There aren’t many things you could conceivably wear to work the deck of some hardscrabble merchant vessel and to perform at a concert for the president and vice president of the United States—but the peacoat is one of them. Case in point, Bruce Springsteen wearing one to sing “Land of Hope and Dreams” on Celebrating America, the Inauguration Day special devoted to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

The Boss has had a firm grasp on the power of great outerwear since way back in the early days, so it makes sense that he’d reach for something worthy of the evening. The peacoat doesn’t fall too far from Springsteen’s scuffed-boots-and-denim aesthetic of choice, but it’s proper enough to show that he’s got a sense of occasion. Sure, he could have worn a suit and topcoat a la our new president, but ask yourself: Is that really how you want to see Springsteen perform?

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