It’s Pea Coat Weather! Our 6 Top Jacket Picks

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

Shott pea coat anchor- inscribed buttonThis 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
Joe Fresh Pea Coat (above, too)—$69
Old Navy Poly Blend Pea Coat—$55Old Navy Poly blend Pea Coat
Uniqlo Pea Coat—$140**Uniqlo Pea Coat
Club Monaco Lori Pea Coat—$289Lori Pea Coat-Club Monaco
J. Crew Majesty Pea Coat—$320Majesty Pea Coat J. Crew
Burberry Classic Wool Pea Coat—$825Burberry Classic Wool Pea Coat


**The Uniqlo Pea Coat appears to be available in England only—so you’ll need to have someone ship it to you.

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