Friday, 22 September 2017

Wax Jackets

Written by Bicester Village
There are few certainties in life, but one thing's for sure; British weather is unpredictable, which is why the wax jacket is a true British icon. Breathable, waterproof and eternally stylish, the wax jacket has come a long way since its invention 120 years ago. Whether worn by HRH the Queen or Alexa Chung at Glastonbury, the wax jacket is now lusted after for more than just practicality. Once reserved for countryside pursuits, this style staple has become a seasonal essential for city life too.

Many men claim the wax jacket as an integral part of their wardrobe arsenal, as it can easily be thrown on over a suit or casual look to keep out the elements.

Launched in 1908 as a mail order business, Barbour still manufacture their wax jackets by hand at the brand HQ in South Shields. First introduced in the 1980s, The Bedale and Beaufort jackets for men remain the holy grail of wax jackets.

Pair with dark wash denim and crisp cotton shirt for a wear-anywhere look that works on city streets and country fields. For a more utilitarian take on wax jackets, look to Belstaff, whose unisex Roadmaster Jacket has a hint of biker chic. A streamlined fit and belt detail transform the wax jacket from country staple to city cover-up. Women should look to the newly refreshed Barbous Beadnell jacket. Defined by a corduroy collar, classic plaid lining and relaxed silhouette, this wax jacket is the ultimate countryside piece. Wear with skinny jeans, a luxe cashmere pullover and Hunter boots for a modern take on country chic.

There's a reason why wax jackets are a festival-goer's best friend. For less than predictable British summer days, it makes an ideal cover-up; pair Belstaff's waxed parka with a floral, cotton dress and embrace bohemian English dressing.

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