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Pea Coat or Double Breasted Coat?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by drake, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. drake

    drake Senior member

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    I'm thinking about having either a pea coat made or a double breasted peaked lapel coat (it that what they are called?). Here are examples of the type of look I'm talking about with regards to cut (both pics from http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com) first the pea coat then double breasted coat. [​IMG] Since it doesn't really get that cold in in California I really one need one so I'm looking for something rather versatile and don't know which one to go with. So which one do you guys think I could wear with jeans and woolen odd-trousers? I'm leaning towards the pea coat but maybe I'm wrong, is a pea coat too casual for woolen trousers? Is a double breasted coat too formal for jeans? I posted this in Streetwear since ~70% of my cloths are streetwear type cloths but that 30% of more woolen trousers and dress shirts is growing so I'm looking for something that I can wear with both type of cloths.
     
  2. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    You could wear either with either. In CA you might be better off with the shorter pea coat, but I think they only look good in a heavier (warmer) fabric. In fact I am a bit of a pea coat Nazi and I really think they should almost only ever be a real, official issue, vintage coat. But I do like that one in the pic, with the unusual hip pockets. OTOH, the coat in the other pic could be made in a lighter fabric, and be more versatile.

    Great cuts on both. I would wear either with just about anything.

    Here is my favorite peacoat - probably my all time favorite article of clothing:
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  3. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    I'm definitely a peacoat person myself.
     
  4. whoopee

    whoopee Senior member

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    Definitely peacoat.
     
  5. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    i recall someone posted a link to an online vendor selling authentic military pea coats at damn good prices, you may want to dig around and find that...
     
  6. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    pea coat. and get a real mil issue one.
     
  7. xcoldricex

    xcoldricex Senior member

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    another for the peacoat. i can't do double breasted things- aside from females that is [​IMG]
     
  8. Saucemaster

    Saucemaster Senior member

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    Yeah, so I WANT to say DB coat just for the sake of a little variety, but let's be honest: peacoat. You just can't go wrong with a good peacoat.
     
  9. Swann

    Swann Senior member

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    Peacoat. Without a doubt.
     
  10. Hawkeye

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    Does anyone have a Schott peacoat? I was thinking about picking one up, but I don't know how they fit. Is it possible to have them taken in? (I would assume so, is it a hassle is really the question I guess.)
     
  11. horriblyjollyjinx

    horriblyjollyjinx Senior member

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    Does anyone have a Schott peacoat? I was thinking about picking one up, but I don't know how they fit. Is it possible to have them taken in? (I would assume so, is it a hassle is really the question I guess.)

    http://64.233.179.104/translate_c?hl...t/740size.html

    I'm going to get one too, the price is right and it looks like a jacket that wont go out of style.
     
  12. alexpham

    alexpham Well-Known Member

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    double breasted coat. I just think it's so much smarter looking than a peacoat. You can't go wrong with either but I think the extra length of the double breasted gives it a tad more elegance and refinement, but that's just me. courtesy of Satoralist: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  13. tiger02

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    Leather peacoat:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. cheapmutha

    cheapmutha Senior member

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    if youre a 38 i have the answer for you.... a full length pea coat. it was custom made for an officer.
     
  15. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    courtesy of Satoralist:
    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]

    Why are you posting pictures of my future ex-wife?
     
  16. alexpham

    alexpham Well-Known Member

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    [​IMG]

    Why are you posting pictures of my future ex-wife?


    I don't know what's better, the coat or the sunglasses. [​IMG]
     
  17. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    I really like Sterlingwear Peacoats. I have one (sized down) and it fits very well. Looks a lot like j's.
     
  18. Jovan

    Jovan Senior member

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    I have a navy peacoat made by... Old Navy! Got it on sale for $50, really not bad with fit and styling. Personally, I'd get a long peacoat, but that's me. Either one would look great.
     
  19. gza

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    If you're having this coat made to your specifications, then you don't have to stick with any stylistic conventions. All you're going for basically is a double breasted coat of some sort for winter wear. The main differences between the peacoat and db overcoat are the lapels, length, and fabric.

    The lapels of a peacoat can be turned up and buttoned to stay in place, protecting the neck and making the coat significantly warmer. You will never have a need for this in California, but if you like that detail then you can certainly request it. Personally I would go with the peak lapels, which lack that special functionality but look pretty damn good.

    A peacoat is typically shorter than a db overcoat. I think a shorter coat makes more sense in a mild climate, and will allow more of your denim or wool trousers (which you probably also chose with great care) to show.

    A real peacoat, as J likes to stress, is made of a heavy, thick wool. A db coat can be made out of any fabric you choose. I can't even imagine when it would get cold enough where you are to warrant the heavy fabric of a naval peacoat. I lived most of my life in California, and I know the peacoat that's in my closet now (identical to the pic J posted) would just never have been practical. So for the fabric I would recommend going with a lighter wool.

    By combining certain features of each archetypal garment, you can make something that is both weather-appropriate and meets your requirement of being both formal enough for dress trousers and casual enough for jeans.

    By the way, congratulations on setting your sights on something double breasted. A more visually interesting option, IMHO, especially for outerwear.
     
  20. Metal Circus

    Metal Circus Senior member

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    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] Photo credit: The Sartorialist (duh) A non-trivial part of my decision to go to Chicago for school next year is the abundance of peacoat-wearing opportunities.
     

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