How To Wear A Barbour Jacket

How To Wear A Barbour Jacket

Since 1894, Barbour has been 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 jacket that will work in almost any look, it's still important to wear the jacket with as much pride as it was made with.

The family run business has been a popular supplier of jackets, knitwear and footwear for over 120 years, worn by the Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen herself, Barbour has been producing some of the finest outdoor clothing that continues to bring style and class to our outfits.

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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 over ten own stores in the UK and a presence in another 40 other countries, Barbour jackets and Barbour coats are loved by more than just those in the country.

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.

How to Wear a Barbour Jacket

Depending on your chosen jacket/coat you may want to style your outfit differently. If you're trying to recreate the British countryside look then some men's field jackets could work well for you. If you want something to herd around the city in, then a suit or smart trousers and jumper will also work well. Accessories are also a perfect way to bring almost every outfit together, scarfs, gloves and hats can all be worn with a Barbour jacket, making them the perfect all year round jacket.

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. A quilted jacket is able to feel insulating yet it's not bulky and heavy due to the quilted design and technology. This is, therefore, a perfect transitional jacket to cover all seasons.

Wear your quilted jacket with the right layers and you'll have an outfit that is suitable for more than just one season. A simple cardigan or black zip-up jumper is ideal for adding simple yet effective layers. Our black 1/4 zips are ideal for really nailing this look and are incredible quality for the price. Accessorise this look with a light scarf for a bit of colour pop and you've hit the style nail on the head.

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A quilted Barbour jacket will stand the style tests of time

Barbour Waxed Jacket

It's their iconic look and the Barbour waxed jacket isn't just reserved for shooting - it can work easily with a pair of dark selvedge denim jeans. A cheaper alternative to the Barbour Beacon jacket, the wax jacket is ideal for any season. If you don't immediately think of Barbour as streetwear, things could be about to change. The wax jacket has come a long way, and if worn with a casual sweatshirt and dad fit jeans, the jacket fits into a streetwear wardrobe well. The jackets are mostly in darker colours so you'll find it works easily with most of your existing outfits.

Pair your Barbour wax jacket with a simple overshirt and some good jeans. Our own range of light chore jackets are perfect for any season. They add depth and texture to almost any look and work especially well with this heritage style. Finish the whole thing off with our black jeans and you've got the whole look on lock.

Due to the nature of the jackets, after a few years it will lose its waxy protection. This isn't an issue as you can apply another layer of wax yourself. If you're going to re-wax your jacket you can pick up a pot of Barbour wax Thornproof Dressing. Getting the wax is the easy bit, applying the wax to the jacket is next may require a few instructions.

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Waxed jackets have had a recent resurgence over the past few years


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.

As this is a modern take on Barbour's heritage style, you don't have to go full-on country (unless you want to of course) - then a simple pair of jeans and a jumper will work well. Finish the look with a scarf and some boots and you can hit the city without looking like you've come straight from the farm.


Photo credit: Barbour look book AW18

Barbour have a wealth of heritage that they have translated into their designs and eventually products. With functionality and fashion in mind the coats that are produced are worth investing in. It's not only coats that Barbour succeed in, but hats, scarfs, bottoms and jumpers are all on the list of Barbour pieces - take a look now online.


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