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Hi I have fallen in love the Barbour jackets but I thought I would ask you, experts on suitable clothing =), where you find it appropriate to use their wax cotton jackets. Here in Sweden I often see them in the cities and often with suits. Where do you find it acceptable to use a wax cotton jacket and in addition to this; what do you think of their products in general when it comes to quality?
post #2 of 12
The quality is great. The products last forever. If the weather is really beastly, I'd wear my Beaufort over a suit. Generally, I would wear it only with casual clothing. Their long Loden Coats, Duffel Coat, and Covert Coats are very nice--and could be worn with a suit. Also, their trusty mackintosh.
post #3 of 12
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Thanks for the answer. But I don't know if I should take the model in wax cotton or sykoil, opinions?
post #4 of 12
The problem (IMHO) with the waxed cotton is that is has a fairly strong and distinctive odor. I have a friend who got rid of his Barbour waxed jacket because he claimed it was making all of the clothes which shared closed space smell the same as the Barbour. Also, be aware that the waxed jackets need to be re-waxed on occasion, thought I don't know how often that is. When I lived in London, I could not believe how many men wore waxed jackets over their suit jackets; half the time, the suit jacket was longer than the waxed jacket and peeked out below it. This looked particularly ridiculous. I for one would never wear a waxed jacket (regardless of its length) over a suit or sport coat, as I just don't think it looks good. They definitely are casual jackets.
post #5 of 12
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Thanks for the answer. But I don't know if I should take the model in wax cotton or sykoil, opinions?
I went witht the "classic" model--with the sylkoil.  Some would consider this to be an upgrade.  Also, if you are getting the Classic Beaufort jacket, there is a choice of zip in liners which can be worn separately.  I would also get the attachable hood.  And while you are at it, get the matching tartan lambswool scarf.
post #6 of 12
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When I lived in London, I could not believe how many men wore waxed jackets over their suit jackets; half the time, the  suit jacket was longer than the waxed jacket and peeked out below it.  This looked particularly ridiculous.  I for one would never wear a waxed jacket (regardless of its length) over a suit or sport coat, as I just don't think it looks good.  They definitely are casual jackets.
I concur that such a look is indeed tacky--suit coat showing below the Barbour jacket. There are some wax jackets which are fairly long--but still, I would not wear one with a suit. I agree that a wax jacket is for casual wear. Unless...there was a horrendous rain storm and the wax coat was the best protection around. (In that case, the Barbour "authentic" mac would be the solution.)
post #7 of 12
Just my two cents: I just purchased a Barbour double-twist tweed wool coat. The length is long enough to be worn with a suit coat or sport jacket, and the quality is beyond reproach. I certainly have no regrets. One other thing to add: If you are buying in the States you may want to purchase your coat in the UK. I saved $200 over the retail prices of stores in the US, even with customs duty. Z
post #8 of 12
There are some basic rules of taste to which one should adhere (for example, I never wear shoes lighter in hue than a Monte Cristo No. 4). In this vein, one should refrain from wearing waxed cotton jackets with suits. Try a covert coat if you want to mix town and country.
post #9 of 12
I wear my Barbour "Artic Endurance" coat all the time and I have even worn it over a suit in a pinch. But it's not an overcoat and I don't recommend it. My coat is made from "ventile" cotton which is a tightly woven, very water resistant and breathable cotton. When water hits it the fibers immediately swell to the degree where additional moisture cannot get through. It works pretty good. I like it better than the oiled jackets as I can't shake the idea that the oil will ruin my clothes and my car seats.
post #10 of 12
In the mail, I just received a Barbour Endurance Quilt Jacket (dark olive). It is great. Does anyone own the Barbour Loden Jacket?
post #11 of 12
I bought a navy "Classic Eskdale" few weeks ago. (at NK) It's basically a typical Husky jacket and, quality-wise I have the feeling it will last a long time. I've worn it with a suit a few times and it's a lot more relaxed than wearing a long overcoat. However, I can only get away with it with about half of my suits as it's on the short side. Worn with a sweater, it's great as it's really lightweight but I do wish it had some inside pockets as the outer ones start to bulge as soon as you put something in them and kindof ruin the line of the jacket. Regarding the waxed jackets, I think they belong in the countryside as they smell, get rumpled and untidy after a while and are, I belive, a menace to all upholstery. B
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Guys, I'd like to buy Barbour Down Explorer Jacket (in polyamide, not waxed), but some people on the Internet said, that quality of this concrete model is very poor and duck feathers "come out" from jacket all the time. Is it true?

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