The distinctive pea coat is one of five classic styles of coat that will shield any man from the slings and arrows of outrageous fashion trends. But don’t just take our word for it. We spoke with Mike Cirker, CEO of US outerwear giant Alpha Industries, about the staying power of the pea coat.

Cirker on why a 16th-century design has endured: “The pea coat is unchanged because they got it right the first time, and there’s no reason to improve it.”

Cirker on what makes the pea coat so great: “It’s about aesthetics, durability and function. It has a clean formal line, with a narrow waist and flip-back, and the wide shoulders make you look large and powerful. Of all the natural fibres, the heavy wool used for pea coats the best in protecting the wearer from the wind and water spray. And it’s functional – the oversize lapel protects you from the elements, and being double-breasted adds an extra layer of wool for heat protection.”

How Cirker wears his pea coat: “A pea coat can be formal in its practical simplicity. You can wear it on top of a blazer or business suit as an overcoat. I wear mine with a hoodie, sneakers and jeans.”

Convinced the pea coat is for you? Then sail down the page to see our latest recommendations and click to buy.

Reiss

Thought we’d start with a classic navy style, did ya? You didn’t count on Reiss going wild with a Herringbone weave fabric, while keeping the distinctive lapels and shape. £325, buy on reiss.com

Pretty Green

If even the thought of the navy makes you seasick, try this army jacket with epaulettes and military-inspired detailing by Liam Gallagher’s clothing label. This could almost be an original vintage design if not for the branding. £200, buy on prettygreen.com

Ted Baker

Now we come to the type of pea coat you’re probably familiar with, but Ted Baker adds quirky detailing, like the printed leaf lining, and functional extras in the shape of the D-ring collar to help protect from the cold. £329 (£263.20 at time of writing), buy on tedbaker.com

Jigsaw

Turned off by designers fiddling with a classic? Then turn to this luxurious version of the iconic style which will look great with denim and your favourite sweater. £280, buy on jigsaw-online.com

Burton

This smart, eminently affordable wool-blend version by high-street label Burton has a relaxed fit so it will work well over a suit. Be quick, though – we don’t imagine it’ll be around for long at this price. £85, buy on burton.co.uk

Gloverall

This traditional style boasts traditional anchor buttons, but a modern slim fit. It’s made in England from 100% wool, so we’d bet the farm that this pea coat ages well. £375, buy on gloverall.com

Scotch and Soda

If everything thus far has been a bit stuffy for your tastes, make a statement with a bold pairing of tartan and gold buttons. £264.95, buy on scotch-soda.com

Éditions MR

Add a little sophistication to your wardrobe – and a little cashmere to your coat – with this upmarket Parisian number. £470, buy on matchesfashion.com

Neil Barrett

This jacket is made in Italy by the British designer and includes notch lapels, silk lining and subtle navy-on-navy chevrons on the arms. £1,195, buy on matchesfashion.com

Schott

The iconic American company turns in a traditional version of the iconic US Navy pea coat. It doesn’t get much more authentic than this. £350, buy on matchesfashion.com

Alpha Industries

As you discovered above, Alpha Industries has a lot of love for the pea coat and its lightweight version is great for the autumn. £169.50, buy on alphaindustries.de

Original Penguin

Think of one word that describes what you want in a pea coat. If that word is “timeless”,get your clicking finger ready. The throwback label once worn by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby delivers a straight-from-a-time-capsule design. £190, buy on houseoffraser.com

Gap

Gap is always good for wardrobe essentials and this tailored jacket, available in navy and grey, offers an unfussy contemporary fit. £119.95, buy on gap.co.uk