A peacoat or peajacket is a outer coat, generally
of a navy-colored heavy
wool, originally worn by
sailors of European navies. Peacoats are characterized by
broad lapels, double-breasted fronts, and vertical or slash
P Coat Commonly referred
to as "Pea Coat". Double-breasted, navy blue worsted
wool overcoat originally designed in the early 20th century
for use by US Navy personnel. Called a "Pea Coat"
due to the material that the coats are made from. The wool
was referred to as "Pilot Cloth", but then became
known as P-Cloth, hence the name "Pea Coat." They
are recognizable by the characteristic "anchor"
buttons and wide, rounded
lapels. The style is considered a classic, and P coats are
now worn in the United States by all manner of individuals.
Note that few of the jackets seen on the street are genuine
United States Navy surplus; being a classic garment, it
is frequently available from retailers in the USA, though
often with small design changes that reflect the current
tendencies of the day.
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