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post #5596 of 5744
Well, if it's not cold enough to pop the collar, you probably shouldn't be wearing it in the first place. But you "should" pop it if you want to look like you know how to wear a pea coat. Some collars are just meant to be popped, and this is one of them. And just as you wouldn't button all three buttons on a three-button blazer (please don't tell me you would), you "shouldn't" button all the buttons on a pea coat.

But it's up to you, of course. This is only style/fashion or whatever, and it's all personal and subjective. I happen to think doing these things makes the coat look better, just as I think buttoning only the middle button on a three-button blazer looks better. And I base a lot of this on the way I have seen the pea coat worn.

I don't know. Check out some images and decide for yourself: Googled images of pea coat wearin'
post #5597 of 5744

I'm very new to this, but a peacoat is weather gear and not a suit jacket, so I'm not sure it's fair to draw a comparison, is it? Everything I've read says that the peacoat should be fully buttoned, even GQ. What are some of the iconic photos you're referring to? It looks like Robert Redford wears it popped and 1-2 buttons undone in "Three Days of the Condor" but I see a lot of old pictures of sailors wearing all the buttons done and collars down... I'm not trying to be argumentative, I'm just trying to learn.

post #5598 of 5744
I really don't care. Wear it however you'd like.
post #5599 of 5744

Hey, thanks for the advice!

post #5600 of 5744
Okay, well, here's some more: I wouldn't count on GQ to give you the best advice on this kind of thing.
post #5601 of 5744

I'm not sure in what situation it would be cold enough to wear a peacoat but not cold enough to have it buttoned all the way up, and the collar thing seems entirely subjective.

post #5602 of 5744
Never all one or the other depending on conditions, but to me, it seems that the very bottom button should not be buttoned. And the top one is yes or no. But never the bottom. And popping the collar is just sexier. It just is.
post #5603 of 5744
To me, if it's extremely cold or very windy then you CAN put the collar up (I hate the word "pop"). I feel like that's a situational thing where you're trying to keep warm. I would disagree with anyone that says it has to be up 100% of the time.

I also disagree that it is meant to be worn with only the middle button buttoned. I was issued my first pea coat in 1993, and we were told to button it all the way up. I understand that there are some movies/photos of it worn with only one button buttoned, but I'm sure there are many, many more photos of sailors wearing it buttoned all the way.

I'm not saying that it only has to be worn collar down and buttoned all the way up, that's just how it looks right to me. That's the beauty/versatility of a pea coat. It can be worn different ways based on the personality of the wearer.

I feel that if someone is asking for fit pics, it's easier to see how it fits with the collar down and buttoned up. After that, you can do whatever you want.
post #5604 of 5744
Well, to each his own. I'm no longer in the military so I feel free to go outside the regs with my sartorial choices. And I don't mean to sound like it's "wrong" to do whatever--but "to me" it does look odd to wear the collar down on almost all outerwear, and especially the pea coat. When I see collar down and all buttons buttoned, I see something that looks too buttoned up (read "formal" "uptight") and not casual enough (read "relaxed" "easy going") for what essentially is a very casual piece.

It's sort of like seeing sleeves buttoned down with a casual shirt like a chambray or a J. Crew washed shirt or something, or a t-shirt or a polo shirt that's ironed. There's not enough dishevelment factor. wink.gif
post #5605 of 5744
If anybody is looking for a Sterlingwear Authentic, I put mine up for sale. Alternatively, I'll be looking for a slightly more tailored peacoat, not necessarily has to be authentic to the last bit, a little more stylized would be ok. As an interesting note, Jcrew's Peacoat with thinsulate has been one of the best fitting on me, I thought.

http://www.styleforum.net/t/373362/sterlingwear-authentic-peacoat-36r/0_100
post #5606 of 5744

Bros,

I have quite the issue. I've had my RL Academy peacoat for a couple of years now and all of this time, a section of the right lapel is curved outwards and it won't lay flat one bit. I tried resting weight on it overnight, I tried steaming it....nada....anyone have experience with this and somehow resolved it?

 

Thanks in advance.

post #5607 of 5744
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Originally Posted by shadykay sf View Post
 

Bros,

I have quite the issue. I've had my RL Academy peacoat for a couple of years now and all of this time, a section of the right lapel is curved outwards and it won't lay flat one bit. I tried resting weight on it overnight, I tried steaming it....nada....anyone have experience with this and somehow resolved it?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

An image would help. But, lapel curves are usually controlled by the way the collar is attached to the lapels on each side.

 

The collar is pulling the lapel up and hence ironing is not helping. You will need to take it to a tailor and have it corrected. Either have it pulling up on both sides or laying flat on both.

post #5608 of 5744
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Originally Posted by Robert View Post

Never all one or the other depending on conditions, but to me, it seems that the very bottom button should not be buttoned. And the top one is yes or no. But never the bottom. And popping the collar is just sexier. It just is.

And there is a very good practical reason for not buttoning the bottom button: It keeps stress off of the thread when seated. I will say though, that when I was in NYC, the bottom button would be left undone while seated on the subway, but when I got out in the 18 degree weather, that button would be closed as well, with the collar put up against the cold and the wind. Just seems warmer to have the collar up, even when out of the wind on the subway. I never really thought about the cool factor as I was plenty cool just being myself.

These days (not in NYC) I mostly leave the bottom button undone all of the time as I am not in the cold for very long periods of time.
post #5609 of 5744
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Originally Posted by shadykay sf View Post

Bros,
I have quite the issue. I've had my RL Academy peacoat for a couple of years now and all of this time, a section of the right lapel is curved outwards and it won't lay flat one bit. I tried resting weight on it overnight, I tried steaming it....nada....anyone have experience with this and somehow resolved it?

Thanks in advance.

You might try bending the collar back against the outward curve. Then mist it, keep it in that position and let it dry. That is the way I usually train unruly collars and lapels.
post #5610 of 5744
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Originally Posted by Peacoat View Post

And there is a very good practical reason for not buttoning the bottom button: It keeps stress off of the thread when seated. I will say though, that when I was in NYC, the bottom button would be left undone while seated on the subway, but when I got out in the 18 degree weather, that button would be closed as well, with the collar put up against the cold and the wind. Just seems warmer to have the collar up, even when out of the wind on the subway. I never really thought about the cool factor as I was plenty cool just being myself.

These days (not in NYC) I mostly leave the bottom button undone all of the time as I am not in the cold for very long periods of time.[/quote

I have trouble walking comfortably if the bottom button is buttoned.
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