I believe firmly that we can all learn from History. In terms of cold-weather attire for the male of the species, History shows us (if nothing else) that oh, I do so love a good pea coat. In RL, I have a calf-length pea coat in a wonderful foresty green, with burnt-orange liningâ€”not exactly traditional, but really quite handsome. In SL, on the other hand, I have…well, not just one but two more. At least. Three (or possibly more) pea coats should surely be enough, at least one would think so; yet how could I resist one more? As it turns out, I could not.
The object of my yielded-to temptation is this very fine pea coat by Amerie Spitteler. It seems almost unnecessary to enumerate its almost-mundane components parts: jacket-layer base garment, sculpted collar, epaulets, cuffs, and bottom hem. And yet it’s from base elements (pigment, paper, wood, stone) that art is ultimately made. The fabric texture is finely painted and beyond reproach; the silhouette is clean and flattering; no detail has been overlooked.
The jacket-layer garment is cleverly detailed with a full bottom hem that most of the time will remain hidden discreetly beneath the sculpted hem attachment. However, it is sufficiently detailed to “come to the rescue” should your avatar to unnatural effect eclipse the sculpted hem for some reason, say due to a particular pose or AO animation. (This is similar to the “glitch pants” familiar to the female of the species, intended for wear with flexi skirts that may not always provide complete coverage.) The sculpted collar spreads gracefully wide, and cuffs and buttoned-down epaulets provide handsome finishing touches.
Unlike the otherwise similarÂ pea coat from SF Design, this one has a bottom hem section Â that’s sculpted rather than flexi, the better to sportÂ big, shiny prim buttons, sturdily stitched in place. This piece has a realistic shape that falls naturally over a reasonably sized posterior (there was no need for me to resort to my “butt size zero” alternate shape) without looking oversized or bulky. My only wishful observation is that, because no closed version is included, the coat can only be worn open. But this seems a minor grumble indeed, and it’s not to be taken seriously.
In solid Brown and Black and checked Gray, Red and Violet, L$250 each. At AMERIE Men (AMERIE 216, 78, 26).