This is a guest post from Manny De La Cruz from WellBuiltStyle.com
There are few items in menswear that are as iconic or classic as the peacoat.
In fact, peacoats have been around for over 200 years and first gained notoriety when the U.S. Navy adopted them as a part of their official uniform back in the 1800s.
Since then, peacoats have become the quintessential winter coat for stylish men around the world.
Although its rich history has made it one of the most celebrated coats in menswear today, the popularity of the peacoat hit stratospheric levels when it was featured in the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.
In the film, actor Daniel Craig is seen wearing a very stylish and elegant pea coat in several scenes.
The peacoat you see in the movie was actually designed by Billy Reid and is referred to as the “Bond Peacoat” – not because of the movie, but because of the location of Billy Reid’s flagship New York City store: Manhattan’s Bond St.
Nomenclature aside, I think you’ll agree that the Bond Peacoat is pretty bad ass. It’s a unique twist on a classic design that features leather trim details, peak lapels, horn buttons, and a trim, sleek silhouette.
As awesome as the Bond Peacoat is, I’m sure you’re wondering what the best way to wear it would be.
Well, I’m glad you asked.
Let me show you three ways:
How to Wear a Peacoat: Classic Bond Style
The inspiration for this first look is straight from Skyfall and is quintessentially Bond in its elegance and sophistication. To create this look I’ve paired a simple white button up dress shirt with a black tie, black v-neck sweater, charcoal grey trousers, and a pair of classic oxfords. In this case, the addition of the Bond Peacoat is like the cherry on top. This is the perfect outfit for the office but it also transitions well into the night if you plan on hitting the town with friends.
How to Wear a Peacoat: Rugged Bond Style
The inspiration behind this second look is from the traditional history of the peacoat, which was originally worn as a piece of rugged work wear for men. In this outfit I’ve paired the Bond Peacoat with a thermal Henley, a donegal wool sweater, brown cords, and a pair of leather work boots. While some of us can pull this look off at the office during casual Fridays, many others will likely have to wait until the weekend to break it out. Either way, this is a great casual look for when you hit up the local sports bar or pub to catch the game with friends.
How to Wear a Peacoat: Laid back Bond Style
In case you’re under the impression that you have to always dress up your peacoat, think again! In fact, peacoats can look just as cool when paired with more casual pieces. For example, in this look I’ve paired the Bond Peacoat with a simple grey v-neck t-shirt, navy scarf, dark denim jeans, and a pair of casual sneakers. In this case, the formal qualities of the peacoat are juxtaposed nicely by the casual nature of the t-shirt and sneakers. In other words, it is a perfect example of the much vaunted “high-low” aesthetic in contemporary men’s style. Needless to say, this is a great outfit for when you’re out running errands on the weekend or meeting someone for a coffee date.
Where can you buy the Bond Peacoat?
The Bond Peacoat is definitely pricey (~$700 USD) and hard to find. Your best bet would be ordering straight from Billy Reid’s website.
Of course, there’s no rule that states that you have to buy the Bond Peacoat. In fact, there are plenty of other great options out on the market for half the price so do your research.
There’s no question that peacoats have surged in popularity ever since Daniel Craig donned the Bond Peacoat Skyfall.
What makes these coats great is that they offer the perfect blend between style and function, making them an incredibly versatile piece of outerwear that can be used to create a variety of different looks.
That’s why it only makes sense that you own one, because not only is it an excellent opportunity to take your style to the next level, but it comes Bond approved.
Here’s to looking sharp!