In a previous article I discussed the history of the pea coat and what to look for in terms of fit and style.
The only problem with pea coats, however, is finding a good one. Frankly speaking, there is a lot of crap out there.
Which is why in this article I want to review 5 of my favourite (re: not crappy) men’s pea coats.
Let’s dive in.
The Dock Pea Coat by J.Crew is definitely one of my favourite pea coats and it’s the one that I currently own.
This is a fantastic pea coat for several reasons:
First, the body of the pea coat is a bit longer than traditional pea coats (it hits you right around the mid thigh level instead of just below the waist). While I don’t recommend wearing this coat with a suit (a top coat is more appropriate), the longer length in the body does tend to give me a better silhouette.
Second, although the Dock Pea Coat is classic in design it is cut in a more modern, slim fit which is a lot more flattering on an athletic physique. Also, the Dock Pea Coat is one of the few pea coats that has slimmer sleeves. I find a lot of other men’s pea coats on the market are much too boxy through the midsection and have sleeves that are cut too low and wide.
Lastly, the Dock Pea Coat comes with a Thinsulate lining. This is a nice little feature that ensures you will stay warm while wearing this coat.
All in all, the Dock Pea Coat is a fantastic option at a great price point (less than $200 when on sale).
Bond Pea Coat – Billy Reid
If you’ve got deep pockets and want the most fashionable pea coat out there right now, the Bond Pea Coat by Billy Reid would have to be it. This is the same coat worn by Daniel Craig in Skyfall.
The Bond Pea Coat is fairly classic in design with a few interesting, modern twists such as a leather under collar, horned buttons, and a peak lapel.
The fit is definitely slim and the coat is also a bit shorter in the body compared to the Dock Pea Coat, making it a better choice for guys shorter than 5’9.” The sleeves of the coat are also cut nice and slim and the arm holes are cut relatively high.
While there are a lot of other “fashion forward” pea coats on the market the Bond Pea Coat is head and shoulders above them all. There are so many great looks you can pull off with this coat and I’ve covered several of them here.
The sticker price ($695) will definitely come as a shock to some but it is in line for most modern fashion designers today. Hell, even at that price the Bond Pea Coat is currently on back ordered until the end of March.
32 oz. Melton Wool Navy Pea Coat – Schott NYC
If you are looking for a more traditional or classic pea coat then the 32 oz. Melton Wool Navy Pea Coat by Schott NYC is your best bet.
Melton wool (also referred to as Melton cloth) is a specially woven wool that has a tighter weave and a heavier weight. Melton wool has been around for over 100 years and is typically used for outerwear as it offers superior protection against the elements. Even though this pea coat is not made from 100% Melton wool (it is a 75% Melton wool and 25% nylon blend) at 32 oz. it will still keep you plenty warm.
The design of the Melton Wool Pea Coat is very standard. It has a 10 button front (8 buttons visible with 2 buttons hidden underneath the lapel), side hand warmer pockets, and an over-sized notch lapel collar. In other words, exactly what you should expect from a classic pea coat. There are absolutely no frills here so if you are looking for a traditional pea coat that will last you for years and years this one is it.
My only word of caution with this coat is that since it is a more traditional pea coat it is cut more generously. Don’t be surprised if you need to size down or have this coat tailored to dial in the fit.
Fortunately, for those of you who would rather not fuss with a tailor Schott NYC also offers a slimmer (and lighter) version of this coat – the 24 oz. Slim Fit Fashion Pea Coat.
Just don’t wear it completely buttoned up like in the image above. Leave at least the bottom button undone and don’t be afraid to pop the collar. It’s what Bond would want you do.
USN Pea Coat – Alpha Industries
Once again, for you purists out there looking for a traditional pea coat the USN Pea Coat from Alpha Industries is another great option.
In fact, it’s very similar to the pea coat made by Schott NYC with the difference being that this coat is 26 oz. whereas the Schott NYC coat is 32 oz. The Schott NYC coat also offers a few more colours, while the Alpha Industries pea coat is about $100 cheaper. Both coats are fantastic but for those of you on a tighter budget the Alpha Industries pea coat may be more up your alley.
Last but certainly not least the is Authentic Wool Pea Coat by L.L. Bean.
This is another great classic pea coat made from a 80% Melton wool and 20% nylon blend. At 24 oz. it is also lighter than the coats from Schott NYC and Alpha Industries. Additionally, this coat comes with a satin lining at the yoke and sleeves, making it easier to slip on and slip off. It’s a small detail, to be sure, but it certainly separates this coat from its competition.
The Authentic Pea Coat comes in two standard colours: navy and grey. It is currently on sale for $229 with free shipping.
The pea coat is a classic menswear item that has been keeping men warm during the bitter winter months for over 200 years.
The key to a picking out a great pea coat is choosing something that doesn’t deviate too much from its original style and design. The 5 pea coats that I have reviewed here are all fantastic (and classic) options that strike a balance between price and quality. Any one of these coats will keep you warm and stylish for years to come.
Here’s to looking sharp!