Peacoats are a classic item and should be a part of everyones wardrobe. Traditionally in navy blue, a peacoat is a double-breasted wool coat with six anchor style buttons for women, and eight for men. They are short in length, and were worn by the United States Navy in the 20th century. Today, peacoats are a versatile style jacket that can be worn by anyone. They come in a range of colors, styles and lengths. The bridge coat is similar to the peacoat in almost every aspect except for its length, which usually extends halfway to the thighs. Navy blue or black, long or short—peacoats are a cold weather must.
This Fashionista knows how to dress up her peacoat for a day of class. Peacoats can be paired with almost anything. They can be dressed up when worn over a formal dress with tights and heels, or dressed down with your favorite pair of jeans and tall riding boots. Regardless of the time of day or where you’re going, you can’t go wrong with this style jacket. This Fashionista has a traditional looking, black peacoat that is double-breasted and has six buttons. You can find this style at most department stores, but specifically Macy’s, Old Navy and ASOS have a great selection of different styles and colors of peacoats. Check out this LOOKBOOK collection showing the range of outfits you can create with a peacoat.
To get the most flattering look with your short peacoat, make sure it hits you just below the hip. This way your skirts and dresses (like this Fashionista is wearing) will extend several inches below your coat. Avoid long cardigans or tunic tops when wearing this length of a peacoat unless you are keeping it open and going for a more layered look. You should be able to wear your peacoat buttoned or unbuttoned and over other clothing. Make sure to be wearing something practical when trying on a peacoat, and try buttoning it to ensure a comfortable and flattering fit. If you are looking for a little more definition in your jacket, try a peacoat with a tailored waist, or a longer bridge coat.
Don’t forget to accessorize! This Fashionista dressed up her peacoat look with a tucked in scarf and tights underneath her skirt. Try arm scrunched arm warmers peeking through the bottom of your sleeves or mittens, a satchel and a slouchy crochet hat.