Style Pick of the Week: Barbour Classic Bedale Waxed Jacket

The ruggged, classic jacket that’s going to make it a heck of a lot easier to take on fall and winter.

There are certain classic men’s jackets that are so striking and iconic, they’ve carried over the years and resisted trends and the passing of time — take the Schott NYC Leather Moto Jacket, for starters (as covered here on the blog), and add the Barbour Classic Bedale Waxed Jacket to that list, no questions asked. Among the best men’s jackets your friendly neighborhood menswear writer has laid eyes on, the Barbour Bedale Jacket is a true favorite, made to be worn all through fall and winter — day after day, snowstorm after snowstorm. To kick things off, if you’re on the hunt for a jacket to wear to Thanksgiving as you roll over the river and through the woods, this rugged Barbour jacket is the one you’re going to want on your back. Barbour has a long tradition of making the toughest men’s jackets on the market, and they haven’t missed a beat (again, in spite of the passage of time). What is it precisely about the Barbour Bedale Jacket that delivers the goods? Let’s talk about how it’s a callback to the Barbour attention to detail, for starters. While there are companies that have been making jackets for ages, the Barbour Bedale Jacket dates back to 1980, when it was arguably one of the first short, lightweight jackets delivered for outdoor use. Made to be worn when riding horseback and then pioneered by hunters and explorers (and gentlemen like yourself!), it’s a stone-cold menswear classic you should be proud to own.

SHOP: The Barbour Classic Bedale Waxed Jacket 

The right details and construction set this jacket apart.

In fact, this rugged Barbour jacket is nearly recognizable almost in an instant, made with a tough waxed canvas outer shell that’s the perfect repellent to blustery, cold countryside days (especially in its home of Great Britain). The thick plaid flannel lining is another classic Barbour touch, geared to provide extra warmth — especially when worn over your favorite flannel shirt or a rugged henley. It’s the kind of jacket that’s only going to get better the more you wear it, as the waxed canvas ages and takes on more character through each adventure (or excursion to your local brewery, at that). Heck, we haven’t even talked about the corduroy collar, another touch that Barbour has made all its own when it comes to the Barbour Classic Bedale Waxed Jacket. Heavy-duty hardware and a tough YKK zipper give you all the dependabilty you need, too. From A-to-Z, again, this is perhaps one of the toughest men’s jackets you’ll ever own.

SHOP: The Barbour Classic Bedale Waxed Jacket 

Fall Style Suggestion: Military-Inspired Outerwear

Fall is can be a tricky time for those of us interested in menswear. It’s not quite yet cold enough at this stage (at least in my neck of the woods) to wear heavy fabrics like tweed or a nice wool peacoat, yet there’s still the odd, slightly warm day. Transitioning between seasons like summer and fall is probably more difficult than transitioning between spring and summer or even fall and winter. A lot of it comes down to shelving bright summer colors and shifting to more seasonally appropriate hues. An even bigger part of the transition ties in recognizing textural differences and phasing fabrics out of your wardrobe (less lightweight linen or linen-cotton blends, and slightly heavier textures like corduroy, for example).  A great guide to making the transition stylishly can be found here, courtesy the great team at Primer.

Not quite warm enough for a lighter-weight Harrington jacket, but not quite full-on winter yet.

Not quite warm enough for this lighter-weight Harrington jacket, but not quite full-on winter yet.

Now, textural differences are also important in terms of outerwear, as layering multiple pieces in lighter or heavier weights can dress an outfit up or down.  Keep in mind that something like a hooded sweatshirt or standard winter coat just won’t do for a polished option. Looking for a sharper military silhouette in a lighter weight is one way to harness the crisp appeal of a spring-weight Harrington jacket. Military-type jackets might be a bit trendy for some, but it can also bring som serious, slightly rugged appeal. With brands like Barbour, the jacket has surged back into the spotlight across the past year, thanks in no large part to a certain secret agent.

Strong military-inspired details, a trim silhouette, perfect layering weight — the Aurora jacket from F&O.

Strong military-inspired details, a trim silhouette, perfect layering weight — the Aurora jacket from F&O.

Now, that Barbour jacket is…well, on the pricey side, for all its great looks. Other, slightly more affordable options are out there by the dozens, it seems. Personally, the Aurora Military Jacket by Frank & Oak hits the sweet spot. The sleeves and body are trim ( in a size Medium), the armholes are high without being restricting, and the jacket’s lines are clean (there’s not much excess material anywhere). It’s still relatively lightweight and waterproof with a cotton-nylon exterior, but it feels more substantial. That means it can be tossed on over a v-neck sweater and an OCBD while still functioning well. If it gets too hot, strip off a layer under the jacket. Too cold? Add a denim jacket or another layer over a sweater and OCBD — and put that underneath the jacket. The price point is within reach for most (and if you’re a member of the Hunt Club, store credit could apply here, too). And, its military-inspired looks are on-point both stylistically and fashionably. Toeing that line can be tricky, but if there’s any jacket that can crisply and effectively cross the divide between fashion and style (as well as the start of fall and the start of winter), a strong military piece can be a tremendous wardrobe addition.