Like most pillars of men's fashion, the pea coat's story can be traced back to the military. Since the eighteenth century, overcoats resembling the modern pea coat have been used by European and American naval personnel. Even today, the pea coat is regular issue to the heroic men and women of the United States Navy.
Because the classic pea coat continues to be fashionable and stylish, multiple variations are sold by many retailers in North America. As well, being a military issue garment, many pea coats can be picked up at army surplus stores for very reasonable prices. If you would like to purchase a more elegant pea coat, many top designers offer their own versions of this stylish and functional cold-weather coat.
Despite where you purchase your coat, you should not buy a style that differs too much from the classic military original. Here's what you ought to keep an eye out for when you buy a pea coat:
* Good quality pea coats are composed of durable and warm wool, so be skeptical of any type of pea coat that isn't primarily composed of quality wool for its external layer.
* Wide lapels, large buttons, and vertical or slash pockets are notable characteristics of classic pea coats.
* Your coat should definitely fit you! Because of it's bulky construction and thick fabric a pea coat can seem over-sized for a guy with a wiry frame. If you have a slender build, take your coat to your local alterations shop and have them alter it to be more fitting to your shape.
A well maintained pea coat can be a useful wardrobe piece as it can be both dressed up or dressed down. With the addition of a scarf, red or white will do, your winter pea coat outfit will keep you fashion forward and warm and all winter long.