It’s On Sale: Barbour Bedale
Nordstrom has the Barbour Bedale jacket on sale for 33% off, putting it at $254. Not cheap, but it’s an incredibly useful and versatile jacket. Get a matching waxed cotton hood and you can have yourself a rain jacket as well. 
I recommend sizing down if you buy one. True-to-size is cut more for wear over a tailored jacket, but the Bedale is a bit too short to really wear over a sport coat. You might also want to budget $50 or so for alternations, as this model is notorious for having short sleeves. You can have them lengthened pretty easily by bringing the jacket to any Orvis store, or by sending it to Barbour themselves. 

It’s On Sale: Barbour Bedale

Nordstrom has the Barbour Bedale jacket on sale for 33% off, putting it at $254. Not cheap, but it’s an incredibly useful and versatile jacket. Get a matching waxed cotton hood and you can have yourself a rain jacket as well. 

I recommend sizing down if you buy one. True-to-size is cut more for wear over a tailored jacket, but the Bedale is a bit too short to really wear over a sport coat. You might also want to budget $50 or so for alternations, as this model is notorious for having short sleeves. You can have them lengthened pretty easily by bringing the jacket to any Orvis store, or by sending it to Barbour themselves. 

It’s On Sale: Barbour Jackets

Barbour’s Beaufort and Bedale jackets are on sale right now at Nordstroms. They’re marked down 33%, bringing the price down to about $260. The description says these are “relaxed fit,” but I only know of two cuts in these models: the traditional one they sell in the US and Western Europe, and a slimmed down version made for the East Asian market. I assume by “relaxed fit,” they just mean this is the traditional model. If that’s true, I recommend ordering your regular coat size if you plan to wear a sport coat with your jacket. Otherwise, size down one (so if you regularly wear a 38, take a 36). 

The difference between the two models? They’re essentially the same, but the Beaufort is a bit longer. It might be a better buy if you plan to wear a sport coat underneath, as it’ll be long enough to ensure that your tailored jacket isn’t peeking out. Otherwise, I think the Bedale looks better. Note, however, the Bedale is notorious for having very short sleeves. You can get them lengthened by bringing your jacket into an Orvis or Barbour store, or just sending it directly to Barbour. I think the charge something like $50 for the modification (they just sew on more fabric). 

Wearing Boring Outerwear

Next to tailored clothing and shoes, most of my clothing budget is spent on outerwear. In my closet are some field jackets – the kind with two pockets at the chest and two at the hips. Then I have some coats with various belted riggings, which are used to help cinch in the waist, as well as some “designer” pieces with unusual pocket placements. It’s said that these sorts of jackets are often inspired by hunting coats, but I can’t imagine anyone who has bought these sorts of things (including me) has ever hunted for anything but their keys and an open bar. 

Some of my coats, however, are quite simple. Boring, even. There’s a waxed cotton Barbour Bedale, which I bought in the standard dark green colorway. It has a corduroy collar, but the overall look is so generic at this point that the jacket has become almost nondescript. I also have a heavy Melton wool pea coat from Buzz Rickson, a green barn coat from LL Bean Signature, and a brown, waxed field coat from last season’s Barbour x Norton & Sons line. The brown field coat actually looks something like this vintage piece I found on eBay over the weekend.

Each of these lack the kind of bells and whistles that can make an outfit interesting, so to balance things out, I sometimes layer in some heavy, textured knitwear. Above are some examples. Underneath the pea coat is a very subtly textured, black Shetland, which is also from last season’s Barbour x Norton & Sons range. Underneath the LL Bean Signature barn coat and waxed cotton Bedale are some heavy, cream-colored sweaters, which are from Inis Meain. The first is a basket weave sweater that’s been made with an open interlocking lacing on the front body. The second is your standard cable knit Aran, although done to Inis Meain’s design. Finally, underneath the brown field coat is also an Aran from Inis Meain, but this time, in navy. The pairing of blue jeans and a navy sweater can sometimes look off, but the jeans here, I think, are light enough that there’s enough contrast.

The chunkiness of these sweaters and their texturally interesting designs help make boring outerwear pieces look slightly less boring. If you wanted to wear a scarf with these, it would be better to stick to something that’s also solid-colored, but textured - such as a grey cabled knit. That way, no element sticks out too much on its own. By relying on complementary colors and playing with textures, you can make outfits look interesting without needing to turn to the brashness of patterns or unusual design details. It’s a quieter, arguably more sophisticated, way of making a statement. 

(Pictured above: sweaters and coats as described; straight legged 14.5oz selvedge denim jeans from 3sixteen; undyed thick harness leather belt from Don’t Mourn Organize, made with a buckle bought at Slash Clothing; and shell cordovan boots from Brooks Brothers)

Tartans + Shetlands + Waxed Jackets
I don’t reblog much, but couldn’t help myself with this one. I admit, I’ve experimented a lot when it comes to clothing, and still like to try new things, but I’ll forever love classic American style.
Above is a tartan shirt, a green Shetland sweater, and a waxed cotton Barbour coat. I think O’Connell’s Shetlands are some of the best around, but they cost $165. If you don’t mind the price, I highly recommend them. Otherwise, you can get Shetlands from these other brands or on eBay. Barbours are also pretty easy to find on eBay UK. Yes, some will be pretty beat up, but that’s a good thing with these kinds of coats. If they come with a musty smell, you can get them cleaned through New England Waterproofers. If the idea of wearing a used waxed coat seems gross to you, and you don’t want to pay for a new Barbour, you can try these alternatives. Lastly, tartan shirts can be bought through companies such as O’Connell’s, Brooks Brothers, J. Press, Ralph Lauren, and our advertiser Ledbury. If you prefer custom-made shirts, you can get tartan fabrics pretty affordably through Acorn and give them to your tailor. 
It’s not a terribly new or original look, and it’s hardly “cutting edge” when it comes to fashion, but it’s great, genuinely classic, and pretty easy to put together. In an interview at Ivy Style, Bruce Boyer once said: “I’ve gone through different phases and trends and tried things, but I always keep coming back to a kind of Anglo-American look.” I often feel the same way. 
(Photo via glengarrysportingclub)

Tartans + Shetlands + Waxed Jackets

I don’t reblog much, but couldn’t help myself with this one. I admit, I’ve experimented a lot when it comes to clothing, and still like to try new things, but I’ll forever love classic American style.

Above is a tartan shirt, a green Shetland sweater, and a waxed cotton Barbour coat. I think O’Connell’s Shetlands are some of the best around, but they cost $165. If you don’t mind the price, I highly recommend them. Otherwise, you can get Shetlands from these other brands or on eBay. Barbours are also pretty easy to find on eBay UK. Yes, some will be pretty beat up, but that’s a good thing with these kinds of coats. If they come with a musty smell, you can get them cleaned through New England Waterproofers. If the idea of wearing a used waxed coat seems gross to you, and you don’t want to pay for a new Barbour, you can try these alternatives. Lastly, tartan shirts can be bought through companies such as O’Connell’s, Brooks Brothers, J. Press, Ralph Lauren, and our advertiser Ledbury. If you prefer custom-made shirts, you can get tartan fabrics pretty affordably through Acorn and give them to your tailor. 

It’s not a terribly new or original look, and it’s hardly “cutting edge” when it comes to fashion, but it’s great, genuinely classic, and pretty easy to put together. In an interview at Ivy Style, Bruce Boyer once said: “I’ve gone through different phases and trends and tried things, but I always keep coming back to a kind of Anglo-American look.” I often feel the same way. 

(Photo via glengarrysportingclub)

It’s On Sale: Lavenham Quilted Jackets

I really like simple, quilted jackets for fall. Worn with corduroys or chinos, they make for nice, lightweight layering pieces. The most affordable tend to be second hand ones on eBay (just search for Lavenham or Barbour Liddesdale), but if you want something new, these Lavenham jackets are on sale right now for 30% off. Just use the discount code 3YEARS to bring the price down from $180 to $126. 

Barbour Alternatives

Although they’ve become a bit trendy in the last few years, I think there are few better coats for fall than one of Barbour’s waxed cotton jackets. As I mentioned over the weekend, their two most popular models are the Beaufort and Bedale (the Bedale being the shorter of the two). Both have waxed cotton shells, corduroy collars, sewn-in throatlatches, and storm cuffs for added protection against the elements. These look at home in the countryside when you’re out for a stroll, or if you’re in the city going to a flea market. I also just like to wear mine over sweaters whenever the weather is a bit wet and cold.

The problem is that they’re a bit expensive. Full retail runs $375-400, and many people find they have to pay an additional $50-70 to lengthen the sleeves. You can find a second-hand one on eBay for between $150-250, depending on the condition, but sometimes these will come with a musty smell. They can be cleaned, but that service can run you another $75-100, all costs included.

On the upside, there are a number of more affordable alternatives. Here are a few that I found:

  • Orvis: Orvis has a few Barbour-ish looking pieces on sale, including this unwaxed Ventile field jacket, dry waxed canvas field coat, and waxed moto jacket. There are also these dry waxed “heritage” coats, Sandanona jackets, and barn coats (granted, the last one isn’t very Barbour-y, but it’s close enough). Note, Orvis’ outerwear tends to run big, so it might be good to either size down when ordering or stop by your local Orvis shop to try things on first.
  • LL Bean: Like Orvis, LL Bean is another good, classic outfitter for outdoorsmen. One of their most famous garments is their barn coat, and while it’s again not exactly Barbour-ish, it’s somewhat similar. These come in both waxed and unwaxed versions, with the unwaxed one being a bit slimmer fitting (I have one and like it, although I wish it were lined the sleeves). They also have something they call an Upland Field coat, which comes in two versions. This one with orange detailing is on sale.
  • Brooks Brothers: If you’re open to a bit more experimentation, Brooks Brothers has this waxed cotton coat with metal clips.
  • Lands End: Ever the stand-by for affordable clothing, Land’s End has a very Barbour-y looking coat for just under $100. In the past, these fit more like Barbour’s Beaufort than Bedale. 
  • Gap: Gap has a decent looking model this season for $128, though it might be a good idea to stop by one of their stores to first inspect the quality (sources say it’s not actually waxed). They do sales pretty often, so you can probably grab this at 25-50% off if you wait for a coupon code.
  • J Crew: J Crew has a waxed cotton field jacket and barn coat this season. The fabric on the barn coat isn’t as robust as the LL Beans, but on the upside, it fits slimmer than the originals from which it takes inspiration. 
  • Eddie Bauer: Eddie Bauer’s Kettle Mountain StormShed Jacket isn’t inexpensive at $300, but my guess is that you can probably get this at a deep discount if you wait long enough.
  • Filson: This cover cloth weekender coat is unlikely to be discounted much, but it looks nice and Filson’s quality is very good.
  • Debenhams: Savile Row’s Patrick Grant recently did a collaboration line with Debenhams. I haven’t handled any of these pieces, but the Dalston hunting jacket and Renbold quilted jacket (available in olive and navy) look pretty good for the price. Like the ones by Gap, J Crew, and Brooks Brothers, you can expect these to be slim-fitting interpretations of the more utilitarian designs by Barbour, LL Bean, and Orvis.
  • Campbell Cooper: Some of these designs admittedly look a bit iffy, but after some “antiquing,” one StyleForum member made his look pretty good.
  • John Partridge: An old British maker of hunting jackets, only theirs are always made in England (Barbours are sometimes made abroad). The quality is good, but the fit is full. On the upside, you can find these for pretty cheap on eBay. Here are some in navy and brown. You’ll want to get garment measurements before actually ordering. 
  • Hoggs of Fife: Another old British country outfitter. I’m unsure of the sizing, but you can browse some of their jackets at Ardmoor, Scot Web, and Fife Country

Umbrellas: Cheap, Expensive, and Everything In-Between

We’re back in rainy season again, and here in San Francisco, the weather was a bit wet this weekend. That reminded me of how useful it is to own several umbrellas. Not only does that ensure that you’ll always have something if one of your umbrellas breaks or gets lost, but it also allows you to have several options to choose from depending on your mood.

When buying a good umbrella, it’s tempting to get something unique and different, but I’d suggest your first purchase be one with a solid black canopy. These will go with anything, and in some cases – say if you’re wearing a somber suit – it’s the only appropriate choice. After your first good, black umbrella, you can get one with a navy or tan canopy if you’d like something conservative, or go with something dotted, checked, or striped for something more fanciful. 

The upside to decent umbrellas is that they come at almost every price point. Belt Outlet sells some basic black Totes for $15 after you apply the coupon code belt10. Fulton and Gustbuster are a bit more expensive, but remain reasonable affordable. Decent tartans can be bought through Orvis and Brooks Brothers. Those cost about $70, but they often go on sale. Wingtip, for example, has the Barbour version at 30% off with the coupon code TAKEACHANCE.

For a little more money, Howard Yount and Kent Wang sell some handsome single-stick options. Single stick means that the umbrella’s shaft and handle are all made from the same piece of wood. It’s a nice, artisanal touch, I think. (Note, whangees are not single stick because you can’t have the bumpy ridges on the handle go up the shaft for obvious reasons). London Undercover and Passoti are two other good options in this price tier.

Finally, for some of the best umbrellas in the world, you can turn to Swaine Adeney Brigg, James Smith, Fox, Francesco Maglia, Talarico, and Le Veritable Cherbourg. Those are made from better materials, often have single stick constructions, and are just beautiful sights to behold (as shown above). They typically run a few hundred dollars, but sometimes you can find “deals” (relatively speaking). J. Peterman occassionally discounts their Swaine Adeney Briggs, for example, and Grunwald sells Maglias at good prices (actual price is lower at checkout because of VAT discounts). Even on sale, they’re not cheap, but a look at some of those handles is enough to make a man dream. 

(Photos by fk118, Voxsartoria, and me)

It’s On Sale: Barbour Jackets
Wingtip is offering 30% off select full-priced items. Included is all Barbour merchandise, such as the very popular Bedale and Beaufort waxed cotton jackets. With the discount, the Beaufort runs $279 and the Bedale is $265. Shipping is free.
Note, the Bedale is a slightly shorter coat, while the Beaufort is longer. Both run a bit big, however, so if you want something slim fitting or don’t plan to wear this over a sport coat, size down. You may also find that you’ll need the sleeves lengthened. I had this done at Orvis for something around $50-70, but you can also contact Barbour directly about it. 
To get the discount, use the checkout code TAKEACHANCE. It works on everything from Barbour, Bill’s Khakis, Peter Millar, Wingtip, Wolverine, Agave, Michael Toschi, and Moore & Giles. You can only use it on one item, however, and you need to only have one item in your cart (add a second item, or choose a quantity of two or more, and it will not work at all). 

It’s On Sale: Barbour Jackets

Wingtip is offering 30% off select full-priced items. Included is all Barbour merchandise, such as the very popular Bedale and Beaufort waxed cotton jackets. With the discount, the Beaufort runs $279 and the Bedale is $265. Shipping is free.

Note, the Bedale is a slightly shorter coat, while the Beaufort is longer. Both run a bit big, however, so if you want something slim fitting or don’t plan to wear this over a sport coat, size down. You may also find that you’ll need the sleeves lengthened. I had this done at Orvis for something around $50-70, but you can also contact Barbour directly about it. 

To get the discount, use the checkout code TAKEACHANCE. It works on everything from Barbour, Bill’s Khakis, Peter Millar, Wingtip, Wolverine, Agave, Michael Toschi, and Moore & Giles. You can only use it on one item, however, and you need to only have one item in your cart (add a second item, or choose a quantity of two or more, and it will not work at all). 

Barney’s Warehouse Sale

Barney’s Warehouse has been continuing to do price drops. Jackets from Tokihito Yoshida’s last collection with Barbour are now on sale for about $200, which is the lowest I’ve ever seen them go. There are also some Battistoni shoes at $175, Guy Rover shirts at $79, and Inis Meain sweaters at $79.

You can see the full list of brands here. Note, all sales are final. 

The Beaten Barbour
The jacket I wore most frequently this past fall and winter was my Barbour. I rewaxed it myself (a messy process I don’t look forward to repeating) and I enjoyed wearing it for its functionality.
The game pocket is great for stashing gloves, hats and scarves. The handwarmers are a relief if you were too stupid to remember gloves. Plus, there’s that awesome waxed cotton smell. 
The Rugged Club posted photos of this vintage Barbour Border jacket you see above, which has been around since 1987. At around a quarter-century old, it’s still performing for him. Beaten, but not dead, it’s impressive for any garment to last so long. 
Barbour jackets aren’t cheap, but you can find them regularly on eBay — we list them quite frequently on our eBay round ups and Inside Track — which is where I found mine. If my Barbour lasts this long, then I think it’ll have been worth the price. 
-Kiyoshi

The Beaten Barbour

The jacket I wore most frequently this past fall and winter was my Barbour. I rewaxed it myself (a messy process I don’t look forward to repeating) and I enjoyed wearing it for its functionality.

The game pocket is great for stashing gloves, hats and scarves. The handwarmers are a relief if you were too stupid to remember gloves. Plus, there’s that awesome waxed cotton smell. 

The Rugged Club posted photos of this vintage Barbour Border jacket you see above, which has been around since 1987. At around a quarter-century old, it’s still performing for him. Beaten, but not dead, it’s impressive for any garment to last so long. 

Barbour jackets aren’t cheap, but you can find them regularly on eBay — we list them quite frequently on our eBay round ups and Inside Track — which is where I found mine. If my Barbour lasts this long, then I think it’ll have been worth the price. 

-Kiyoshi