While perhaps this would have been better done in the fall or beginning of winter I wanted to wait until winter coats began going on sale before posting this. Many stores begin to roll out their warmer weather gear immediately after Christmas, especially south of the Mason Dixon line where our winters tend to be a lot shorter and warm weather appears a lot sooner. A huge benefit to this is that winter coats go on sale well before winter is over and some amazing deals can be found. Waiting till spring would be conventional logic as ALL the coats will be on sale. But by this point MOST of the coats worth having will have been bought. So, now is the time, especially for those of you in warmer climes, to begin your hunt for that perfect winter coat. It might not serve you perfectly this year, but you'll be ready when the cold weather hits next year (and if you live anywhere near the DC Metro, you have no idea when the cold weather is gonna strike again. It was 0 degrees F outside of Quantico this past week).
So! For all pictures in today's post I am wearing Chippewa GQ ($85 on Amazon with a $25 off code), Levi 514 Slim Straight jeans ($40 in store on clearance) and a white Brooks Brothers OCDB (thrifted $5). I'm going to skip over the scarves as they have been covered in other blog posts. SO! Let us begin.
In the first photo series picture I am wearing three different pea coats. (From left to right) A blue Old Navy pea coat ($20 on sale) a black Eddie Bauer pea coat (a gift, guessing $150 new), and a grey patterned Banana Republic ($30 on clearance + 40% off clearance). Links are not available for these coats as aside from the Old Navy (currently on sale for $9.99 and not available online) the other two are last season and no longer sold.
So a quick run down on the pea coat. The pea coat is a nautical uniform item originally worn by sailors, especially naval sailors, on cold nights crossing the oceans. Almost always made of wool or a wool blend they come in a variety of colors, weights, an designs. But a pea coat will always be double breasted, and (typically) will have naval themed buttons (usually anchors). In these three examples, I am wearing all mediums but the size run a bit differently. The Old Navy fits me very snugly but the sleeves are longer than I need (easily remedied by a good tailor), and same with the Banana Republic (notice the uprolled sleeves). The Eddie Bauer is by far the thickest and least casual, but the fit leaves something to be desired (notice how baggy it looks in my chest area).
When deciding what to wear a pea coat with, I tend to lean to the more casual end of the spectrum. I would never wear a pea coat of a suit jacket or sport coat as it's a bit too fitted to be worn with like that, nor would I wear a bow tie with a pea coat as the collar will smash the bow tie and force your neck area to look very busy. I tend to wear my pea coats casually with a pair of jeans or chinos, a button down shirt, pullover or cardigan, and at most a simple knit tie. So... shall we move on?
patina that develops as it's worn. Brand new, a jacket will look... brand new. As you break it in and wear it it will take on a life of it's own and be a very versatile part of your wardrobe. On leather I do not suggest going cheap (fake leather will look fake, and thin leather will tear quickly) but rather find the coat you want and wait for a sale on it.
Target Meron4-Pocket Wool Coat for $50 on Black Friday. At the link provided you'll find it's now on sale for $32 (if you call your local store and have it delivered to them for local pick up they will often waive the shipping fee. If you're just looking for a warm coat that isn't completely hideous, I STRONGLY encourage you to pick up this coat before they are discontinued. No telling if it will be back next year, and at $32 can you really afford not to? My critiques on this coat are that, as is the case with Target men's wear, it is catered towards a larger man than myself. Usually I find Target's mediums to be the perfect size for me (elsewhere I'm between a large and a medium), but this particular coat is just a bit too roomy in the stomach and chest and a bit boxy on the sides. Regardless, it is a warm coat that pairs well with darker trousers, boots, a couple layers of sweater and thermal shirt. Without a doubt, if I had to recommend a coat to someone looking to enter the world of dressing better, this would be the first suggestion I would have for them.
A quick note on two other kinds of coats. While I don't own them myself, a resurgence of popularity for the Duffle Coat and University Coat especially in younger men's wear has given me cause to consider looking for them myself. While the university coat is really just a pea coat without all the nautical detail or double breast, the duffle blog is loaded with detail and very much an en vogue piece of outerwear at the moment.
Well, as always, I hope you enjoyed wasting your time on my blog, and dress dangerously my friends.