“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.
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.