To get the most out of a pea coat, there are a few style tips it’s well worth taking on board. The first and most crucial step is to ensure that when you choose your coat, it fits you properly. A well-fitting pea coat should hug your body gently and reach down to your hips. Watch out for pea coats that are too short as they will make your torso look stocky and flare out above your hips in an unfortunate way. A pea coat that’s the right size for you is sure to make you look taller and slimmer, so get the size right straight out of the box.
While it’s a jacket that tends to be easy to wear, some clothing combinations will naturally work better than others. Stick to tight-legged trousers and jeans and avoid big flares, unless you really do want to look like and old school sailor. Pea coats look great with a suit, especially if you choose a different shade to that of your coat and a smart pair of wing tips are a great accessory. However, they also look great with some denim jeans, a pair of boots and a roll neck, cable knit jersey. Just make sure your jumper isn’t too thick and causing the material of the jacket to strain.
Remember that one of the best things about a pea coat is its clean line so don’t mess it up with dangling scarves or mufflers. Tuck the ends of your scarf into the collar of your coat and avoid wearing hoodies that will stick out the top or jumpers with overly long sleeves that will poke out the bottom. Keep your accessories looking nice and simple for the most effective silhouette and the best line.
A pea coat looks perfectly fine unbuttoned, but it’s when the buttons are fastened that it really shines. This is when the coat is able to give your figure some definition and that’s what makes it such a timeless classic. However, this will only work if you make sure to do up the right buttons. If you leave too many buttons at the top unfastened or fasten them all except for those at the bottom, the fabric won’t be able to keep its shape and you’ll end up with a slightly unflattering look. Always concentrate on the buttons at your midriff and make sure you do up the bottom buttons. Leaving a few undone at the top is fine, particularly if you’re wearing a scarf.