Autumn leaves have fallen and there’s a quiet, almost melancholic feeling in the air. Christmas is just around the corner and the winter chills hush people into warm jackets. My personal choice for these times cannot be matched, as whenever the mercury plummets, I resort to my woolen peacoat in a classic, versdatile blue hue of navy. Mixing a navy overcoat with anything is a breeze, be your choice of trousers either selvedge denim, moleskin or gray flannel. It’s easy to finish the look with a nice cashmere scarf to be ready to withstand even the nastiest weather a Mother Nature can throw onto you.
Peacoats (also known as reefer coats) were originally used by sailors and soldiers in navy. The material, thick melton wool, was chosen due to its warmth even when wet. The double breasted cut gives more protection from the elements, sporting usually six or eight buttons to fasten the jacket. Lapels and collar are broad to provide additional protection.
Despite its original use, I’ve found peacoat to be a great companion in urban surroundings as well. A bit more casual than a single-breasted, longer overcoats and a bit warmer with its double breasted style, it offers a bit more protection and warmth. I originally bought this navy peacoat by Fred Perry about three years ago. It is still in a great shape and has held its form admirably.