October 19, 2015  ·  style

Peacoat Buyer's Guide 2015

Today's concept of the peacoat runs the gamut from the classic boxy sailor's kit with anchor buttons to any number of sleeker, modern variants. The basic requirements to meet the definition seem to be a useful trim length, broad lapels, a six-button double-breasted form, and slide slash pockets for hand warming. Apparently there's also a law that they can only be made in navy or charcoal. A few options for channeling your inner fisherman:

Uniqlo [$130] — A basic version from a company that specializes in basics. Highly affordable with the tradeoff of 30% polyester content.

Luxire [from $450] — One of our favourite custom clothiers will produce a made-to-measure coat in a variety of materials and forms; one of the most popular emulates the suit-like peak lapels of James Bond's peacoat in Skyfall.

Hardy Amies [$359] — The sleek pick of the bunch with a shorter length, blazer-like rouded shoulders and gracefully sweeping lapels. Made in England. Listed as a "Bloomingdales Exclusive" for $795, has been spotted for less than half that price on at least two of the more common flash-sale sites.

Club Monaco [$369] — for fans of the classic form with padded shoulders. Pair with Inis Meain chunky turtleneck and head above decks.

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