Weatherproof your Wardrobe: Margaret Howell for Barbour
British summertime is back – cue the familiar grey drizzle and welcome return of denim into my life. Much as I enjoyed the glorious weather, by the end of the heatwave I’d exhausted all my wardrobe options. The return of normal temperatures (and torrential downpours) feels like the right time to take a proper look at the Margaret Howell for Barbour collaboration. The small collection launched earlier this month but I was all posh kaftans and Super Shirts at that juncture…
Designed by Margaret Howell and inspired by the Barbour archive, this is a British partnership made in fashion heaven. Forget the quilted versions worn by HRH, Margaret Howell knows how to dress gentlewomen beautifully and has opted for waxed cotton, more relaxed silhouettes and earthy tones, instead. There are three outerwear options: two waxed jackets and a waxed poncho, all with an elegant tomboy aesthetic. The coats have been designed with Barbour’s signature wax finish, corduroy top collar and storm cuffs, but given the Howell treatment with their cut, shape and nonchalant styling.
‘As an admirer of the Barbour jacket and living with one myself for many years, I was thrilled to be asked to collaborate with the company,’ Margaret Howell said, ‘Delving into their archive was a real joy and very stimulating. For me it’s very satisfying to work on purposeful clothing that is well made and made to last.’
In my fantasy life, I wear head-to-toe Howell – but like the designer, I’m sorted for a long-lasting Barbour. Until the next sample sale, then….
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