The pea coat was introduced as military wear by the British Royal Navy in the 18th century, and was first mentioned in a uniform manual in 1731. The U.S. made it part of its navys uniform in the late 19th century.
Who wears a peacoat?
The pea coat was originally used as a military piece of clothing, more specifically for the navy. The Dutch navy created the pea coat in the 1800s as part of the navy uniform, and that is where the name originates from - “pije” means coarse wool in Dutch, the fabric used to make the pea coat.
Can I wear a long coat if Im short?
Longer coats work best on longer people, shorter coats on shorter people. Of course if you live somewhere that gets super cold, who cares if youre short and the coat swamps you – at least youll be warm (which in the end is the most important thing when youre in sub zero temperatures).
Can your dress be longer than your coat?
You can certainly wear a shorter coat with a long dress, it just will not look as elegant as wearing a longer style. A short coat paired with a longer dress tends to create the illusion you have outgrown your clothing. Shorter coats look better with blouses or tops worn alongside jeans or dress pants.