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    Barbour - Beaufort vs Classic Beaufort vs Bedale



    I've decided that my larger purchase this fall for seasonal attire is going to be a fall/winter coat that I can wear to work sometimes (when biz casual, not in full suit) but that can also be used casually as well. I've heavily leaning toward a Barbour Beaufort...


    "Beaufort"

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=8978


    "Classic Beaufort"

    http://www.orvis.com/store/product.aspx?pf_id=12EP


    Here's a great explanation from SF and a blog regarding the differences:

    http://www.styleforum.net/t/149242/b...assic-beaufort

    http://johnpacheco.blogspot.com/2006/09/barbour-beaufort-jacket-guy-things.html


    I think I'll go with the non-"Classic" in sage or the rustic color, but wanted to see if anyone have any good (or bad) experience with the Beaufort? I've read the SF posts, so no need to link to those, but wanted to get a Dappered opinion if anyone has one.


    Also, anyone want to chime in on why I should get a Bedale instead? Seems to be slightly shorter and a tad bit trimmer. Given my not expecting to layer under it often, would buying a smaller size (42 instead of 44, I'm typically 43L/44L suit jacket) be the way to go? All this keeping in mind that I'm relatively tall (near 6'3) and not rail thin (225 lbs, typically 36 waist) and don't need it to be a slim fit per se.


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    I like the non-classic Beaufort in navy and rustic.

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      Definitely consider sizing down, especially if you can afford to do it length-wise. I bought (and returned) a Barbour jacket earlier this spring, in my normal size, and it completely swamped me. They're not joking around with that "classic fit."





      Nice jacket. It just looked awful on me.


      By comparison, here is the fit of the J.Crew jacket I ended up buying:




      Ben

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        #4


        That's a night and day difference, BenR. It seems that J Crew stole Barbour's design on that one, though. In the end, it's all about what looks and fits best (and of course price is a major factor), but all things equal, I would prefer the original.

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          Yeah, the Barbour was definitely objectively a better jacket. But the J.Crew one ain't bad either, and cost less than half what the Barbour did.

          Ben

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            @BenR -- Thanks for the pics, I do remember those now (have I been on Threads that long already? ...) Definitely plan on checking out the Orvis store in NYC as it's less than a 10 min walk from my office and plan to try things on. Between being a generally larger guy, hopefully the Barbour will treat me well.


            @Alan -- I thought about the navy as well, but for some reason blue cord on the top seems odd to me. We'll see how it looks in person. The sage with brown cord contrast is the more 'classic' look, but it'll come down to what looks best in person.

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              @ hornsup84 - If you are not completely set on beufort - check out the barbour x jack spade jackets. They are considerably more expensive, but they are really nice. I tried on this one and it looks great, fits great and really warm. If you sign up for jack spade emails - 15% off 1st order - which makes it little bit more palatable - but still super expensive. One of the few times when the jacket looks even better in person.


              http://www.jackspade.com/Barbour-Hop...8134_color=318

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