put in a effort to look good, I opt for the pea coat. Whatever floats your boat though! Shorter/More fitted/More military looking/More formal/Mostly wool vs. Longer/More flexible/More casual/Mostly cotton. Your call!