Daniel Craig’s insistence on wearing his own personal peacoat from Billy Reid in the upcoming Bond installment, SkyFall, has been making waves around the internet for weeks now, but what’s worth noting above and beyond the fact that Mr. Craig actually knows how to dress himself is that the peacoat, much like Mr. Craig, is the sort of strong silent type that you’ll find yourself wanting to wear day in, day out, with absolutely everything else you own. Still not convinced? Like Q demonstrating the killing power of his newest toothpick or pocket rocket, allow us to show you 5 ways to look simply deadly in a peacoat.
The Modern Way
Designers like Phillip Lim and Raf Simons have been tinkering with the destroyer ship of outerwear for years, adding leather sleeves, shortening the hem, or turning peacoats into something like a foul weather straight jacket. Burberry London’s version keeps everything that works (mainly the overall, double breasted, peaked lapel, structure) and adds leather accents at the pockets and under collar while also substantially slimming it all down by switching the traditional heavy melton wool for cotton moleskin. Paired with slim denim and fresh sneaks this is one of the few remaining instances where collar popping is encouraged.
The Continental Way
As pointed out before, French designer, Alexandre Mattiusi, really hit his stride with his new Fall line and this coat is one of the centerpieces. Long peacoat, short top coat, who knows or cares when it’ll make you look this good. The rich, brown, glen plaid tweed paired with red or orange sweaters and seasonally audacious white denim will get you noticed no matter which bank of the Seine you’re on.
The Brokeback Way
Somewhere between his nasal, sour pussiness on Project Runway and his collection after collection of white turtle necks and mirrored aviators intended to be worn exclusively on the walk back from helicopters, Michael Kors and I agreed to disagree, but the maker of mid range, suburban status, mom bags really surprised me with this number. The gutsy large buffalo check brings back just enough of the open range with it, while the tonal color combination keeps it from looking like a table cloth or a gameshow host’s sportscoat.
The Brando Way
Sure Brando is in no way wearing a peacoat in this picture and as far as I know he never did, but with the popped collar, the tousled hair, and his fondness for embracing salty male archetypes early in his career, he really should be. And if he had, he definitely would have worn one from Schott. Their nearly bullet proof wool and leather jackets have been on the backs of delinquents and nogoodniks since 1913 and this version with it’s slimmed down fit, red lining, and subtle leather piping actually manages to improve upon the original. Also worth noting is that somewhere between the Brando way and the continental way is also The Camus Way.
The Napoleonic Veteran Way
Just like the wee emperor’s Russian campaign, this is not for the faint of heart. Yes, the higher button stance and gold buttons can get a bit costumey but rather than that tricorn hat you were thinking of pairing it up with, why not try slim flannel trousers and chelsea boots? Thom Browne’s version is that perfect length in between a blazer and traditional outerwear that keeps the bulky extra fabric to a minimum while still still keeping your hiney safe from the elements.
Evan Widhu is a Men’s Wear Buyer in New York. He’s been attempting the Camus way ever since art school.