When it comes to winter outerwear I consider the pea coat to be the preeminently stylish option for men.
What makes pea coats so stylish is that they are masculine. After all, these coats were originally worn by European (and later American) navies.
These days pea coats have become one of those indispensable items found in every stylish man’s wardrobe. Whether you want to dress it down with some dark denim jeans and Chelsea boots or dress it up with wool trousers and a pair of double monks, pea coats are incredibly versatile and can handle virtually any style scenario you can imagine.
Fortunately, there are a lot of fantastic pea coats being made by a variety of retailers these days, several of which I have covered before.
Well, now you can add one more to the list: the Doyle Pea Coat by Merc.
What I particularly like about the Doyle Pea Coat is its classic cut and design. The coat features a 6 button enclosure on the front with 2 buttons hidden underneath each side of the collar. There are also two slanted pockets on the front of the coat to keep your hands warm and one interior pocket to keep your personal belongings (cell phone, wallet etc.).
In terms of the cut, the coat hits you just past the waist level. The arm holes are also cut high which ensures that the coat moves with you. The Doyle Pea Coat also has a nice shape through the midsection unlike a lot of modern pea coats which I find to be cut much too slim. Here’s what I’m talking about:
See how the coat pulls in the midsection? It’s just too slim. This makes it a challenge to wear it with a thick sweater and still feel comfortable in it. Although this type of cut is very fashionable these days I just don’t find it as flattering as a more traditional cut.
So how does the Doyle Pea Coat actually fit?
As you can see the Doyle Pea Coat fits superbly and is a happy medium between the ultra slim pea coats you see today and the excessively baggy/boxy numbers all too common as well (for your information the coat is a large and I’m 6’0″ and 180-185lbs. My chest is 42″ and my waist is 32″).
You’ll also notice the generously sized collars on the coat. If there’s one thing I dislike on a pea coat it’s a wimpy collar. Merc did it right by giving the Doyle Pea Coat a nice tall collar which looks fantastic when it’s popped.
And just as a point of contrast, here’s another popular pea coat: the Billy Reid Bond Pea Coat. Notice the size (or rather lack thereof) of the collar:
I’m glad Merc didn’t go this route. While it may be cool and fashionable right now it’s not a trend that will stand the test of time.
In terms of construction the Doyle Pea Coat is made from a 50/50 wool nylon blend. I usually prefer 100% wool coats (or at least 70%) as I find they are better quality but I was pleasantly surprised by the feel and drape of this coat. It’s super soft and very comfortable to move in. Initially I was worried that the coat would be too stiff and unforgiving but that wasn’t the case at all.
The other thing I like about the Doyle Pea Coat (and Merc clothing in general) is the discreet branding. The only logo you will see on the Doyle Pea Coat is just a small, tasteful Merc emblem on the front left slanted pocket. As many of you know, I’m not a big fan of logos and branding but Merc always does a great job of branding their products in a very classy and understated way.
Lastly, I can’t forget to mention one of my favourite features of the Doyle Pea Coat: the tartan lining. This is a cool little feature and something that has already generated a lot of positive comments from people whenever I take it off in order to hang it.
In terms of price Merc’s Doyle Pea Coat retails for £190. I’d consider this to be a fair price point for a pea coat of this caliber.
How to wear the Doyle Pea Coat?
In the look above I’ve paired the pea coat with rugged basics such as denim jeans and work boots but you could easily dress up the pea coat with a pair of wool trousers and double monks. Here’s an example of what I mean:
Just remember to pop the collar on the coat when you wear it.
If you don’t already own a stylish pea coat you really ought to get one. The Doyle Pea Coat by Merc is a fantastic option that I highly recommend checking out. It’s what I consider to be a genuinely classic men’s pea coat that will not only keep you warm during the winter months but also looking good.
Here’s to looking sharp!