Navy peacoat outfit with striped tee - une femme d'un certain âge

A simple, modern look with a navy peacoat

Susan B. wears a velveteen navy peacoat, navy striped tee, slim jeans, and metallic detail oxfords.

More often than not, the simplest outfits are the ones I like the best. The trick is remembering to get out of my own way, and not overthink it. 😆 A navy peacoat and striped tee is kind of a no-brainer, but it works.

earrings (similar) | tee | jacket (similar) | bracelet (similar) | jeans | shoes (similar)

This outfit might be a bit more appropriate for spring than winter, but we had a few warm days last week and I’ve been champing at the bit to wear this velveteen peacoat. I purchased it in Milan last fall from WHYCI Milano, and it’s a perfect weight for several months out of the year in Southern California.

I really liked what I saw at the WHYCI boutique. Their styles hit that sweet spot of “simple, but with interesting details.” I tried on a lot of pieces, and found several contenders, but narrowed it down to this jacket and a lightweight sweater with fringe at the neckline & pockets. I’ll be keeping this brand on my radar.

I decided to go easy on the jewelry, and let the jacket and shoes be the focal points. So I chose a bolder earring (similar), watch, and hinged cuff bracelet (similar).

I love the swing shape of this peacoat! To balance the volume, I went with a slim ankle jean. The tee and jeans are from (you guessed it) my January wardrobe capsule. I find I’m reaching for either the striped tops or the v-neck cashmere sweater most days. We’re not going much of anywhere at the moment, so simple (and comfortable) works.

Remember when peacoats (especially navy) were a staple for many brands? (I’m looking at you 👀, J.Crew…) They’re a little more elusive this season, but here are a few options:

Detail: Clergerie "Rayane" slip-on oxford shoes.

I bought these Clergerie shoes in 2016 during a visit to NYC, and they’re still a favorite! A metallic (or animal print) shoe really zhushes up a simple outfit. (This style is currently offered in black.)

Do you have a peacoat in your wardrobe? Do you still wear it?

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21 Comments

  1. Marcia
    January 17, 2022 / 6:18 am

    I’m loving today’s outfit. Would give my eye teeth for that jacket. It is not easy to find a jacket with the right proportions for a petite, but yours looks perfect. And those shoes are fabulous.

  2. Lisa G
    January 17, 2022 / 6:21 am

    I am loving this group of posts around your capsule wardrobe of navy! So refreshing and classic but still cool.

  3. Jane
    January 17, 2022 / 6:26 am

    Agree with Marcia. Love this look! I follow several similar blogs, but yours are the one I open first and I’m never disappointed.

  4. Joan
    January 17, 2022 / 6:33 am

    Do you have any favorite no-show socks, Susan? Love the peacoat and outfit, as a whole! Wish I did not have to wear orthopedic inserts in all my shoes (bunions, high arch, need a lot of cushioning)! It cuts out a lot of great shoes!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 17, 2022 / 6:51 am

      Hi Joan, thanks! The best ones I’ve found are from Smartwool: no-show socks

      • Joan
        January 17, 2022 / 8:28 am

        Thank you!

    • Kami
      January 17, 2022 / 7:55 am

      I love Bombas no-show socks, and I’ve tried many brands. They are not bulky and don’t slide at the heel. They also donate a pair of socks for every sock purchased! I machine wash but air dry so the no slip coating on the heel doesn’t degrade.

      • Joan
        January 17, 2022 / 8:29 am

        Thank you!

  5. Jean
    January 17, 2022 / 7:05 am

    You look amazing! You look so great in those colors!

  6. Linda B
    January 17, 2022 / 7:10 am

    Those shoes are my favorite part of this ensemble. They hit the sweet spot between style and comfort for sure!

  7. January 17, 2022 / 8:17 am

    Love that velveteen texture and sheen here.

  8. Mary Alice
    January 17, 2022 / 8:32 am

    About 15 years ago I bought a MaxMara peacoat for what was then a crazy amount of money for me. I have to say, it is the best purchase I ever made. I wear it nonstop between November and March, it’s just as beautiful as the day I brought it home, and it makes me happy every time I slip it on. At this point, the cost per wear is probably about a nickel! Truly, the definition of investment shopping!

  9. Eve
    January 17, 2022 / 8:37 am

    One of the things I miss most from my navy days is the great pea coat and raincoat we had. I still think it would work. These pieces like this are timeless. I wouldn’t have been allowed the great shoes though. LOL You look great.

  10. Cheryl
    January 17, 2022 / 8:53 am

    I opened the WHYCI website and their clothes are just beautiful! And I love the layout…black and white photos until you touch one, then it colorizes.
    The model for the Fall2020 collection is gorgeous!!!! Her facial bone structure!!! Wow!
    I follow several fashion/lifestyle blogs. Yours continues to be my favorite. Always stylish clothes with a bit of an edge. Makes me push my conservative (nun-like?) instincts. Keep it going.
    Thank you.

  11. Christine Jensen
    January 17, 2022 / 9:07 am

    Sterlingwear in Boston is a little known manufacture but makes a great peacoat – after all it makes the peacoat for the US Navy. The coats are only sold at the shop or on the website, I found them years ago through either the NYT or WSJ.. I think its product website is down right now – and there’s a notice that due to increased military orders there is a shipping delay. They are impeccably made of a tightly woven wool and wears like iron. The original style is a little boxy but there also more fitted styles.

    • Carol
      January 17, 2022 / 10:25 am

      FYI: Yelpers report that Sterlingwear of Boston has closed.

      • Christine Jensen
        January 17, 2022 / 10:32 am

        Nooo…. Thanks for the update. Its Facebook page is still active – must be selling off inventory.

  12. January 17, 2022 / 10:41 am

    I love the idea of zhushing up a simple outfit with shoes, Susan. What type of socks do you wear with this shoes style? With booties?

  13. Marilyn
    January 17, 2022 / 11:23 am

    After reading your newsletters over several years, I have noticed you often wear AG jeans in different washes and styles. I’m searching for a jean brand that I can go to without hours of fitting. And now it seems the latest is to take the stretch out and make the denim heavier. Really not good for me. I’m older, haven’t gained weight but the waistline is disappearing!
    Suggestions?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 17, 2022 / 11:35 am

      Hi Marilyn, if you prefer some stretch in your denim, check out Chico’s (I especially like their “Girlfriend” jeans) as well as NYDJ, and my favorite AG (some styles/washes have more stretch than others). I’ve always had a short/thick waist, and find mid-rise styles more comfortable for me than high rise.

      • Joan
        January 17, 2022 / 1:19 pm

        My 2 cents: I have a TOUGH time finding flattering and comfortable jeans, w/ a thick waist, moderate tummy & flat bottom and have had the most success with Chico’s So Slimming collection (quite stretchy and forgiving).

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