The Coat You Need For That Winter Holiday

Origin? An army uniform. And no. It doesn’t have a camouflage print

Nina Ricci
20 Sep 2015

Nina Ricci

Chloe
20 Sep 2015

Chloe

Michael Kors
20 Sep 2015

Michael Kors

Saint Laurent
20 Sep 2015

Saint Laurent

Nina Ricci
20 Sep 2015

Nina Ricci

Michael Kors
20 Sep 2015

Michael Kors

Michael Kors
20 Sep 2015

Michael Kors

Reefer coat in wool, by Valentino
20 Sep 2015

Reefer coat in wool, by Valentino

Reefer coat, $6,060, by Saint Laurent
20 Sep 2015

Reefer coat, $6,060, by Saint Laurent

Based on the military uniform of the US Navy, this double-breasted pea coat in a dark blue hue is as classic as a leather motorcycle jacket or a black blazer. (Fashion trivia: The other popular fashion item based on a navy uniform is the marinière — or the Breton striped top — taken from the French.)

Also known as a reefer jacket, its seafaring iterations on the runway this Fall/Winter showed how versatile the cover-up can be. A floor-sweeping pea coat opened the show at Chloé, paired with a silk blouse and the brand’s ubiquitous long black scarf, while at Saint Laurent it got punked up with leather pants.

At Nina Ricci, the coat was cut wider and paired with a barely-there lace skirt - a look that’s wonderfully easy to replicate yourself. Meanwhile, Michael Kors put the piece on a pedestal — with brass-buttoned midi-skirts, embellished sleeves and our favourite look: A classic reefer coat over a brocade tunic and wide pants bunched up at the bottom for a tomboy evening look that feels completely of-the-moment. 

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