I've been eyeing Barbour Ashbys lately. They fit me nicely (as a short-ish 5'7" male) and work well with my general "image" and outfits (as a grad student, jeans and casual leather shoes, sometimes with a blazer).
To me it is the perfect rain/weather jacket that I can wear when a ski jacket isnt necessary but it is too wet for wool.
My pet peeve: the F-ugly "signature" tartan. I just don't wear those shades of brown and tan. They don't work with my color scheme. Even if they did I would never wear that particular tartan because it is a vomit-like combination of colors and shapes. And I find the aspirational values that that pattern screams kind of disgusting too. I really don't want to advertise I have a Barbour too, but it seems like a relatively inexpensive and functional rain coat with clean lines on its EXTERIOR.
So, to get to the point:
Does anyone know if Barbours can be found with solid colored linings? (for the navy jacket, a solid royal blue interior would be _perfect_ but hell even black would be better than that tartan). Even a tartan based primarily in blues and whites would be preferable.
What other jackets could fulfill this purpose--as a nice looking, clean-lined, solid colored "shell" for everyday wear that isn't a ski jacket and isnt wool (which won't work for me in the wet) and that can fit over a sport jacket if I have a conference?
What are Barbour Ashby alternatives? (with nicer interior colors)