Something crazy has been happening the past couple days in South Carolina, we've FINALLY gotten some rain. This has been quite the rarity in so many areas as of late and with the wildfires occurring in the mountains I know everyone is thankful.
While I love cold weather cooler temperatures and rain aren't exactly fun especially when it comes to staying warm. One of the best pieces of clothing I've gotten in college has been my Barbour jacket since it is especially perfect for cold and wet days. I received it for Christmas freshman year and while it was certainly an investment gift if I had a dollar for every time I've worn it I could have a second one. From mid-fall until mid-spring it barely ever finds time back in my closet since I am constantly wearing it.
One of the things that makes it so great for this range of seasons and temperatures is the pieces you can purchase and attach to the jacket depending on the weather. When I was in London after my sophomore year I decided to purchase the fleece vest that zips inside of the jacket. I thought my jacket was warm before but this has been a real game changer and doesn't make the jacket bulky. The fact that it zips in is also convenient since you don't feel like you have to fidget to get everything on correctly and instead it's ready to go when you want to grab it. I find that in the fall and spring I don't necessarily need it so I tend to unzip it and hang it in my closet until a cold snap hits.
Last year for Christmas, I decided to ask for the detachable hood so that I could also utilize the coat as a rain jacket. This was another one of my better ideas! The hood lays flat when you're not wearing it so I find that leaving it on is super convenient. Most rain jackets don't really fit the bill of also keeping you warm so knowing that I won't have to sacrifice warmth just to avoid being wet has made me that much appreciative of the versatility of this addition.
barbour jacket // detachable jacket hood // barbour vest insert (looks equally as cute worn on its own) // sweater (similar) // scarf (similar) // jeans // boots // bag // necklace // bracelets ( 1 & 2 )
In all, this is a pretty typical colder weather outfit for me to wear to class or out and about. I love that Barbour jackets are classic looking while also slightly sporty. White sweaters are an absolute staple in my closet and whenever I can't decide what to wear I tend to gravitate towards that, jeans, tan riding boots, and my Barbour if it's cold. Sometimes I'll change it up by adding a scarf but even if I don't people don't necessarily recognized that you wore the same combination earlier that week because it is so classic.
I know as Christmas approaches and you're considering what to add to your list something of this price point or practicality doesn't always come to mind which is exactly why I wanted to share this post with you. Knowing how much I've worn and will continue to wear mine will hopefully help any of y'all considering adding this to your list. The attachable accessories make it that much more timeless and are also great gifts to give someone who may already have this coat. Freshman year I spent a long time deciding which style, color, and size I wanted. I knew these coats last a long time (my grandfather and dad both have ones they've had for years) and I wanted to make sure that I was investing in one I'd be happy with for a while to come. I ultimately ended up deciding on the Beadnell style jacket because it was slightly more feminine than the Bedale. I tried on a few different sizes and found that the US 4 fit me great but the US 6 wasn't that much bigger and would give me some room to grow and layer underneath so that is what I ultimately settled on. My jacket is Sage although I have lots of friends who own an Olive color and it is pretty similar just slightly darker. With how much wear mine has gotten it could definitely use a fresh coat of wax while I'll probably have to do this summer since I can't imagine not being able to reach for this jacket in the coming months.
Places to purchase Barbour:
Tuckernuck (they even have a full Ladies Barbour Guide if you're interested in additional styles) // Nordstrom // Bloomingdales // St. Bernard Sport
I hope that this helps any of y'all who may be interested in adding a timeless piece to your closet for Christmas while also giving you a better look at what I typically wear to class!