Rooted in military history—the Navy, to be exact—pea coats were created to help keep seafaring men warm in cold, windy weather. Today, pea coats are classic winter coats that you can’t go wrong with. They can dress up a casual outfit or look totally appropriate when you wear them over a suit. They’re decidedly not bulky like other winter coats, which is a good thing.
Check out 15 of our favorites that will keep you warm and looking sharp through the winter (it’s coming faster than you think).
ASOS Wool Pea Coat
If you want to stand out from all of the other dudes trudging to the office in a pea coat, buy this one from ASOS. The vibrant, deep blue jacket looks sharp, but the real stand-out feature is the white, faux shearling collar that will not only keep you warm, but will also keep you looking fresh.
Gap Classic Pea Coat
You’ve always looked to Gap for affordable versions of classic, preppy pieces, and this Classic Pea Coat from them fits the bill. Available in navy or gray, the coat is made out of a blend of wool and polyester and has a large collar and quilted lining to keep you extra warm.
River Island Pea Coat
Camel-colored coats were big in the 1970s, but they’re starting to make a big comeback, and you can get in on the ground floor with this Pea Coat from venerable London-based River Island.
Alpha Industries USN Pea Coat
Alpha Industries has been producing military jackets for the actual US military since the 1960s, so buying a jacket from them is about as legit you’re going to get without enlisting. This USN Pea Coat (available in black, navy, or charcoal gray) is made of extra-thick wool and nylon to ensure you’re kept warm when you’re out in the elements.
LL Bean Authentic Wool Pea Coat
American heritage brand LL Bean paired up with Sterlingwear of Boston to create an authentic pea coat. Why is it authentic? Because Sterlingwear has outfitted the US Navy with wool pea coats for over 40 years. Available in navy and gray, the coat is a classic that you’ll have for years.
Orvis Naval Pea Coat
Vermont-based Orvis has been creating outdoor gear since the mid-1800s, so you can’t go wrong with anything they have on offer, especially their Naval Pea Coat. Made to military specifications, the double-breasted coat has two hand-warmer pockets and is made in the USA.
J. Crew Dock Pea Coat
Modeled after the original pea coat, J. Crew’s Dock Pea Coat is slimmer and more refined. Available in navy and charcoal, the coat boasts multiple interior and exterior pockets and is lined in Thinsulate for extra warmth on particularly chilly days.
Club Monaco Wool Pea Coat
Club Monaco’s take on the traditional pea coat is worth investing in, with its virgin wool blend (yes, even wool can be a virgin), oversized lapels, and a back vent for depth of movement.
Bonobos Bristol Pea Coat
Bonobos might not be the first brand you think of when looking for a winter coat, since you depend on them for brightly-colored summer attire, but trust us—their Bristol Pea Coat is worth considering. Made from Italian wool, it’s slim-fitting and features a nautical print lining to make you feel like a sailor. Ahoy!
Fidelity Pea Coat
Because it was founded in 1941 as an official supplier of the US Navy, Fidelity knows how to make a quality pea coat. This charcoal gray, thick pea coat has all of the classic features while looking decidedly modern.
Brooks Brothers Classic Pea Coat
You depend on Brooks Brothers for a good suit, but it may not occur to you to head their way when looking for outerwear. You should. Why? Look at this Classic Pea Coat. Made from luxurious Italian Loro Piana wool, it’s lined with silky Bemberg, and has much-appreciated touches, like corduroy-lined pockets (to keep your hands extra-warm on chilly days) and buttons stamped with anchors for extra nautical flair.
Rag & Bone Reefing Pea Coat
NYC-based Rag & Bone is known for injecting a little rock ‘n’ roll attitude to everyday items, but they’re all business with this black double-breasted Reefling Pea Coat. Brushed to look extra-sleek and featuring an oversized peaked lapel, it’s a coat you’ll have for years to come.
Tomas Maier Wool-Blend Pea Coat
Formerly the Creative Director for Italian luxury good brand Bottega Veneta, Tomas Maier established his own label in 1997, creating classic, high-quality pieces that you’ll want to have hanging in your closet forever. This Wool-Blend Pea Coat—with its heavy navy wool and brass buttons—will make you look right at home on a ship. Or on the train on your way to work. Whatever you’ve got planned, basically.
Kapital 40S Tri Pea Coat
If you want to break out of the classic pea coat look without going full-on parka, check out this 40S Tri Pea Coat from Japan-based brand, Kapital. Thanks to the coat’s series of buttons and clips, the coat can be worn multiple ways. For example, the coat’s biggest differentiator is the hood, which is not found on traditional pea coats, but it actually converts to a shawl collar, so you get the classic pea coat look on sunny days, but still have a hood in your arsenal when you find yourself trudging through a sudden snow storm.
Massimo Alba Wool Pea Coat
This coat from Italian designer Massimo Alba looks expensive, and that’s because it is. But get over the sticker shock—this army green Wool Pea Coat is worth every penny. First, because you’ll stand out from a sea of pea coats in black, gray, and navy, and second because it’s 100% wool, while other pea coats you’ll find on the market are a wool blend.