There are two things that will never go out of fashion with men; that’s women and peacoats. The timeless peacoat has gone through history, war, film, business, church, and clothed naked female flashers ever since anyone could remember time and clothing. The peacoat is the one piece of clothing that would never ever need to be innovated and on some level, may never need to be washed. The peacoat is the legendary chain mail that armors every modern knight.
The peacoat in the past, future, and present. From Left to Right: Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes, Sam Worthington in Terminator Salvation, and Josh Hartnett in Wicker Park
Throughout history, the peacoat has been used to clothe generals, knights, fancy gentlemen. It has climbed down the ages hugging the shoulders of Manhattan’s elite, being a controversial sign of rebellion, mystery, depth. As it’s tail ends ride the silent winds, it is nothing more than a sign of a hero and adventurer.
Peacoats in movies. Left to Right: Gaspard Ulliel in Hannibal Rising, Wesley Snipes in Blade, Matthew Mcfaden in Pride and Prejudice, Keanu Reeves in Matrix
Where would the world be without the peacoat? There, of course, are other coat staples that have come and gone, and now are hidden in select regions and clicks:
The leather jacket: The leather jacket blew up in the 80’s when punk rock erupted with bands like The Ramones and The Clash. The leather jacket was of short length and tight fitting. Where is it now, but worn by retired motorcyclist, simply fulfilling their ever continuing image of a renegade attitude.
The Puff Jacket: The puff jacket exploded in the 90’s with hip hop artist like Timberland, Snoop Dogg, and even Aliyah. The puff jacket was worn by both genders. Where is it now? Snowboarders.
The anorak, the vest, the suit, the sports coat, the sway jacket, no one stand the shivering cold wearing these articles. And perhaps, other than the sports coat and the suit, where are they other than slowly inching themselves from the 90’s.
Peacoats in comics and animation. From left to right: Sephiroth from Final Fantasy, Gambit from Marvel Comics, Grifter from Image Comics
No other coat holds onto the shoulders like a peacoat. No other coat has enough fabric to survive several feet of snow and still look stylish. No other coat is more stylish. No other coat is more mandatory and essential to any integral man. If by any chance someone robs a bank, tries to take over the world, or holds a blonde back arching female damsel in distress, no one is more qualified to save the day, than a man in a peacoat.
This has been a tribute for peacoats.
What’s your favorite coat? Favorite peacoat protagonist or antigonist and movies?