Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Building Your Perfect Barbour Jacket and Barbour Jacket's on Sale

If I had to think of a Furman student's winter uniform, I would think of a classic Barbour jacket for both girls and guys. After seeing these jackets all over campus my freshman year and realizing that Greenville, South Carolina tended to get a lot colder than Alabama, I decided I wanted to ask for one for Christmas. Easier said than done. Little did I know that the iconic jacket I had seen around campus came in so many different styles and colors that it left me confused. At Thanksgiving, I talked to my family about my Christmas list and mentioned that a Barbour jacket was on it. It didn't take long for my grandfather to go and get his out of the closet and tell me a story about buying my aunt her first Barbour. Talk about timeless. I feel like so many people have similar stories about growing up seeing their dad wearing this style or knowing where their mom hung hers that I couldn't have been more thrilled when my grandfather chose to carry on this tradition, so to speak, by gifting me mine. 



Deciding which jacket to get was made easier by trying on a few different styles and seeing the colors in person colors in stores. I knew that I wanted my first Barbour to be a classic waxed one, although I have since added a quilted one to that collection. The two most popular waxed styles for women are the Bedale and the Beadnell. The Beadnell is what I opted for due to its more fitted style and interior plaid. Sizing for Barbour is a bit different as well. Since it is an English company, the first size on the tag is the UK sizing. Fortunately, the US size is also included. I was deciding between the US 4 and the US 6 when I chose my freshman year of college, and I am so glad that I opted for the 6. I figured since it would work as my winter coat, I would want to layer chunky sweaters underneath, so having wiggle room was not a bad thing. At the time, I had no idea of all the Barbour accessories available to purchase to help make your jacket fit whatever environment you were preparing for, and now that I have a liner, it has definitely been the right choice for me. If you're as confused about what the difference between Barbour's Beadnell and Barbour's Bedale jacket is, Tuckernuck created the cutest graphics to help, which I included below for y'all. As for coloring, I went with the Sage jacket instead of the Olive. The Sage is more of a hunter green, while the Olive color has more brown hues and appears more masculine (many guys I know have jackets in this color). The different colors also cause the plaid lining to differ, so be sure to pay attention to that as you're deciding between the two. 


It took me over a year after receiving my Barbour to realize that I had been missing out on a cozy fleece liner to make it a bit warmer. When I was studying abroad in London, I ended up in a Barbour store there (across from Liberty) and finally purchased the Dark Olive Fleece Betty Zip-In Liner. Ironically enough, Betty was the name my family dubbed of my alter ego when I threw tantrums as a child. I hated it then and still hate it when my family brings it up or hints at me having a "Betty moment." When I got home from the trip and showed my family what I purchased while abroad, I was reluctant to let them in on this little secret, but we were all in hysterics when I finally told them. My Barbour certainly is full of its own stories. Despite the name, y'all, this vest is amazing zipped into the jacket and looks equally as nice alone. Alone, the waxed jackets are warm but only if you're spending winters in the South where winter doesn't begin to compare to the weather in colder areas. This vest has a fleece interior and quilted exterior that keeps you warm but still simultaneously looks stylish. When you purchase a Barbour, you definitely pay for the quality, and the brand thought of everything. This vest can zip inside your waxed Barbour jackets to make it seem like one piece, and once a cold front comes in late November, you can bet that mine stays zipped in until the weather becomes more bearable for the waxed jacket alone in the Spring. 




The most recent addition I've made to my Barbour has been a hood to make it the perfect jacket for rainy, cold winter weather. The hood is detachable, making it so easy to snap on and off as needed, but honestly, I really love the look of my jacket with the hood on and tend to leave it on most of the time. It took getting the hood for me to realize how desperately I need to get my jacket re-waxed. I ordered the hood in the same color as my jacket, and after all the wear my jacket has gotten the past four years, the hood doesn't quite match. Fortunately, you can send your coat back to Barbour and have it professionally waxed for a fee. I'd recommend sending it in the offseason (summer months) so that you're not without your jacket when you may want it most. I sent mine last year in early October and had it back in less time than the projected, even given that they had to also repair one of my pockets. It arrived back looking, feeling, and smelling like a brand new jacket. I don't trust myself to re-wax it myself, and I am glad that Barbour offers these services and others in house so that I don't have to worry about compromising the quality of my jacket and can leave it to the professionals to make it last a lifetime. After all, my aunt still has the Barbour my grandfather bought her when she was in college. 


With Black Friday and Cyber Monday around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favorite stores to shop Barbour pieces online who may have some styles on sale in the near future. A Barbour coat is an investment, and if I had a dollar for every time I wear mine, I'd probably have this one and at least two other ones hanging in my closet. The quality, classic style, and ability to add additional pieces to fit your needs makes it so worthwhile (especially on sale). 

My Favorite Retailers for Shopping Barbour:

Tuckernuck: I love Tuckernuck in general, especially when shopping Barbour since they have a section specifically for it. You can shop jackets, accessories, and cute additions to outfits all in one place while also learning more about each style to ease in your decision making. I would hold off to see what their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales are like because, in the past, they've offered anywhere from 20-30% off. I don't know for sure if they will include Barbour in this sale or not, but with my jacket alone, that would be a discount of about $80-$120. 

On Tuckernuck's site: Barbour Beadnell // Barbour Bedale // Dark Olive Fleece Betty Liner // Classic Waxed Cotton Detachable Hood

Nordstrom: Barbour goes on sale a little bit more frequently on Nordstrom's site. I've seen their pieces available in the Anniversary Sale over the summer and during periodic sales as well. In the past, they have included Barbour in their Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, so if Tuckernuck doesn't have what you're looking for, I would make that my next stop. And let's be real, who doesn't love an excuse to browse Nordstrom's site. 

On Nordstrom's site: Barbour Beadnell Jacket (currently on sale for $249) // additional colors of Barbour Beadnell Jacket // Barbour Goodwood Waxed Jacket (currently on sale for $299)

Bloomingdales: I haven't personally ordered any of my Barbour pieces from Bloomingdales, but I have noticed that they allow you to use discount codes for some of their Barbour styles in stock. They've been doing lots of great promotions lately, so it's a retailer certainly worth keeping in mind.  

On Bloomingdale's site: Barbour Beadnell Jacket // Barbour Betty Vest // Barbour Acorn Waxed Jacket // Barbour Waxed Cotton Hood

Saks Off Fifth: Over the summer, I shared some of the Barbour jackets I spotted for sale on their site. It wouldn't have been my first guess at a retailer for the coat, but since they carry Saks products at a discounted price, it makes sense. I wouldn't suspect that a ton of Barbour jackets would be on sale on their site now, however in the offseason, when stores and warehouses are looking to clear out their inventory for more seasonally appropriate items, it is a great place to check for a deal. 

The Classic Styles:

If you're a girl (I just assume most of my readers are), the two classic styles for a waxed Barbour jacket are the Beadnell and Bedale (compared above). You really can't go wrong with either, so it just depends on your preference.

Accessories to Add Along the Way:

Dark Olive Fleece Betty Liner // Classic Waxed Cotton Detachable Hood

Barbour Look Alike Jackets For Less:

Since I completely understand that not everyone is going to be as sold on these jackets as I am, I have found some jackets that look like Barbour jackets at a lower price point and have included them below for you. I focused on women's styles, but if you're looking for a great Barbour dupe for men, this Double L Waxed Jacket from LL Bean looks very similar and comes in two colors



J.Crew Barn Jacket with Liberty Floral Print, comes in 3 colors, full price $168 currently on sale for $69.50

LL Bean Upcountry Waxed-Cotton Down Jacket, comes in 2 colors, full price $199

Fatface Sussex Jacket, comes in 5 colors, full price $145.00

Land's End Waxed Water Resistant Utility Cotton Jacket, comes in 3 colors, full price $119.95 currently on sale for $47.98

Amazon Legendary Whitetails Women's Saddle Country Shirt Jacket, comes in 3 colors, full price $79.99

Whenever I post an image in my Barbour, I always end up getting several questions, so I hope this was able to answer some of them for you while also giving you a heads up about retailers that will likely be providing significant discounts on Barbour in the coming days! 

1 comment :

  1. Hi....
    If you want a casual companion for your jeans, chinos, corduroys, sweaters, and cardigans, the Barbour waxed jacket is definitely worth it. Apart from that, there are also not many other companies to produce a lot of waxed jackets and not many of them have the same commitment to quality and durability as Barbour has.
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