The waxed cotton jacket emerged as a serious fashion proposition a few years ago now, but there are lots on the streets again and who can wonder? Light enough for you to wear on the Tube, waterproof by definition and adding a timeless Englishness to an otherwise casual outfit, it’s near perfect for spring. Another reason for its re-appearance, aside from sheer practicality, is the popularity of Barbour as yet another classic British brand being rediscovered.
Belted is definitely the way to go, the narrow waistline adds a certain retro elegance and the longer style gives scope for roomy, patch pockets which are super useful in our busy lives.
Which leaves one question, Belstaff or Barbour? The former has a certain Euro swagger about it (despite the British origins of the Italian-owned brand), possibly finer in cut whilst the latter enables you to invest in a true British classic with a certain possibility for irony. There’s also a question of price with Barbour coming in slightly less costly. The decision is yours.
By Colin Chapman | April 2nd, 2009