With temperatures taking a tumble this week and our clocks set back to DST, it’s time to pull out your trusted winter coat. If your struggling with what makes for a classic overcoat go-to, then consider the peacoat your savour. Its been around since the 1800’s and its history is rooted in naval tradition.
It was an invention of the Dutch navy, and its name comes from the Dutch word ‘pije’ (pronounced pea), which describes a coat made from coarse wool fabric. While we have the Dutch to thank for inventing this classic coat, it is the British navy that can take credit for its popularisation – it’s been standard issue for British naval officers for the past part of 150 years. It’s a truly versatile piece that will work with practically anything in your wardrobe. Below are The Jackal’s five favourite peacoat this season, for those chilly months ahead.
Gieves & Hawkes melton peacoat
Not surprisingly for a brand with a rich history of dressing the military, this Savile Row offering is your quintessential tailored peacoat. Designed with broad lapels, side welt pockets and six-button double-breasted closure, it remains faithful to the original, with an updated slimmer cut through the body, giving this a contemporary feel. The heavy Melton wool really let’s this coat do the work, so there’s less need for bulkier layers underneath. Keep your look pared-back with a crisp cotton shirt, fine merino knit and dress it up with a grey wool flannel tailored trouser and a pair of sturdy monkstrap shoes. £795, shop now
Private White V.C. Manchester peacoat
A Peacoat doesn’t get more authentic than this. Private White’s take is made in Manchester and cut from British woollen melton. It features an oversized lapel and a four piece under-collar with channel stitching along the seams for added comfort and warmth. The four pockets on the front have been lined with ultra-fine needlecord to keep your hands nice and toasty. As you would expect from a brand that values traditional manufacturing, the military grade copper RiRi zippers are produced in Switzerland and the real horn buttons are made in the UK. It all adds up to an impressive coat packed with authentic details. Embrace your inner sea dog and style with chunky cream Aran knit, jumbo corduroy trousers and brown leather waxed lace up boots. £695, shop now
1. Hardy Amies contemporary peacoat
Hardy Amies is arguably one of London’s best-kept secrets. It champions accessible, clean design and timeless wardrobe staples that every man should have in his wardrobe – all at an affordable prices. There is no finer example than this trim navy peacoat. This version of the popular style doesn’t skip on detail; it includes tab cuffs, six horn buttons, under collar railroad stitching and discreet front angled welt pockets, which give it a super-clean line through the body, devoid of fussy details. Pair this with a richly coloured fine merino roll neck, dark slim tailored trousers and a suede lace-up boots for a style that transcends age. £495, shop now
4. Burberry wool and cashmere peacoat
Another brand with a past rooted in military tradition, this season, Burberry’s offering up this neatly cut black version of the classic peacoat. Cut in a fine a blend of wool and cashmere, it delivers a soft, but lightweight coat with a gently brushed, downy texture. The classic double-breasted design is detailed with traditional welt pockets and clean tonal topstitching. A checked under collar reinforces the coat’s heritage credentials – perfect for keeping your neck protected against the biting wind. The smooth cut through the body has less flair at the hip than the traditional peacoat, so we recommend wearing less bulk underneath. Layer over softly tailored suits for your working week or fine-gauge knits and denim when off-duty. £995, shop now
5. Jigsaw compact wool peacoat
This coat is true to the iconic original. It’s made from insulating compact wool, a tightly-spun fabrication, that helps minimise piling (those bobbly bits). It’s also unlined with bound seams, which makes it ideal to layer up over chunky knits, overshirts or jackets. While the coat has all the styling details you would expect in a peacoat (including horn buttons), it’s cut shorter in length so it’s ideal for a smaller frame. We recommend you embrace the Francophile in your and team with a Breton stripe knit, dark denim jeans with turned up hems and simple white leather trainers. Tres chic. £280, shop now