I respect your seeing the military items as something to collect but not wear. Civilians wearing military items can be quite dirtballish, especially when we are talking about dress uniform items. Seeing someone wearing one piece of a USMC dress blues uniform offends my sensibilities, not in a 'stolen valor' sort of way. More of a 'look at that goofball' vein. Nobody who ever rated wearing that uniform would wear just part of it unless they were just burned out and pissed off at the world.It's confession time. I do have a deep dark secret -- a small collection of military uniform jackets, mostly to appreciate rather than wear myself. I am a little reluctant to wear them with the same care-free attitude with which most peope wear an M-65 or other field jackets, since I am not in any of the service branches.
Yes, I think that a USN pea coat or a military field jacket both fall into that generic area, like khaki trousers. If your coat is a long overcoat with brass buttons it is an officer's (and Chief Petty Officer's) bridge coat and not a pea coat, unless USN uniforms have changed since the late '70s / early '80s. Is it a long jacket? The bridge coat is a very nice piece of gear.Thanks for your kind words. Just about the only thing I wear with any degree of regularity are the olive drab US Army field jackets, the various M series jackets from different periods. I do so because those jackets, devoid of patches, insignia and name, have been widely worn by civilians for a long time. And those military or ex-military men I have checked with have been uniformly fine with this practice, perhaps because it has been widespread over the decades.
I do have a beautiful US Navy issue pea coat that I wear very occasionally in winter. It is devoid of any patches or other add-ons, but it does have the brass buttons with the US Navy insignia on them. I consider this a minor infraction, and again, those with whom I have checked have been fine with my wearing this coat. I have a couple of recently acquired vintage military overcoats, and I will probably try them out at some point this winter -- but again, I doubt if I will use them on a regular basis.