Monday, 8 June 2015

How to Style a Barbour Jacket | Preppy Style With Stripes and Unexpected Colours

Tobacco-coloured waxed Barbour jacket, red Breton striped t-shirt, denim skinnies
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I think it's a good thing to want to promote the brands of the country where you live, and it's also a good idea to challenge yourself to style them a little differently if there's a particular "look" that's associated with that brand. Barbour, for instance, conjures up images of hikes through the British countryside (with a Landrover and Labrador in tow) to me, but as a townie who now lives in the country I wanted to style some Barbour pieces a little differently.

I was contacted by Country Attire, a British brand that sells "the essence of the British attitude to style", sourcing heritage pieces from home and the rest of the world with lots of classic, quality brands and designs. They offered me two designs from the women's Barbour range to style, so I chose the Teesport Top in Chilli Red and the Godrevy Wax Jacket in Buckthorn Brown. Neither piece is something I'd associate with Barbour: I automatically think dark green or navy waxed jackets, but the warm gingery-brown of this jacket is so delicious and goes beautifully with red. And I'll admit I didn't even know they did t-shirts or tops.

I didn't count on (or plan) the unexpected pattern clash of the red stripes of the t-shirt and the blue stripes of the jacket's lining, but it instantly gave the outfit a much more preppy feel, and we all know how much I love a preppy look in the summer...! Although in theory we shouldn't need jackets in the UK in the summer, it's often chilly in the evenings so this was the perfect jacket for an evening walk (I got quite cold on Saturday evening so I was glad I wore it).

What Barbour is well known for, of course, is their waxed cotton jackets. They're water resistant and this one has a stud fastening storm flap and a detachable hood - like pockets on a dress, who doesn't love a detachable hood? You'll see in the photos below all the lovely details like the Barbour badge on the jacket sleeve and the t-shirt back, as well as the logo-ed toggles on the hood. It's going to be a brilliant year-round jacket - I think I'll be wearing this right into winter.

Not forgetting the best bit for you: Both the t-shirt and jacket are on sale right now (35% off), and with Country Attire offering free delivery anywhere in the world you don't want to miss out on getting your hands on some great British classics!

What brands from your country do you love? How do you (or would you) style their classic or well-known designs? Do share in the comments!

Tobacco-coloured waxed Barbour jacket, red Breton striped t-shirt, denim skinnies
Tobacco-coloured waxed Barbour jacket
Tobacco-coloured waxed Barbour jacket, red t-shirt
Tobacco-coloured waxed Barbour jacket
Tobacco-coloured waxed Barbour jacket
Tobacco-coloured waxed Barbour jacket, red Breton striped t-shirt, denim skinnies
Red Breton striped Barbour t-shirt
Tobacco-coloured waxed Barbour jacket
Jacket: Barbour c/o Country Attire (on sale!) | T-shirt: Barbour c/o Country Attire (on sale!) | Jeans: c/o !iT Collective (similar) | Shoes: Levi's (old) | Glasses: c/o London Retro | Earrings: Asos (part of set) | Bangles: c/o SENCE Copenhagen | Necklace (worn as bracelet): c/o SENCE Copenhagen | Nails: Rimmel Salon Pro by Kate in Saturn
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25 comments

  1. This tee is really nice. I love the stripes. And your glasses are amazing. Great look overall. Lorraine x

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    1. Lorraine thank you! I've had the glasses for a while but they haven't appeared on the blog in a while...! x

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  2. I do love a nice preppy look, really like the cut of the tee and the jacket looks cozy for our British "summer" ;-)

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    1. I've always been a massive preppy-style fan too, Steff! I couldn't believe how chilly it was when the sun went down at the weekend... thank goodness I have my jacket!! Thanks hun xx

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  3. what a great jacket, love the colour and perfect with your colouring. Tee is a great contrast.

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    1. The brown and red look so great together, don't they Linda...?! Thanks so much my lovely :))

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  4. I really want a barbour jacket like that!! Unfortunately, in Texas I can't really justify the purchase :( You look great!

    xoxo

    Kaley

    My Closet Life Blog

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    1. Oh gosh I can't imagine just how sweltering you'd be in the jacket in Texas, Kaley!! Thank you sweetie x

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  5. I tried on a Barbour trench in Berlin last summer - I haven't forgotten it... sigh.

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    1. Awww Mette that sounds like the one that got away...!! I've always loved the idea of owning a Barbour but now I'm so glad I held out for this gorgeous brown one :))

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  6. love love love this catherine, you look stunning as always sweetie!
    I can just imagine me walking cassy in this exact outfit! please may i steal it all? wahaha! xxxx

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    1. Heehee you know you're more than welcome to take it all, Rachel!!! My outfit is definitely missing a cute doggie... how about you have my outfit and I have Cassy? Somehow I think that'll make you change your mind...!! ;)))

      Thanks hun xx

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  7. I love that jacket! I need a light jacket for our bipolar weather here in Houston, Texas!

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    1. Oh gosh I'd be amazed if the jacket wasn't too hot to wear anywhere in Texas, Jaclyn... I thought it was ridiculously hot in the whole state!! We're having a warm day here (warm for the UK) - too warm for my jacket now though, boo! Thanks hun x

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  8. Love this summer look, really cute for a day out with the family!

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    1. As someone else mentioned it's a great walking-the-dog outfit!! Thank you Parul x

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  9. Like you I think the colour of the jacket is gorgeous. I do like Barbour; I had one of their jackets when I was 14, and have been hankering another ever since. Joules and Boden are also staples for me....

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    1. Oooh yes to Joules and Boden too, Nell! Glad you like the colour, it s a bit delicious, isn't it ;))

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  10. I love this look on you Catherine -- classic British prep blended with your signature cool-girl vibe. I love the glasses especially!

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  11. Stunning look, adore you in glasses and the Barbour pieces nail country chic, gorgeous x

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  12. I love the color of that jacket with the red and white stripes! So fun!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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    1. Megan thank you - I'm so glad I went for the warm brown colour :))

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  13. Landed here while searching for a similar jacket and I am so glad i did :) -- Loved the images and the way you have styled. Will surely try out this look for my self <3

    Love DC

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