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Words by Mr Peter Henderson

Although it's a bold assertion, there is truth in the statement that no man looks bad in the right peacoat. With its military origins, flattering cut and balanced design, this style of coat is a dependable wardrobe classic that has remained in fashion for decades - and is unlikely to go anywhere soon. Indeed, designers from Valentino to Paul Smith, by way of Alexander McQueen and Gucci, have included them in their AW12 collections, and here at the MR PORTER offices our main consolation now that summer is fading is that we'll soon be able to reach for our peacoats. Click through the gallery above to see a handful of men who have worn them well, and to learn more about the origins of this enduring style staple.