Today, I’msharing with you my new quilted Barbour jacket which is a great transitional item to take from Winter intothe Spring months. It was an unexpected gift from Mr MAB on Christmas morning. I was rather chuffed when I received it. And it cheered me up on our second “lockdown” Christmas (can’t believe it’s our second).
It is a long time since I have owned a Barbour jacket. The first one I had was in my twenties. The style I had back then was a boxy waxed jacket which I wore until it fell to pieces. So, I was thrilled with this surprise prezzie. I loved it immediately. So much so, I swanned around the house in it for much of the day, styled with my PJ’s!
There really hasn’t been any opportunity to wear it since. Hopefully, I’ll put that right over the coming months. A quilted jacket is a lovely addition to have, especially for the cooler months.
As we come out of lockdown and put on our glad rags to celebrate, everyday clothes will still be the mainstay of our wardrobes. So, to be Spring ready, I will be pulling on jackets, coats, and layers.
Some ideas for you
That said, I might need to take a water bottle or continental quilt out with me as it’s so cold, right now. Jokes aside, over the next few posts, I will begin to share with you the layers I will be wearing to transition into the summer months. This will, hopefully, give you some inspiration if you are thinking about venturing out. I am certainly ready to move on.
My quintessentially British Barbour jacket is diamond-quilted and was first introduced to the Barbour range in 1979. It has evolved over two decades to become the iconic “Liddesdale”, which has remained a cornerstone of the collections ever since.
My jacket was created and designed as part of Barbour’s 125th-anniversary celebrations. This one is a limited edition, so I’m thrilled to have it. They have kept the velvet collar and cuff binding, an exposed two-way zip and angled zipped pockets. The collection’s signature ‘B’ motif appears along with gold piping under the collar. I knew, immediately, when I tried it on that I loved it. And, I know how versatile this jacket will be.
Barbour was founded in 1845. They have been creating these jackets and outerwear for which it is known since 1910 – keeping true to their designs and only adding small modern updates. An example of this is their partnership with Alexa Chung.
My sonowns one, and, following some bribing and persuasion, he agreed to let me take some pics of him wearing it.
This Barbour jacket is a traditional waxed version.
Barbour is sometimes associated with “Sloane Rangers” and“outdoorsy” types. But, it isn’t just the royals who give Barbour the seal of approval. Barbour has an illustrious fanbase, some of which you can see below:
Diana, Princess of Wales.
Steve McQueen – who I have always had a mad crush on!
A Barbour jacket is an investment piece. They are typically pricey but will last for years, and they always have a look of quality and style.
This seems to be the longest winter, ever. January 2021 was officially the coldest the UK has seen in 10 years. Hopefully, it’s almost done. This week, for instance, we have been experiencing biting winds with a blast of snow in the North East of England, making it very chilly. My daily walks have been faster paced, battling the elements – sorry, a tad dramatic, here! We’re all desperate for a little bit of sunshine and warmth!
Regardless of the weather, the positives are vaccinations are being administered at an impressive rate. I’ve had my first one. Hopefully, you have had yours, too – or it won’t be long before you get your appointment.
Also, here in the UK, we can now meet up with friends, outdoors. And, from Monday, some pubs have reopened (outside only). This would be great if our climate was warmer. The reality is, it will probably be a quick half pint of lager then retreat to the warmth of our kitchen, again. We have a table booked at our favourite pub and I’m looking forward to seeing familiar faces, again. So, we shall see how it goes.
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