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Womens Pea-Coats - Where Utilitarian Style Meets Classic Femininity.

Updated on January 18, 2010

I'm what you would call an oxymoron - I love fashion but I'm not very fashionable.

Great at dressing everyone else in my small circle; I fail miserably when it comes time to dress myself.

No matter what I do, I never seem to get it right.

* A Small Glimmer Of Hope.

While sitting at my doctor's office today; leafing through the December 21st 2009 issue of People magazine, how thrilled was I to find that women's pea-coats were considered the hot fashion trend of this winter.

At last! - I had finally gotten something right. Being the owner of several pea-coats myself, I've always considered this jacket/coat to be the most classic piece of outerwear any woman should have in her closet.

* The History Of The Pea-Coat..

Surprisingly enough, the pea-coat has a very interesting history.

According to the Webster's Encyclopedia Unabridged Dictionary, the pea-coat (the term originating in America around 1715-25) "is a short coat of thick wool, usually double-breasted and navy in color," posessing at least six to eight shiny brass buttons, and has been around for over 300 years!

"Originally worn by European navies as a cold weather uniform; most notably the Dutch and the British during the 18th century, the term 'pea-coat' comes from the Dutch word pij- which is the type of cloth commonly used in the production of the coat." - TheSoko.com - The Perfection Of The Pea-Coat.

Though the coat originated in Europe, it became part of the United States navy's official dress as well by the early 20th century. In addition, it's usefulness was widely appreciated by fishermen and other seamen as well.

Who knew that a jacket of this caliber would make it's way into the fashion world of today.

 

* Where Utilitarian Style Meets Classic Femininity.

What is so great about the women's pea-coat, is it's unique style combinations.

In addition to being utilitarian in nature (in other words it's simple yet practical), at the same token, the women's pea-coat is very classic and feminine.

Designed much like the original, the women's pea-coat a.) complements just about any shape, b.) is extremely versatile, and c.) depending on the jacket's material; with layers of clothing (or sans layers) can be worn anytime, anywhere, any season.

* Women's Pea-Coat, Great For The Fashionably Challenged.

Whether you dress it up or dress it down, it's impossible to go wrong with a pea-coat.

Layer it with a cute blouse, tank-top or sweater and pair it with your favorite jeans, a pair of dress causal slacks, or a skirt - be it pencil, flare, or a line-skirt - add the appropriate footwear, and Viola! You've got a perfectly stylish outfit that will make you feel and look like a fashion genius....even it you aren't one.

It's definitely a coat for the fashionably challenged.

Tip: (To take the look to another level, add a bright swanky scarf, some cute accessories, and your ready to go).

So if it's a simple, classic, practical style your looking to achieve, a pea-coat is a must have.

Easy to style; easy to wear; it's the one classic piece of that should be added to every woman's wardrobe.

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    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by ListLady. I concur.....I have always hated shopping - at least for myself. There's something about a peacoat that makes putting together an outfit that much easier. Thanks for the rating.

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      TheListLady 

      7 years ago from New York City

      I hate to shop and as a result I am a bit of a mess. Sigh. But I would love a pea coat - especially the chocolate one you have listed. I suppose I should treat myself or fix myself up...or something.

      Thanks for a hub I enjoyed reading. This makes shopping easy. Rated up.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for stopping by wordscribe. I was ecstatic when I found out that I finally got something right this time around! :)

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      wordscribe41 

      8 years ago

      I'm exactly the same way, Veronica. I love fashion, but not always the most fashionable gal. But, I do love peacoats. I have a camel hair now that I practically live in. It's so warm and cute. And flattering, which really helps these days. :) Glad all is well with you.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks fastfreta for stopping by anyway. I guess that beautiful weather in California wouldn't call for a coat on too many occasions. :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      I have not worn a coat for over 35 years, however I did find this hub to be very interesting and enlightening.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Hello,hello for stopping by - the pea-coat is definetly one of my favorite pieces of outerwear.

      BkCreative - Brrrrr.... and I've been complaining about our 40 degree weather here in Georgia. I see we've got it easy. My husband is a native of N.Y. and he just told me yesterday that the cold weather here in Georgia doesn't compare to the cold in N.Y. and I see why. A wool pea-coat would be right up your alley right now. Keep warm and toasty, and thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Love the pea coats - especially the red one and the chocolate! It's just too much work for me to think about fashion and I hate to shop but a hub like this at least makes the shopping a bit easier.

      Thanks for the information! It's 19 degrees in NYC today - yesterday 17 with wind chills making it feel near zero - one of these coats would be nice about right now!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      They are definitely great and thank you for showing.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, Creativeone59 - that's was fast, I just published this. I think pea-coats are so classic, and work great for every woman. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks Veronica for a very interesting hub, I didn't know about the pea coats. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

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