How to Wear a Scarf with a Pea Coat

A pea coat and scarf is a classic cold-weather combination and a practical look for crisp winter days. Because these coats have large, wide-set lapels, wearing a scarf with a pea coat is crucial to keep warm and aren’t a purely aesthetic addition. We’ll explain how to wear both confidently.

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Pea coat by Todd Snyder during NYFW

What is a Pea Coat?

A pea coat is a double-breasted outer coat, often made of navy or dark-colored wools. It has originally worn by sailors in the European and American navies and retains crisp military-inspired tailoring.  Pea coats are short, usually hip-length, with broad lapels, two rows of prominent metal or plastic buttons, and vertical pockets.

Depending on the climate, pea coats can be worn in the fall, winter, and spring. They’re a great casual look for men of a thin to average build. (Avoid double-breasted jackets if you’ve got a belly as they add thickness and emphasis the waist).

Pea coats are also a menswear classic so feel free to invest in one with high-quality fabric that fits you well, it won’t be going out of style anytime soon. Less formal than a long winter coat but more professional than a ski jacket, a pea coat is an important addition to your winter wardrobe.


What Scarf Matches a Pea Coat?

Knowing how to wear a scarf with a pea coat begins from selecting your scarf for the pairing. As pea coats are for cold weather, pick a scarf made for similarly cool temperatures. Look for scarves made of cashmere, wool, alpaca, or a silk-wool blend.

In terms of style, guys tend towards dark and plain designs to match their coat. However, if you’re feeling bold, think outside the box and go for bright colored or patterned scarves instead. It will add a spot of color that’s normally missing from winter outerwear.

How to Wear a Scarf with a Pea Coat

This is a classic look so no need to overthink it. Pea coats already have a tailored, military-inspired structure so you can complement that by keeping your scarf simple and neat or contrast with a looser, more casual scarf.

How to Wear a Folded Scarf


This is a classic look that matches well to the pea coat’s military-style. You’ll need a longer scarf, that you can fold and tuck tidily into the neck of your coat. This works well with most woven or knitted wool winter scarves.

  1. Start by folding the scarf in half.
  2. Lay the folded scarf across the back of your neck and over the front of your shoulders so the folded side makes a loop.
  3. Insert the two loose ends into the loop and tighten it up until it feels comfortable.

How to Wear a Wrapped Scarf


Wrapping or looping the scarf around your neck will give your look a looser, more casual feel. This look works well with oversized scarves or lighter materials you want to puff up for an airier feel.

How many times you need to loop it depends on the length of the scarf, generally you will not want the ends of your scarf hanging below the end of your jacket.

The goal is to get your scarf to fill in the area around your neck without getting too bulky. If it’s windy, tuck the ends of your scarf into your jacket to keep everything in place.

How to Wear a Loose Scarf


If you want to know how to wear a scarf with a pea coat more for style purposes than warmth, wearing a loose scarf under your coat’s collar can be a good way to add color and personality. This also works well with the coat open. Just make sure that the scarf is the same length or slightly shorter than the coat and the colors match well.

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