“Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the waves…”
Before getting into details or archives of this militaristic, marinistic outfit, lets just observe this visual investigation of Billy Reid Skyfall Peacoat. However, it’s not just James Bond, who wore such coat and totally rocked that image, but about that later.
Today almost anyone can look like they are from Navy forces or army. Today peocoats belongs to fashion, not just to an open sea. Double-breasted peacoat with structured-shoulder staple is absolutely perfect to fight off colder climates. When winter comes knocking, just put on this coat and rule the streets of frost. This naval style coat looks stunning even on the shoulders of high fashion models. Years and years back, only military officers used to wear them, now is the time for a change, which already happened.
Origins of peacoats:
This woolen outwear has its fashionable longevity and a future ahead of it. If you’re looking for a new winter outfit, why not apeacoat? But lets talk chronologically here. When actually this coat was made and why? If you look at the Oxford English Dictionary for the etymological meaning of this word, you might get confused. Some linguists managed to find the possible origins of this word, it should be “pea-jacket”. But its started to get fuzzy. Pea-jacket might have emerged from the Dutch compound word “pijjaker”. Pij means woolen clothing, such outfit was worn by Dutch sailors. However, those are just predictions.
If we call peacoat a seaman’s coat, things might get clearer. Such outfit was popular within Dutch seamen. But U.S Navy likes to argue with this theory, they say that first came the coat and then the name. These coats were made from heavy and hard-wearing blue twill fabric, we like to call it a pilot cloth. Thus from p-cloth it became p-jacket and later a pea- coat. In Britain, one of the well know merchants, Edgar Camplin, is credited for the invention of this famous coat for petty officers. But what petty stands for? It means non-commissioned officer. That’s where the name “petty coat” came from. However, there are no historical evidence left.
Despite controversies and unknown origins, peacoat is still bound with military and navy forces. During World War II, it was a practical outwear, while today it’s more of an indie fashion statement. However, such thick wool and double-breasted front is warm and practical even in the coldest climate. Classical peacoats are a bit oversized, it’s collar-poppers keeps the neck unexposed to winds, so as slash pockets keeps your hands warm. This type of coat has double row buttons down the front ( during WWII 8 buttons). Originally these buttons had an anchor design, but since WWII it changed.
Even if we wear peacoats anywhere with almost anything, in U.S Navy there are strict rules and regulations how to wear them correctly. But while we are out of Navy forces, we might just enjoy wearing peacoats as we like. If James Bond can rock this naval image, why can’t you or your man?
Just observe the lookbook of the famous male peacoats and their wearers: