How I wear my cosy pea coat

How I wear my cosy pea coat

Winter has definitely arrived here in the UK and the chill wind doth blow. It is time to wrap up in thick sweaters and warm coats. The grey coat I am wearing in the photo is by Gerard Darel. I bought it last year in a small boutique in our village in France. J.Crew have a similar one this season. The jacket is modelled on the classic pea coat/reefer jacket. A style that I consider a very useful workhorse. “Reefers” were originally designed for sailors.  They are usually made of wool and are therefore substantial enough to keep the coldest of winds at bay.

I have teamed mine with a pair of wide velvet trousers from MandS(USA link). They are a new purchase this season. I love the soft drape of velvet (very forgiving on the curves). I intend to wear these during the day and to dress them up for evening by substituting the cream polo neck for a silk shirt and some statement jewellery.

SHOWN ABOVE: Refer jacket similar // similar cream turtle neck sweaters // wide velvet trousers // hat // necklace.


Necklace by Hobbs. This years versions here. 

detail-of-velvet-trousersAll photos by Laura Hines. Follow her on Instagram.

It is a little difficult to see the detail of the velvet trousers in the photo. They are a soft deep navy with a short pile and subtle shimmer.




Linking up to Notdressedaslamb “How to dress for a cold day in a London park”


  1. Sue
    14th November 2016 / 14:30

    I love that both velvet and wide leg trousers are back! (That statement shows my age!)

    • 14th November 2016 / 16:34

      Hi Sue
      I remember them from the first time round too!!

  2. kathryn
    14th November 2016 / 14:40

    Hope you are feeling better.

    I love the polo necks, a favourite of mine. I liked your leather biker jacket. One problem for me and maybe for others is how each season to know what to throw out and what will blend with new purchases. As you get older it is so easy to have favourite pieces and to get a little stuck in an era, while not knowing how to update one’s style. Your blog is excellent for inspiration, by the way. A little help with what to keep (and therefore, what to let go) would be most helpful. Thanks.

    • 14th November 2016 / 16:28

      Hi Kathryn
      A good question. I will add the subject to my draft posts to remind me. Maybe January would be a good time to address this issue.

  3. Viv Butler
    14th November 2016 / 16:16

    Aah, Gerard Darel, can’t go wrong, love the brand. Very much admire your fedora, but unfortunately a hat leaves me with terrible ‘hat hair’! So can’t remove my hat until I get home. Any suggestions apart from a thicker head of hair ?

    • 14th November 2016 / 16:26

      Hi Viv
      Luckily I have quite thick hair. I use a very good Shu Uemura texturising foam before I dry my hair. This seems to give it extra bounce and fullness.

      • Viv Butler
        15th November 2016 / 11:38

        Thank you Josephine, l’ll give it a try.

  4. 14th November 2016 / 18:38

    Enjoying the wide leg trousers again, needing to get some in my wardrobe suitable for Winter. What a cosy roll neck jumper, super colour for the cooler weather. Jacqui

  5. 15th November 2016 / 17:41

    Love your pea coat – I fell in love with a similar one a couple of weeks back and am still dreaming of it…will it find it’s way into my closet???

    xx Yvonne

    • 16th November 2016 / 07:50

      Welcome Yvonne and thank you for your comment

  6. Anne
    16th November 2016 / 00:50

    I am moved to finally post my first comment, after a year of lurking: I *love* the jacket, and the overall look. Inspiring.

  7. 20th November 2016 / 23:51

    I love that you’re wearing velvet trousers for daytime! Great look all around!

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