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Chic in Barbour

by habituallychic

03 . 10 . 11
Barbour didn’t invent oilcloth or waxed cotton coats but they sure did make them chic. What other company could lay claim to outfitting Steve McQueen and Queen Elizabeth?  I personally love the quilted versions and own the Ladies Flyweight Utility Jacket in dark stone.  The oil cloth coats tend to look a little boxy and unflattering on women unless you buy a belted option or add your own like Olivia Palermo. It really is the boys who look best in Barbour.  They are all over the Upper East Side this time of year and are my kryptonite but even the downtown boys look pretty cool in them too.  If you own one and live in New York, you might want to pull out because I hear it’s going to rain the next few days.  Happy almost Spring!
I don’t think all these styles are Barbour but they’re close enough.
Photos from Barbour.  Other photos that were taken by a certain fashion blogger were taken down after his office told me that I violated his copyright on them.

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  1. katiedid March 10, 2011 | 2:46 am

    Kind of a classic! I am hopping on over to the website now.

  2. Karina Gentinetta March 10, 2011 | 2:57 am

    I have coat envy! Here in New Orleans it is so warm that we are wearing shorts. I know, what am I complaining about, right? Well, it’s just that every once in a while, it would be nice for the seasons to change and be able to wear one of those stunning jackets!

    Thanks for the post.

    Karina Gentinetta

  3. meenal bishnoi March 10, 2011 | 5:29 am

    Some of them do carry it very well while other are looking rather frumpy…wish we had the weather for that here in India…i’m dreading the summer already!! Hope you’ll drop by my blog someday soon!! xx meenal

  4. CB March 10, 2011 | 5:31 am

    It took a paint-on-the-cashmere storm system incident (resolved, thank goodness) to get the husband back into his Barbour a few weeks ago. I’d forgotten how excellent they are, even if it is hard to get pet hair off the oilcloth ones.

    And how adorable does Olivia Palermo look with hers belted?? Love!

  5. camdesign March 10, 2011 | 6:20 am

    looks like Kate might be wearing Diana’s coat… interesting pictures.

  6. Mary Middleton Design March 10, 2011 | 9:40 am

    It’s almost a rule that you can’t live in England without a Barbour – it’s a necessity of the weather.

    The British Millerain Co. makes waxed cotton products, but another truly stylish piece of kit is the mackintosh. Or how about a rainmac from aquascutum or burberry?

    However even my dachshund has a Barbour!

  7. guinness and luv March 10, 2011 | 11:10 am

    Barbour is iconic, but don’t overlook JG Glover and Zjohn Partridge oilcloth and waxed coated for ladies and gentlemen. The ladies’ coats are a little less ‘unisex’ in cut, and the sweaters are prettier than Barbour sweaters any day.

  8. Ulla March 10, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    You forgot my picture from garance dore where I sm wearing my brown barbour!
    Hope all is well, greetings from my holidays in Berlin.

  9. Style-Edition March 10, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    I love a guy in a barbour coat! I bought one for my boyfriend and he thought I was crazy to spend that much on that type of coat but I couldn’t help it. Such a classic! I’m going to share your post with him so maybe he’ll understand 🙂


  10. Chic Coles March 10, 2011 | 8:51 pm

    Everyone in my family has a Barbour jacket..we’re crazy for them!