I’ve lived in Yorkshire for 27 years but surprisingly, have never owned a wax jacket (or a flat cap or a ferret, stereotype fans!). I remember my granddad’s – creased with use, smelling strongly of wax, worn when out walking in the bitterest of weather. A wax jacket – or more specifically, a Barbour jacket – is the staple of the traditional Yorkshireman, but it’s only recently that the brand has enjoyed a rather fashionable revival.
British heritage is huge right now, and Barbour is up there with Hunter as a classic brand coming back into the mainstream. Collaborations with Liberty and William Morris and sightings on celebs like Kate Moss and Alexa Chung mean Barbour has found a place with the fash pack, as the countryside coat du jour.
Over the past year I’ve developed a slight obsession with British heritage brands (first Hunter, then Mulberry) and a classic Barbour wax jacket has been on my wishlist for some time. So my day was made when Barbour contacted me about working together, offering to send me a jacket of my choice. I went for a style from the Liberty collection (of course, I mean… look at it!) – the Liberty Beadnall in Olive Forest Floral.
It hasn’t been off my back since the day it arrived at my studio (amid much cooing and stroking from my fellow Duke Studios residents… male and female). It’s one of the most versatile jackets I’ve ever owned – keeping me warm when the wind’s blowing but not suffocating me when the sun shines. The muted olive colour goes with everything and that flash of Liberty print… sigh. True love right here, my friends.
Despite gracing the world’s most fashionable shoulders, the Barbour jacket is still quite a practical piece, and it’d be easy to wind up looking a bit farmer-esque while wearing it. But with a spot of simple styling, it looks far more chic than… sheep.
I noticed this glorious wooded path while driving to the car boot sale last weekend, so Rob and I nipped back with the camera the next day to take these photos. Leopard print flats are definitely not the most suitable footwear for slightly soggy tracks, and we did get a few odd looks from dog walkers… but it was worth it, as I love how Rob’s photos came out.
As for the outfit, my favourite denims paired with a classic striped sweater and the aforementioned flats rather than wellies (or – god forbid – hiking boots) work for city shopping as well as countryside rambles. Although I concede that hiking boots are probably better for the latter.
What do you think of the classic Barbour wax jacket? Would you wear one? And if so, how would you style it?
You may have noticed those two fluffy friends in the sidebar – Barbour are currently hosting a Christmas Competition with different prizes on offer every week, including £500 to spend with the brand. For a chance to win, read the deets here and look out for those sheep… wherever they’re hiding!