Barbour is an undeniable classic of British fashion. Wearable in both the city and the country they produce some of the most versatile jackets around. Although you can find a Barbour that will work in almost any look, it’s still important to get the right style for you.
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They’ve gone from being a jacket designed for the workman of 1894 to being a fashion statement all over the world. With ten stores in the UK and a presence in another 40 other countries, Barbour men’s jackets are loved by more than just a few simple country bumpkins.
They’ve extended their range to more than simply wax jackets. You can now pick up jackets with a quilted fabric design and even leather. They’re a truly British operation, keeping their manufacturing base in South Shields in the UK, they resisted urges to move their headquarters abroad which is something they should be recognised for.
Men’s Barbour Jackets
Barbour Quilted Jacket
The quilted jacket is a lot easier to clean than the standard wax jacket and definitely gives you another option to consider when picking up a jacket from Barbour. The look below is a simple one and shows how versatile their quilted jackets are. You can pair it with a pair of Dickies chinos and then add a jumper from The Idle Man and you’re set.
Most quilted jackets are machine washable, making it easier for you. However, remember to always check the label before you put the jacket in the wash. You can take it to a dry cleaner if you’re not confident washing it yourself, although this will cost slightly more.
Barbour Waxed Jacket
It’s their iconic look. The Barbour waxed jacket isn’t just for shooting, it can work easily with a pair of dark selvedge denim jeans. The outfit below looks great with a pair of Wood Wood jeans and a pair of Pointer suede trainers. Throw a backpack on and you’re ready for almost anything. The jackets are mostly in darker colours so you’ll find it works easily with most of the outfits in your wardrobe.
You need to be careful when cleaning. The only way it can be cleaned is by brushing off any dirt with a soft brush and wiping down with a cold damp cloth. Anything more intensive than this and you’ll end up removing the wax from the jacket
The Barbour coat is perfect for winter. You could even put a Barbour coat on top of a shirt and trousers if you need a jacket for work. Don’t forget, the best coats for work can also be worn in more casual settings.
How to Wear a Barbour Jacket
So you’ve managed to pick up a Barbour jacket, but what should you wear it with? If you’re trying to recreate the British countryside look then some men’s field jackets could work well for you. Accessories are also a perfect way to bring almost every outfit together.
Barbour & Hunter Wellington Boots
If you’re creating a traditional hunting look you could also consider combining the jacket with a pair of hunter wellies. Take a look at the Hunter wellies below, you can consider a pair of tall or shorter boots. The taller boots are good if you’re not sure how long the water’s going to be. If you’re just stomping around in the mud there’s no need to be too worried about the height.
Barbour Leather Jacket
The leather Barbour is a move away from their traditional waxed cotton. The design has a classic biker aesthetic with a closer fit than their standard jackets. If you’ve got yours dirty you should only consider cleaning it if you feel it’s totally necessary. Overdoing it can put too much pressure on the leather and ruin it. If you’re not confident, don’t risk it, take the jacket to a professional cleaner who will know what they’re doing.
History of Barbour
It all began in the late 1800s with this South Shields market trader ending up as one of the most sought after British brands of the 21st century. They still manufacture around 100,000 jackets a year from their site in Simonside, showing off the best of British to the World. They’re known for their connection to shooting and often Barbour jacket pockets will be holding at least a couple empty shell cartridges.
The jackets were originally designed for fisherman. Their waterproof qualities meant they were perfect at keeping them dry whilst out at sea. The tough cotton fabric would also withstand a decent amount of wear and tear. They’re now seen as a central piece of the British country outfit. The look being a pair of blue jeans, wellies and a shotgun over their arm. Their new range shows a more fashionable approachable style that looks to the future. All whilst maintaining their quality waterproof British design.
If you’re going to re wax the jacket yourself you can pick up a pot of Barbour wax Thornproof Dressing. Getting the wax is the easy bit, now you just need to apply it to the jacket itself.
How to Re Wax Your Jacket
The nature of their jackets mean they’re not going to hold the wax for a long time. If you’ve got a jacket that’s lost it’s wax protection, you don’t even have to think about replacing the jacket. Re waxing is simple and means you can get a few more years out of your jacket. Check out this video to get an idea of how to re wax your favourite Barbour jacket.
The Top 3 Barbour Jackets
- The wax jacket is easily the most popular of the Barbour styles. It’s lightweight and waterproof, making it an extremely versatile piece of clothing.
- Get your hands on a quilted jacket if you want something a bit warmer.
- For something a bit different try out a Barbour coat made from cotton or wool. They’re harder to find but can be great for colder conditions.
On That Note
There are quite a few styles available in The Idle Man store. If you’re going for a wax jacket and you want to keep it waterproof you’ll need to be careful how you care for it. The Barbour Beacon jacket is an impressive design from Barbour that will work with a lot of the outfits you’ve already got in your wardrobe. Never be too nervous to try out some looks, you might be surprised by what works!
You can also consider the quilted option, it’s more appropriate for slightly more casual events. Your options are quite broad with a Barbour and you can always inject some colour into your look with a light pair of chinos. A burgundy scarf is also a great addition to your look that’s easy to do. If you can’t see something you love, we’ve got a few more options to choose from in our store. Check it out and see if there’s something that works for you.