When winter comes around a good coat is a necessary part of any wardrobe. Picking some outerwear that's going to be warm enough, fit perfectly and that you won't get bored of after a few weeks can be trickier than you think. From casual to the formal, here's everything you need to know about how to wear a peacoat.Read more Men’s Style Guide features.
It’s a piece that’s been around for generations, and it’s likely that not only did your grandad wear one, but his grandad did as well. With the history that surrounds them, as well as their different uses, peacoats have gone through a few transformations, and there’s a variety of designs and colours to choose from. From simple, single-breasted designs to long, statement looks, the peacoat is the perfect seasonal coat to take you through autumn to winter.
Men's Black Peacoat
Black coats are pretty traditional, especially in the autumn and winter, but peacoats have enough of a unique shape that even in the more muted colour they can stand out. You can pretty much dress a black peacoat up with whatever you want, whether it be jeans and T-shirt combo or a full suit. Because of its clean, V-shaped neck and pointed lapels it creates a neat and flattering shape and doubled with the fact that it's in black - one of the most flattering colours around, you can guarantee that you're going to look good in it.
There's a number of simple everyday looks that are ideal for winter and will suit anyone. As black is versatile enough to go with a range of colours you don't have to worry about any clashes when you're wearing your peacoat. Try a long-sleeved jumper in a bold pattern and match it with a pair of slim fit jeans. Raw denim is great for the winter as it's just that little bit sturdier than the elastane mixed ones, and will give you better protection from the cold. Then just finish with some chunky black boots or trainers and throw your trusty peacoat over the top.
A black peacoat is perfect for wearing with a formal outfit. Its slim fit design, flattering collar and neutral colour help it to blend easily into the slightly more rigid fits of formal wear. Pairing one with a classic turtleneck in the same colour is an easy way to achieve a sleek and form fitting outfit while avoiding the risk of frostbite.
Men's Navy Blue Peacoat
Navy is a colour that's often used in clothing to replicate the versatility of black while veering away from the intensity of the colour. Often worn in the summer months, it's never the less a top contender when the weather starts to bite as well, and a thick navy peacoat can be a go-to staple for the autumn and winter months.
We're working with a lighter colour here, so you can afford to go a little cooler with the rest of your outfit as well. There's no reason that just because the nights are darker your clothes have to be as well. Try a casual, thick cotton shirt in a clean pattern and match it with a pair of slim fit chinos and boots. You can easily layer up with an outfit like this, so if it's not warm enough just throw a T-shirt underneath your shirt, or change your boots to thicker leather ones.
You can easily match a standard suit with your navy peacoat. However, for a less formal look try out a minimalist style by pairing a blue denim shirt with a slim fit pair of black chinos and some lace-up brogues. The navy peacoat will help bring some lightness to the outfit, while the shirt will balance things out and stop it looking overly formal.