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Can a girl wear a Sterlingwear pea coat?

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Hey fellas, Sorry to crash your forum, but I am so frustrated with women's fashions and trying to find a decent classic pea coat. It seems like no matter where I look the women's styles are all made of crappy high % poly blends, are THIN and not insulated at all, are cut badly, and are riddled with all sorts of "trendy" details that ruin the classic look that a peacoat should have... and for all that, they're always more expensive than the mens' coats!
At the mall today, I raided all the mens' and boys' sections, but all the mens' coats were too big, and the boys' coats that fit through the shoulders were too short in the arms. While looking around online I found the Sterlingwear website and noted that the men's Authentic pea coat comes in sizes as small as 30 short, which according to their size chart corresponds to a chest measurement of 28 - if this is accurate, then I'm thinking the men's coat could work for me (I'm 5'3", 105 lbs, 34-25-35, and want to be able to layer a hoody underneath). In case you're wondering why I didn't just go for the women's Authentic, I want my coat to have a militaristic feel and the A-line cut of the women's doesn't do it for me. I did a google search that returned a ton of hits from your forum, which has been such an amazing source of knowledge. You guys look amazing in your Sterlingwear coats and I'm jealous! So I've been wondering if any of your girlfriends have ever bought or tried on a men's Sterlingwear pea coat, or based on what you know, whether you think I should take a chance and order it. I'm in Canada, so I can't try it on before buying. Thanks in advance for your replies! P.S. - I have a double-breasted wool coat that measures 16" from armpit to armpit and it is very fitted, definitely no room for a hoody underneath.
 

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This thread is useless without pictures.
 

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Originally Posted by Douglas
This thread is useless without pictures.


Same thing I thought!


Yes, girls can wear peacoats. I love it, when they wear my shirts (and shorts), so why not a guy's peacoat? You can still make small alterations, I guess.
 

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not trying to be facetious, a good looking girl can get away with wearing anything or nothing at all.
 

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Originally Posted by justsayno
not trying to be facetious, a good looking girl can get away with wearing anything or nothing at all.

Agree 100%, especially with the measurements she quoted.
 

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Originally Posted by sunshowers
Can a girl wear a Sterlingwear pea coat?

Yes, if you're OK with the feel/look of the mirror-imaged buttoning.

Since you're after a more militaristic cut anyway, it should be fine and not look too masculine, as long as it's reasonably fitted.

Good Luck!
 

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Originally Posted by Holdfast
Yes, if you're OK with the feel/look of the mirror-imaged buttoning.

Since you're after a more militaristic cut anyway, it should be fine and not look too masculine, as long as it's reasonably fitted.

Good Luck!


+1 this is good advice. Outwear can be gender neutral, if the fit is right.
 

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Don't be sorry at all to post here; females are always welcome to post in WAYWT (especially in the streetwear section).
 

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Thanks a bunch for all your advice!! I'm gonna do it, and will try to remember to post pictures of me in it, good or bad, so other curious girls can get an idea of how it fits. Cross your fingers for me!
 

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there are many women in the navy. do the regulation pea coats come in womens sizes? any one know?
 

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Originally Posted by a tailor
there are many women in the navy. do the regulation pea coats come in womens sizes? any one know?
Yes, there's a women's version of their Authentic peacoat, but as I said above I don't like the cut of it as much as the men's version.
 

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Originally Posted by sunshowers
Hey fellas, Sorry to crash your forum, but I am so frustrated with women's fashions and trying to find a decent classic pea coat. It seems like no matter where I look the women's styles are all made of crappy high % poly blends, are THIN and not insulated at all, are cut badly, and are riddled with all sorts of "trendy" details that ruin the classic look that a peacoat should have... and for all that, they're always more expensive than the mens' coats!

Hopefully you will have already found all of those discussions saying that even the best RTW men's garments aren't as good as they claim. I would suggest if it is within your budget that you consider going bespoke. There is a long tradition of women going to men's bespoke tailors. For example Marlene Dietrich used to go to Knize in Vienna. I personally like women to wear more feminine garments myself but if you get a maker to cut the coat close to the waist with a nice hour glass figure then it can look rather flattering. Still, there are more shapely coats than the rather loosely cut pea coat to flatter the feminine figure, and you might like to consider if you love pea coats enough that you would pay bespoke prices for one. If you tell us where you are based you could probably get advice about where to go for bespoke (custom) tailoring. I would not recommend MTO as a tailor who knows how to cut for women will draft your fully personalised pattern in a totally different way for a woman's figure.
 

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Photographs are the only way to determine this finally but won't a mans garment look inherently wrong on a woman?
 

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