I have been thinking of this style of jacket for some time but have seen some ill fitting disasters on the streets and even on the models hired to sell them for online shops. My final decision was made by none other than Daniel Craig in Skyfall, his was dark and really nicely fitted to his body, I surely would look like this if I could get the cut and fit correct. Like much of my wardrobe of late I go for a slightly higher price or quality of make to get more life out of a garment rather than the fast fashion counterparts. I did look at Next as sometimes it can be worth a look even though the quality is not always there, the only style they had was high priced due to a label and had a mocked inner lining therefore not a true Peacoat. I am not sure where this mock inner comes from but it looks terrible and ruins the shape and reasoning behind the coat's design and function. I settled for an Arlen Peacoat in a dark navy purchased from the team at Thread, the online store and stylist site. This item is exclusive with the store and I do like that thinking when it comes to shopping, I know, but it works for me.
When I first saw the coat though it was exactly as I mentioned earlier, the model was too slim for the coat he was given for the photo and looked boxy and ill fitting. This did put me off but after some thought, and the option of a free return, I ordered it anyway and I am glad I did. It has a perfect snug fit and keeps to my general shape. It looks great with a shirt and room enough for an extra layer if required. Even though you will not find me joining the Navy or even travelling on a boat anytime soon, you will however see me in this double breasted coat for many winters to come.