Wool coats have a variety of benefits over other natural fiber or synthetic coats. You can wear one in the rain without worry, so long as you give it the proper care once you're out of the rain.
The jacket above is not a wool jacket, but it's completely waterproof and is made out of a synthetic fabric that looks somewhat wool-like. Basically, if you get caught in a sudden rain shower, it ...
Wool coats have a variety of benefits over other natural fibre or synthetic coats. You can wear one in the rain without worry, so long as you give it the proper care once you're out of the rain. Wool is somewhat water-repellent; small amounts of liquid as in a light rain may simply roll off wool coats.
A modern coat is softer, lighter, cheaper to produce, and can have better style and fit than the old pea coats did, but it may not compare in terms of wet weather durability. Moreover, the wool fabrics of Navy peacoats were typically long fiber merino wool, which didn't pill much in wear, if at all, even when wet.
I have a confession: I don't own a rain coat. I wear a 100% wool coat out with an umbrella, but that's because I don't spend a lot of time standing in the rain! From my experience, you'll be just fine. I would suggest getting your coat drycleaned every season, though. DO NOT handwash woven fabrics, ever. Also, let it dry before putting it away!!
I have worn wool and wool blend coats in the rain plenty of times and experienced no ill effects. There's a reason the Navy wears wool pea coats. Unless cashmere does something really weird in the rain (does it? I've never owned any cashmere before) or it's raining paint, I can't see why you'd need to scotch guard.
I'll be in Scotland from Dec 27-Jan 1 (starting in NYC, then Scot, then Northern Ireland, then Boston) and am going to be hitting Edinburgh, Skye and Inverness.I'm trying to plan appropriate clothes, but am stymied on my outermost layer. I have a nice full-length wool coat with Thermolite lining that I was thinking I'd bring, but I don't know what to do about the rain.
I'm about to go out and it's kinda chilly so I need a coat. I feel like wearing my pea coat, but I'm not sure how the wool will be in the rain. Should...
Resiliency. Tailors favor wool for suit jackets because wool cloths hold their shape and last a long time. You hang wool jackets rather than folding them because of the fabric's tendency to take a shape and hold it — folds or creases in wool can take a long time to work out!
Wear a waterproof overcoat. You don't have to buy a bright yellow raincoat to stay dry in the rain; there are many stylish trench coats and classic overcoats that repel rain and can match your suit. Depending on your taste and the type of suits you wear, choose a jacket that fits over your suit coat.