Fall is pea coat weather. Here are six hot jackets that can handle the oncoming chill. (LOOKBOOK)
BUY RIGHT | While it may not possess the enduring absolutely-have-to-have status of an archetypal trench coat, the classic pea coat (it’s actually a jacket) is one of those iconic fashion items that enjoys recurring cachet.
While variations abound (CLICK HERE to see a range of interpretations), a close-to-authentic pea coat is what most serious fashionistas want. This pea—the type worn to this day by US Navy seamen—is a simple construction made of pliable Melton wool in a weight that is warm without being heavy. Cut slim (but never form-fitting or snug—you need be able to wear a sweater underneath), it is double breasted with six visible buttons, and it has a wide, deep lapel that can be buttoned to help make the collar stand up against the wind. This pea has a vent at the back, and vertical slash pockets in the front (the higher up the better) that are designed more for hand warming than carrying stuff. A true pea is always navy blue.
Pea Is For Perfect
This fall, designers at every price point are offering their take on the pea. The only thing missing from every one of these versions is traditional anchor-inscribed buttons, but if you’re really serious about adding this authentic detail, you can purchase them ONLINE. —Annabel Lee
Top Peas In Our Pod
Uniqlo Pea Coat—$140**
Club Monaco Lori Pea Coat—$289
J. Crew Majesty Pea Coat—$320
Burberry Classic Wool Pea Coat—$825
**The Uniqlo Pea Coat appears to be available in England only—so you’ll need to have someone ship it to you.