Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Basic Wool Peacoat

A pea coat, also known as pea jacket or pilot jacket is an outer coat, generally of a navy-colored heavy wool, originally worn by sailors of European navies. Although it first appeared in the early 18th century, modern renditions still maintain the original design and composition.

Today the style is considered a classic, and pea coats are now worn by all manner of individuals, not just professional sailors. When worn by women, it is often referred to as a Jacket.

These coats have been a staple for the Navy uniforms since the beginning of the 18th Century. Navy men designed the coats to endure harsh, cold temperatures that many of the men faced on the seas. And today many civilians can be seen wearing the coats, which really comes as no surprise to me.

Pea coats are always navy blue in color characterized by broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, often large wooden or metal buttons, and vertical or slash pockets. They are made from worsted wool. Worsted wool gets its name because of the way the wool is processed for the coats. It is extremely durable because the fibers in the material are parallel in alignment. You will find few garments that are made better and performed to higher standards than the pea coat.

Another appealing element of the pea coat is its classic style. They are identifiable because of their distinct look. In addition to the traditional navy blue color and double-breasted construction, the coats are easily spotted by their wide, rounded lapels and their buttons. The buttons fittingly have anchors etched into the buttons.

Pea coat has evolved to become a rather fashionable piece of the individuals wear. You can now see it wearing by individuals like Jennifer Love Hewitt. Here we can see that Jennifer sprted it with skinny jeans tucked inside the boots looks very chic on her.Pea coat is highly fashionable, more importantly, you can wear any clothes all look comfortable. Throw it on over a t-shirt like Ralph Lauren if you're going out at night and think you might be chilly, layer it over a sweater for when Winter hits full force. It blends with whatever style you want to use it with; it is a unique complement to your dressier outfits, but also looks completely natural when worn with casual everyday clothes.
The pea coat for women is available in different colors now. A coat is an item that every man should have as an option. Regardless of your style, from preppy to punk, this coat goes with anything, and a wool coat like this will keep you warm no matter what. I will admit, on a personal note, it's almost a little too nautical to pair it with a white turtleneck like they do in the picture, however, that's just my opinion. I prefer to wear it with a plain white t-shirt from Ralph Lauren and jeans or a print shirt, or Polo Ralph Lauren with gray slacks. No matter how you pair it, it's a fine looking coat and is best when augmented by a bold colored scarf.

No matter how you dress them up, the coats are a great way to get ready for fall and look great in the process.