3 Ways To Wear A Classic Pea Coat

In a sea of fast trends and fleeting fashions, the pea coat has stood the test of time, keeping sailors cosy as far back as 1723. Nearly three centuries later, this double-breasted style is still a closet essential.
March is the perfect time to invest in the classic jacket, as the weird weather insists you still don a coat. We’ve fallen for this oversized version from Topshop, with its boyish fit and seafaring hue. Whether worn on the weekend with leather skinnies and a sharp button-down or draped over a slinky slip dress on crisp evenings, this timeless topper will be your favourite piece in your spring wardrobe. Ahead, three ways to wear the pea coat to ensure you sail into the new season in style.

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Art Opening
Riff on the coat’s masculine sensibility with a classic white button-down and chunky boots — this Balenciaga-inspired style is the perfect balance of punk and luxe. A pair of leather skinnies add definition, while interesting accessories — a solid gold ring and some statement glasses — will win you points among those arty types.

Clockwise from left: Topshop Double Breasted Pea Coat, £95, available at Topshop; Whistles Leather & Jersey Mix Jean, £395, available at Whistles; Choies Patent Metal Buckle Cut Out Boots, £66.95, available at Choies; Junya Watanabe Oversized Mesh-Paneled Cotton-Poplin Shirt, £351, available at The Outnet; Miu Miu Cat Eye Glasses, £129, available at Pret a Voir; Leyla Cemal Gold Doublet Ring, £45, available at My Flash Trash.
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Dressed-Up Drinks
Now that you’ve Instagrammed your first cherry blossom of spring, it’s time to embrace florals again. This bouquet-bedecked slip’s feminine silhouette contrasts perfectly with the pea coat’s boxy fit — it’s a match made in cocktail-hour heaven. Givenchy’s single-sole sandals will set your style in bloom, while vampy lips and a spiked ear cuff add a bit of edge.

Clockwise from left: Topshop Double Breasted Pea Coat, £95, available at Topshop; House of Hackney Midnight Garden Vince Dress, £195, available at House of Hackney; Givenchy Floral-Print Leather Sandals, £495, available at Net-A-Porter; No 21 Logo Envelope Clutch, £271.99, available at Far Fetch; MFP Ear Cuff with Spikes, £30, available at My-Wardrobe, Illamasqua The Sacred Hour Lipstick in Shard Red Violet, £16.50, available at ASOS.
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Saturday Markets
Whether you're digging for buried treasures at Portobello or sampling cheese at Borough, the pea coat is perfect for chilly market strolls. Throw on some boyfriend denim, Breton stripes, and a crossbody bag for easy weekend chic.

Clockwise from left: Topshop Double Breasted Pea Coat, £95, available at Topshop; Mango Boyfriend Karlie Jeans, £44.99, available at Mango; Zara Striped Oversize Sweater, £35.99, available at Zara; Amélie Pichard Coco Patent Leather Lace-Up Shoes, £410, available at Matches Fashion; 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Leather Shoulder Bag, £585, available at My Theresa; Michael Kors Ladies Chronograph Watch, £174, available at The Watch Hut; Tom Ford Lipstick in Spanish Pink, £36, available at Harrods.