Methods to costume like a grown up with Shane Watson: Solely piece to snap up within the gross sales? A pea coat

  • Shane Watson shares recommendation for embracing this season’s pea coat development 
  • Recommends sticking to navy wool and claims thigh-length is greatest 
  • UK-based style knowledgeable takes inspiration from Gigi Hadid in a khaki coat

To be sincere, I’ve combined emotions in regards to the gross sales — every little thing appears to be like tempting when it’s 70 per cent off — however should you purchase one factor within the gross sales this January, make it a pea coat.

Labels from Lacoste to La Redoute have diminished pea coats at the very same time as big-name designers comparable to Celine, Dior and Valentino are displaying off model new kinds of their spring collections — proof, should you wanted it, that that is that rarest of style gadgets: the one which sticks round and by no means dates.

It’s nearly as if everybody who manufactures them is required to signal a pledge to stay trustworthy to the unique for ever, a bit like anybody who remakes West Facet Story: you might spruce it up a bit, enhance the color, sharpen the contours ever so barely, however you can’t fiddle with the essential formulation.

The pea coat by no means adjustments, it at all times works, and that makes it a cast-iron sale purchase. Put on it now over a wool hoodie with trousers or denims, afterward with a stripy shirt or a Breton T-shirt and a skirt and boots.

Pea for perfect: Gigi Hadid

Pea for excellent: Gigi Hadid

Put the collar up (the unique was designed to fold throughout your face like a windbreak) and shove your palms in your vertical pockets (very Jackie Onassis) or depart it flying open (like Jane Birkin) over a polo neck and denims. Both means it’s a keeper.

Loads of coats name themselves pea coats within the hope of borrowing a few of their automated glamour, however don’t be taken in by the pretenders.

A pea coat should be convincingly unisex (the explanation why it appears to be like nearly as good on Robert Redford as on Jane Birkin); Ideally it’s navy wool, double-breasted with beneficiant huge notch lapels and chunky bone buttons (although metallic is OK) and it should be barely flared on the hips and lengthy sufficient to cowl your backside, and even a few inches of thigh.

This, by the best way, is barely longer than the basic maritime pea coat however occurs to be hotter and extra flattering.

In order for you a coat that’s nearly true to these worn by the Navy throughout the warfare your greatest guess is Montgomery (£75 within the sale This one has the basic anchor-embossed buttons and a neck latch all the higher to face up your collar in opposition to the wind.

Nonetheless, there’s such a factor as fractionally too utilitarian with a pea coat — now that we’re not college students. I’ve a plain one from Hole I’ve had for greater than 20 years, however I can see the attraction of barely extra refined kinds, comparable to Lacoste’s model (£190 within the sale which is lined and simply fractionally extra polished.


  • Purpose for navy wool
  • Thigh-length is greatest
  • Put on the collar up
  • Wrap a shawl round

Another person who performed her half in making the pea coat an iconic cornerstone of the cool preppy wardrobe was Ali MacGraw within the Seventies, notably within the movie Love Story. Though she performed a poor Harvard scholar, she was additionally shiny and very effectively dressed — in all probability just a few issues from McGraw’s personal wardrobe crept in there — and that’s the best way we wish to go now. Utilitarian however glamorous. Preppy luxe.

And Different Tales has a very good high quality pea coat (within the sale £107, although you’d must swap the buttons — its brown leather-based woven ones do it no favours and buttons are all essential. Actually, I’d be tempted by shiny metallic this time round.

Jane Birkin had two pea coats (no less than): one with navy bone buttons; one with gold — all the higher for carrying out at night time with little black shorts. The buttons make it extra like a wise blazer if you must look dressy.

La Redoute has a wool combine pea coat with gold buttons (£69.30 within the sale, and Sandro does a shiny buttoned fashion (£299, within the sale, although this one has patch entrance pockets (a correct pea coat has welt facet pockets) which kills it for me. I wish to put my palms in these welt pockets, that’s a part of the purpose.

If just a little additional bling appeals then Jigsaw has a navy grosgrain-trimmed coat for spring (£260, This one’s not within the sale as a result of . . . pea coats are making a comeback.