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AW12 Essential: The Pea Coat

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Autumn is creeping up, and it’s important that we focus on the basics before we start implementing key trends for the season. Today at MFM, we’re going to be highlighting an essential item which is timeless, and will be on trend for seasons to come. We are of course, talking about the Pea Coat.

The military trend is a trend that always seems to re-introduce itself when the autumn/winter season hits, and the pea coat is a great example of this. Typically worn by European and British Naval Officers back in the 18th century, the pea coat is a timeless classic. It’s main features are large labels, a thick wool fabric and double breasted buttons. In the coming months we’re going to be highlighting other timeless essentials such as the trench, but the pea coat really is the perfect autumn/winter addition.

As with any other timeless garment, you’re not investing in a trend piece which will be wearable for a couple of seasons. You’re investing in a coat which should be seen as an investment, you can wear is season after season and it will work with the majority of looks you’re trying to establish. Expect to pay a little higher, but remember it’s an investment, and the pea coat will last you for years and years to come…

Key Tip: Invest in a neutral colour such as navy, grey or black. A neutral colour will mean you can implement this coat into the majority of your looks, where as a brighter colour will leave you having to put a bit more effort into what you wear it with. Play close attention to fit also. Due to the thick wool fabric, you don’t want to opt for anything too large. It will leave your silhouette looking top heavy, so go for a slimmer fit.

Another key feature which makes the pea coat an essential this season is that it’s highly available. Every high street and designer will create a pea coat this AW12 season, whether it be high end such as Burberry or the lower end such as Primark. Our advice would be to again invest wisely, the pea coat is going to last you season upon season so look towards a pea coat which is well manufactured. Remember to focus on fit and a neutral tone.

Here are some of favourites on the market currently:

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Paul McGregor
Paul McGregor

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  • Robert

    Navy Pea coates are timeless classic from the US navy great for winter I have an original one from the 1960s it looks great with Indigo jeans brown boots and a chunky berry coloured scarf slap a pair of aviators you have the look

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