Why I’m Eternally Grateful The Hipsters Started Wearing Barbour Jackets
For as long as I could remember, there’s always been a stack of Barbour jackets on the coat rack in my parents house. All in various sizes, colours and degrees of wear ‘n’ tear. Growing up they were great for dog walking and horse riding, but beyond the field, they were a bit of a no-go zone fashion-wise. Y’know? If you walked down the high street in one, they would beg the question, ‘where’s your tractor?’. And then 2008 came along and ALL the hipsters in East london started wearing Barbour jackets with their twiddly moustaches and their beyond retro dresses and it changed my life forever! My friends, it was finally acceptable, it was finally COOL to wear Barbour jackets everywhere; to the pub, brunch, gigs, private views and clubs nights. Wherever there was hipsters, there was a Barbour jacket and I thank the Lord for that! My friends at Orvis recently gifted me with this Barbour Beaufort Jacket (this is my third, which is still less than my boyfriend owns, FYI!) and in honour of it, I wanted to share some of the reasons why I love my Barbour waxed jackets so darn much! Let’s discuss!
My First Barbour Jacket
Despite my parents having a whole rack of Barbour jackets as I was growing up, I never had my own until my mid-twenties. Sure I wore my mums, but it wasn’t until late in the day I got my very own. I remember it vividly, I was at a carboot sale and a man was selling it (it was his wives, she had just bought a new one) and he was asking £8 for it. I knew it was a bit tired and he said it was about 5 years old, but I knew with a re-wax there was plenty of life left in it. That was about 10 years ago and it’s STILL going strong!!!!!! It’s no joke when people say a Barbour jacket is a life long investment!
We are all searching for a more sustainable wardrobe options these days and in my mind, Barbour nail it more than any other brand. Especially with their iconic waxed jackets. They are lovingly crafted in the UK and every stitch is perfectly finished, so the jacket is as sturdy and long lasting as possible. From the collar, to the sturdy metal zip to the thick cotton lining. These beauties go on for years and years and years. Plus if anything goes wrong with them, they can be repaired. You can send them back to the UK Barbour factory and they will patch, replace, re-stitch, replace… you name it, they can repair it! My boyfriend and dad both have Barbour jackets which have been patched so many times they are more like patchwork Barbour jackets, but y’know what? They are still going strong and they are still waterproof and windproof!
Comfort & Joy
Not only are Barbour jackets super warm and comfortable, but they are also the best if you live in a windy area. We live by the coast and sometimes it’s not even that cold, but the wind is so intense it makes it feel like the Baltic. It can be so windy you can’t make a phone call when you are outside because it just sounds like a person shouting over static! But no amount of gale-force winds can penetrate a Barbour jacket! Believe me, I’ve tried and tested it! Oh and there are little pockets on the sides of the jacket which are positioned in the perfect place so you can pop your hands in and warm them up! No gloves, no problem and this goes for all the styles, not just the Barbour Beaufort Jacket.
Pimp My Barbour
I don’t think a lot of people realise this, but do you know you can pimp your Barbour? Firstly, after a few years you might feel like the waxed cloth seems a little dry and lifeless, no worries, just buy yourself a tin of Barbour wax and spend an hour or so giving it a rewax, it’s a really fun job and it really breathes a new lease of life into your jacket. Also, around the neck, just under the collar, you will see poppers, this is because you can buy a detchable hood which clips in. I have two of these, one in green, one in a dark blue colour. Did I mention this is my third Barbour jacket? Yep! I’m addicted! Also, the older jackets have poppers on the inside along the inside of the zip, this is because you can a buy Barbour fleece lining which pop into the inside and make your jacket even cosier, you could survive some seriously cold days with a Barbour and the fleece lining, they are amazing! The newer jackets have zips to attach the linings instead, but either way, you can buy an additional lining which makes your Barbour EVEN warmer!
The Barbour Beaufort Jacket: Final Thoughts…
I’ve worn my Barbour jackets everywhere from dog walks to art openings, Soho to stables. And honestly, they are my saving grace for rainy days, snow days, dog walks, windy walks and everywhere in between. I generally use my older ones for scruffier days like rainy dog walks on the beach and I wear my newer ones if I’m heading into London or if I’m going for brunch on a cold day. No matter how many raincoats, fur coats, swing coats or wool coats I buy, there’s nothing quite as warm, waterproof and practical as a Barbour waxed jacket. Anyway! I just want to share a little love for Barbour, are you a fan?
This jacket has been kindly gifted by Orvis. It’s the Barbour Beaufort jacket, I usually go for the Beadale style, but actually, this one is a nicer fit and has a slightly more luxe finish, which I love! I also love the cosy jumper style cuffs on the sleeves, they really seal the warmth in! Also, a big thank you to Gordon for being such a cute model!