I've been on the fence about Barbour jackets for a while now. Nearly every girl at Georgetown (#janehoya) had one. The minute cooler weather rolled around, you couldn't walk from the front gates to Lau (our library) without seeing at least ten... on both the girls and the guys. The jackets are super masculine and rich with history.
"The Barbour story began in 1894 in the Market Place in South Shields. Today the 5th generation family owned business remains in the North East, with Barbour's headquarters located in Simonside, South Shields. Although it sources products from around the globe, Barbour's classic wax jackets are still manufactured by hand in the factory in Simonside and each year over 100,000 jackets are processed via the central, subsidiary and local customer service operations."
I have to admit that the masculinity intimidated me a bit. But, I'm officially sold. It's turned into my go-to jacket for casual errand running, quick trips to Starbucks on early weekend mornings, and less-than-ideal weather conditions.
Tuckernuck (a longtime College Prepster favorite) sent me the women's navy Beadnell jacket to review and it's been love ever since.
I just so happened to run into my friend F.E. Castleberry (of Unabashedly Prep!) on the Upper East Side while wearing it. Fred, of course, is never without a camera charged and ready to go. He took this shot a few blocks north of the Met. Definitely swing by his original post for the full body shot! The way he captured the beautiful light that day is a little bit mesmerizing. I forget how amazing New York City can be until I see it captured like this.
I'm seriously guilty of walking and reading emails on my phone... or worse, responding to emails on my phone... while walking. I forget to look up and take it all in. I'm so happy this moment and this light is saved forever!
In this picture, I'm wearing: skinny jeans, riding boots (similar), ruffled blouse, and a Brooks Brothers sweater. I really like the androgynous jacket and sweater, but the feminine details of the blouse delicately emerging from the collar and the sleeves. (And I live in my riding boots.... live in them.)
As far as styling a Barbour jacket goes, I really think that anything goes! It's not something to really over-think. Wear with leggings (gasp!), hunter boots, and a chunky cable knit sweater for a super relaxed casual (and cozy) look. Or simply throw on over whatever you've planned to wear for the day! Somehow... it will just work.
Do you have a Barbour? How do you/would you style one?
PS I version is published on Lucky Community!!! There's a contest going on right now about posts with boots, so I would love it if you voted for the article! Thanks :)