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Key Piece: Barbour Beadnell Jacket

“Study how water flows in a valley stream, smoothly and freely between the rocks. Also learn from holy books and wise people. Everything – even mountains, rivers, plants and trees – should be your teacher.”  -Morihei Ueshiba

Comfortable in our routines and serious little schedules, how often we forget to look at the wide world around us. I remember once reading that it takes hearing a true statement seventeen times to forget a false one. Similarly, habits repeated daily become such a natural part of our lives that they require hard work and pointed self-awareness to change. This fall I have worked on unlearning a few old shopping habits and helping better ones take root: Looking for more long-lasting goods, finding second-hand staples, and focusing on where, from what, and how the clothes I choose to buy are made. You may note some changes and new features around here – I hope you enjoy them.


Lots of options and sales at Nordstrom, Saks, Macy’s, and Bloomingdales.
Occasionally pops up at The Real Real.

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2015 update: I sold this jacket and replaced it with a roomier Barbour Ferndown Waxed Cotton Jacket in black (size UK 10). It fits better over sweaters.

Similar waxed cotton jackets that are ethical and/or made in USA: Filson, Filson, Bridge & Burn, Bridge & Burn, Coalatree Organics, Taylor Stitch, Campbell Cooper, Schott, John Partridge, Epaulet, Wilson & Willy’s.


  • I have the Girls’ Large (Age 10-11, UK 30″, Euro 40) in “Olive” and it fits me perfectly with a tailored cut. I normally wear a women’s small in jackets and sweaters and am 5’7″ and measure 32-24-32″.
  • Handy measurements comparison:
    – Girl’s Large Beadnell: 39.3″ Chest / 24.4″ Back / 26.6″ Arms
    – Women’s Extra-Small Beadnell: 36.2″ Chest / 27.8″ Back / 29.2″ Arms
    – Girl’s Extra Large Beadnell: 41.5″ Chest / 25.4″ Back / 27.8″ Arms
  • The sleeves cuff to bracelet length, and it has a tailored fit but is still roomy enough to wear a light sweater underneath when all zipped up. If I wanted to wear winter sweaters underneath, a Girls’ Extra-Large would work well.
  • The Girl’s Large hits right at the hip for me.
  • This jacket is lightweight and very well-made. It’s perfect for transitional weather in spring and fall, and layers well.
  • Beadnell’s sleeves cuff to bracelet length and the whole jacket is a tailored fit for both girls’ and women’s sizes. Order your regular size if you’re looking to layer it over a fleece, thick jumper, or puffer vest for colder months.
  • Barbour waxed jackets come in black, navy, olive, sage, and other neutrals, plus the occasional red and coral. I’ve noticed that often the Liberty-lined jackets go on sale faster than the tartan-lined ones. Last year’s (sold-out) olive Beadnell with Liberty rose print lining was one of my favorites.
  • J. Barbour and Sons is made in northeast England – Factory tour.
  • Barbour Girls’ Beadnells are usually half the price of Women’s Beadnells. Opt for a children’s size if you normally wear a US 2 or 4 and find a deal!
  • Vintage authentic Barbour Jackets are also usually less expensive and can be found on Tradesy. Just remember to factor in the cost of rewaxing.