Posts Tagged ‘ bedale ’

rest in peace, barbour

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i’ve been an anglophile for as long as i can remember.  england gave us the beatles, the queen, fish and chips, english premier league soccer, barbour, and many many other great things.

barbour was one of those brands i discovered through a friend – the only person i knew that had one or anything like it.  it smelled weird.  it was expensive (so he said) and in 2003 they were hard to find which made it very appealing to me.  i didn’t get mine until several years later when you could fine them online at certain retailers.  now that’s not the case.  they are everywhere.

this past weekend in charleston, just about every other male between the ages of 20 and 50 were wearing one or so it seemed.  the popular option was either the bedale or beaufort in green.  so many dudes were wearing them that my girlfriend pointed it out before i could comment on the situation.  and if i may be honest, i was wearing one too; albeit, the barbour x white mountaineering joint i got in london in december.

when did barbour become the preferred jacket of frat dudes and forty-year-old attorneys?  in college, i didn’t have enough cheese to afford a barbour.  now they seem to be handed out with frat letters, southern tide checkered shirts and sperrys.  it’s kind of a bummer because it used to feel like an exclusive club.

but look, they’re great jackets.  they’re timeless.  they’re beaters.  they fit like they’re supposed to.  they’re just everywhere now and that’s ok.  i’m going to have to get used to it.  if i ever lived in london, i’d see twice as many of them.  it’s a good thing they make other models besides the bedale and beaufort.  it might be time to throw mine on ebay.  rest in peace, barbour.

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buying a barbour

barbourbuying

believe it or not i have not mentioned the word “barbour” on here since 2011.  that’s gotta be a joke, right?  i love this brand.  surely, it must have come up at some point.  a quick search tells me it hasn’t.  hmm…i digress.

with the temperature now dropping, it’s slowly becoming barbour season i.e. time to dust off the ol’ bedale and liddesdale.  (i had an international, but recently unloaded it because the tagged size wasn’t the same as the actual jacket size.  took me a year to figure it out.  always check the size on the label even if it’s hidden in a tiny pocket.)  if you’re new to barbour and like your clothes to fit, the sizing can be a bit of a headache.  for my personal sizing tips, click on the next page and i will walk you carefully through this difficult process.   Continue reading

winter essential: barbour zip-in liner

it’s getting colder in nashville.  it was in the 60s last week which is great for pretending like i’m going to do yardwork and then sitting inside all day, but not-so-great for all the winter gear i’ve acquired over the years.  one of the things you need in your winter arsenal is this zip-in jacket liner from barbour.  it’s fleece lined and zips nicely into your bedale or beaufort, but also looks good on its own if you prefer to wear it as a vest.  you may want to grab one fast, because you won’t be able to find one in january or february when you need it most.

fall essential


the barbour bedale jacket – one of the best purchases i’ve ever made.  i went with the bedale over the beaufort because i preferred the shorter length.  i still wear it over my suit when it rains and the inch that hangs out doesn’t bother me too much.  it’s not only a fall essential, but a life essential.