Skip to comments.Pea coats are the #1 seller in Amazon apparel. A sign of the times.
Posted on 11/20/2011 4:51:02 PM PST by dennisw
I wore these in the 1970s during Nixon& Carter. These were out of fashion for years but are making a comeback. They are drab and dark. To me they reflect an awful economy for young people who wear these. Do the occupy Wall Street kids wear them? I would think so.
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Don’t look bad to me..
Still have mine I wore during the Nixon years - a WWII original with the ruptured duck discharge patch on the sleeve.
I’ve always liked them. I got mine at the military surplus store about 15 years ago.
Pea coats have never been out of style. They are like 501 jeans and canvas sneakers; always “in style.”
We called them Pea Jackets and they were all wool in the 70s. I think calling them Pea Coats is a try to upgrade their social status. I last wore mine circa 1983 or so when Ronald Reagan took over. I looked around at people and could see it was so dated so I chucked it and it was all wool. Wish I had it now, old trusty reliable. I would be dressing in tune with the new Obama malaise/depression
A good one can pass for a topcoat in a pinch, so they serve two uses, casual and dress, if you’re pressed for money and need a coat. I suspect that’s behind the popularity, then and now.
Classic button style all wool coats never go out of style.
My 23 yo son has been wanting one....guess we will make a trip to a surplus store....I didn’t know he was a fashion kinda guy
How bad can the “depression” be if people are paying those prices, plus shipping?
I had a red one that I wore for years, but I gave it away about 5 years ago because it rarely got cold enough here to need it. “Let him who has two coats share with him who has none.”
Being a Paul Weller stylecouncilor I suppose you would know
Late 40s/50s ya could buy em for about 3$ in any Army/Navy store...real warm in that New England weather—swabbies were still wearing them too...
My son was wearing one 4 years ago. Style, not price is the issue.
Love Pea Jackets. Like the classic M65 army coat. Hard to find real M65s anymore. Most are civilian cheapos.
Love the Bible quote.
They’re not selling in large numbers because people are too poor to buy something better; they’re selling because they’re wildly in fashion. They’re throwbacks to an earlier time, yes, which fits in with the traditionalist/preppy style now very popular with young people. The point is to buy things that represent timeless, classic style that hasn’t changed in the last 50 to 75 years. Or before.
I used to read NME all the time.... in my youth in my Pea Jacket
Now if only classic hats would make a comeback..
I bought mine in college, not because I wanted to look hip, but because it kept out Chicago winter winds so well. The only statement I wanted to make was “I’m warm”!
A genuine Navy pea coat never goes out of style. Nothing says “Form follows function; trends are for twits” quite like it. (As opposed to the name brand crap usually worn by young hipsters, that looks like it was recreated from a photograph in a Chinese factory.)
I have a genuine pea coat and it has withstood -25 degree Montreal winds like nothing.
I was totally unaware of this until I read this thread http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=3584630 how popular they are.
I must have owned three different pea jackets back in the day 1970s and late 1960s. I loved them. I'm just tickled to death they made a comeback but I don't think bell bottom jeans will. The right woman looked so sexy in them
I actually prefer the earlier M43 design a little more. Button-close pockets, and nice big pockets at that!
My dear, where do you live? Mars? Poor thing, bell bottoms came back in style a few years back, and then went out again. And you missed it. I'm so sorry! And yes, the young girls did indeed look sexy with the low-slung tight jeans and wide legs. I had to laugh since that was what people wore when I was a girl.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. My buddy bought a real, vintage Pea coat in the 80’s at a thrift store for 5 dollars. I’m sure he still has it.
Some of us are trying on that. But if we want them to come back we all have to do our part. I wear a hat as often as I can manage it, and you should too. When people see how fine we look, they become unafraid to wear nice hats too. I think gentlemen should all be encouraged to wear hats, and when I see a man wearing one I make a point of thanking him (a little bit flirtatiously, depending on his age and the situation).
Wore one in the early Seventies. Quite warm, and quite comfortable, actually. And, didn’t break the bank to buy one.
But...if there is truth in AGW, these won’t be needed. Right?
I had one in the late sixties and was just looking at one in Orvis
I inherited my fathers WWII Merchant Marine Pea Jacket.
The label was Brooks Brothers.
It was the best coat I ever had, lasted for years and years.
The pea coats are practical and look good. I wish I had my old CPO.
The next thing you know 13 button trousers will be back in fashion.
Last set I had were genuine Hong Kong Sharkskin, with a zipper (inside) and had silk(?) lining along with the Sharkskin Jumper with silk lining and dragons on the inner cuffs.
Also ‘great’ were the bell bottom dungaree working uniform with patch pockets.
One kept me warm very well in the Navy.
I have a lightweight jacket that I got from Walmart 24 years ago for probably $16. The flanel lining is starting to fray but it’s rarely that cold.
I wore a pea jacket in those brutal Michigan winters in grade school in the early 1950s.
Oh...*pea* coats. I thought maybe you had cats.
That’s why I gave the red coat away ... I also had a faux-suede jacket that I used much more often, and I felt bad about having a warm coat hanging in the closet unused. (For one thing, I couldn’t get it buttoned when I was pregnant, which is practically all the time ;-).
I must be a trendsetter. I have one that I’ve worn since 2006.
I travel to Europe frequently. One thing I always notice is that most of folks in most of the EU countries dress in dark clothes. Also, most of their cars are dark or non descript. Without a doubt, they have been depressed for a long time.
Well, mine is a real Pea Coat issued by the U.S. Navy. It is so heavy that I can barely move in it, but oh so warm. 25 yo and looks like new.
My father’s WWII Navy Pea Coat was the finest Coat I’ve ever had.
Have both my peacoat and overcoat from my Navy days...but I need to get my gold officer buttons changed out for black and get the epaulet (sp?) holders removed in order not to stand out too much...
As to the hats someone was mentioning I’ve been looking for a good place to get one in the area. Hardly anything worthwhile that I can find so far.
My 22 year old just bought one ...
and I might add he looked very handsome.
The first thing I said when I saw him was
“I had one of those when I was your age - very classic”.
Might be true of clothing but certainly not of cars, in France, Italy, even England. Garish, Fisher-Price colors have always been popular. In London, I thought it might be due to the frequent grey overcast weather and fog, looking for a little cheer or even visibility. Germans are sort of dour, but seem partial to silver, maybe because it’s their national color for auto racing. Never travelled to Scandinavia, though. Are they partial to dark colors? Japanese are very preferential toward white cars for some reason.
I got mine back in the 80’s, finally threw it out last year when I realized I would never have that body back again.
I had a Navy surplus knee length pea coat in the late 60’s. The wool was so dense that I would sweat if the temperature was above 10 degrees. Had a lot of winter days like in Chicago back then.
My husband acquired his the old fashioned way.....from the Navy :)
I’ve had several pea coats (jacket length) over the years. My camel one wore out a few years back and I just bought a black one on sale.
It’s versatile. You can dress it up with a nice silk scarf and dress it down with a wool plaid scarf so it looks equally suitable with dress slacks and jeans.
One thing that’s all the rage are boots (for women) with high heels. They look great on young people, but not for someone as seasoned as I am.