I’ve been in the market for a new peacoat ever since moving back to the San Francisco bay area. It’s kind of a prerequisite for winter, and as much as I love the traditional navy blue, I decided to go with a charcoal grey to coordinate with the oodles black we San Franciscans wear. Top of my list was the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, specifically the Trunk Club edition, which was a charcoal grey with the most fantastic appointments of leather and details. A tougher find, the charcoal color was a limited edition (although they currently sell it in other colors). The Bond coat is actually featured in the James Bond Skyfall movie, although the name originated from the flagship

Paul Smith Double-Breasted Peacoat $1,605 from Park & Bond Burberry Trim Fit Peacoat $1,595 from Nordstrom Belstaff Hermald Peacoat $785 from Barneys DIESEL Wittor Trim Fit Peacoat $350 from Nordstrom With Fall already here, the desire for a new favorite jacket has captured me. Maybe it’s the San Francisco in me, but I have always been a fan of the Peacoat. The mist and fog over the sound in Seattle evokes that mariner feeling, and a classic peacoat has a truly manly merchant look and keep you warm through the winter. In my search, I have stumbled across many twists on the classic peacoat look, but here are my favorites. Oh, and a few rules to consider when picking out

A huge fan. A black v-neck sweater, whether merino wool, cashmere, or a blend- but it must be slim fitting! I saw it pulled off very gracefully and beautifully on a somewhat recent episode of Mad Men and I have been hooked ever since. The key pivotal ingredient is the white button collar dress shirt and a nice pair of patterned black and white or grey slacks. It also works well with a black and white gingham shirt (i have one in mind, and in my closet, from Shipley and Halmos) or some other patterned shirt and solid slacks. For the classic look, pick a shallow V-neck, one that allows the collar to pop, but stays folded in the sweater