Monday, March 21, 2011

A Single Serving Of Spring Outerwear

Since spring is, well, spring you're not going to need too many pieces of outerwear.  In fact, if you play your cards right you can pretty much get by with just one.  You may already have this one perfect piece of spring outerwear, but if you don't I'd like to make a case in favor of the Barbour Liddesdale.  This lightweight yet warm jacket can take a beating and holds up great in any spring weather short of a monsoon.  Style wise it's pretty much as on point as anything Barbour designs.  There is a corduroy collar, snap closure side vents (most commonly seen on Barbour's Bedale model) and comes in a ton of colors.  You can grab something subtle in a neutral color (i.e. olive or navy) or go bold in some of the bright options for S/S 2011 (i.e. orange, red, royal blue).  Now, on to fit.  Most people I know, and myself included, have sized down.  I pretty much wear a medium in everything and a size small Liddesdale fits me perfectly.  It's easy to layer over or under my tailored clothing and other casual jackets I have for spring.  For example, this weekend I threw it over an old Engineered Garments field jacket.  The Liddesdale also features something so many other jackets fail to capitalize on - trim sleeves.  Overall, you're getting a ridiculously versatile jacket that is going to be your go to all season long for, at most, $150.  In my mind, it's the perfect single serving of spring outerwear anyone could ask for.


[Last two images courtesy of The Sartorialist.]

-L.A.S

19 comments:

  1. This looks great & seems like a great addition. Trim sleeves is a huge selling point for me, considering thats the majority of my fit issues. I'll definitely be on the look out for one of these in Kansas City to try on. Lord knows, it will be impossible to find in the Midwest.

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  2. Looks like he forgot the outside of his jacket.

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  3. I like the Eskdale which is a bit longer (think Bedale vs. Beaufort) but the woman who runs the Newbury Barbour shop told me they discontinued it. It's still on the Country Attire website though. I wish they'd do a grey flannel like Patrick Grant's Lavenham in the Esquire videos.

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  4. I personally like the Chelsea over the Liddesdale, shorter and more trim

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  5. Quilted coats always reminds me of bag ladies.

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  6. Perfect for that lesbian horse trainer look.

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  7. My grandma wears a coat like that, but don't let that stop you.

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  8. You need to block anonymous comments, or just change "Anonymous said..." to "Asshole Dude Brah said..."

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  9. Love Barbour jackets...hate the stupid short sleeves look

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  10. "Perfect for that lesbian horse trainer look."

    +1

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  11. Belstaff makes a motorcycle warming jacket that is similar. It's a bit trimmer and snaps into some of their coats. I used it to winter-proof some of my lighter fall jackets. As far as spring goes, it's a bit hot for certain days, so keep that in mind if you are thinking of the Barbour option.

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  12. make sure to rock the student discount if it applies. the insanely hot girl who works at the Barbour near me always reminds me to use it.

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  13. Anon. who thinks Schorsch should sack upMarch 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Mini-quilted jackets always looks like removable liners to me, and the cut & corduroy collar remind me of the boring canvas "barn jacket" that every mall "outdoor guy" brand has been selling for ages.

    Bottom line -- anyone who recognizes it as a Barbour will suspect that you bought it because it was the cheapest piece you could manage.

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  14. A men's style blogger blogging about Barbour? Unusual.

    I miss the days when the Orvis store wasn't full of a bunch of condo and cubicle dwelling ex-suburbanites trying to mask the fact that they haven't worked a day of manual labor in their entire life.

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  15. I miss the days when people frequented sites they actually enjoyed rather than being anonymous dicks on sites they don't.

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  16. Husky of old had a slimmer body but these boys are pretty good.

    That said whoever does the 'Barbour' embroidery on the pocket needs to be given another job. Not needed.

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  17. I recently bought one of these and it's one of the most useful jackets I own. Throw it on over a long sleeve t-shirt and jeans when it's a little brisk in the evening, or wear it over a dress shirt & sweater for a nicer night out when it's cold. Some really bitter people commenting on here...it's just a jacket, I didn't realize you had to be a British lord or a landowner/horse trainer to wear one.

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  18. wow what an awesome jacket they are, i really wants to purchase one of them..... :)

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