The Bedale is one of Barbour’s most popular wax jackets. It was introduced in 1980, and has become a popular choice for city dwellers, and country folk alike. It is essentially a shorter modern version of Barbour’s Beaufort wax jacket whilst retaining all Barbour’s signature attributes – it has barely changed since it’s launch over thirty years ago.
I have always wanted a Barbour wax jacket – I really do not know why I took so long to get one. I already have two Barbour quilted jackets (the Liddesdale, and the Chelsea sportsquilt), and a fleece gilet, but I have always held back on the wax jacket until now.
I finally caved in when I decided to try the Barbour Bedale wax jacket on in Selfridges on Saturday. I had to have it once I had tried it on, and I was surprised at how inexpensive it was considering it is a wax jacket, and because it is Barbour after all.
I love how this jacket works in both the city, and country – it’s warm, and inadvertently stylish (even Olivia Palmero has this jacket!). My only fear is I do not want to look too Sloane Ranger esque (as much as I love Sloane Square…). I opted for the olive colour, as it’s such a classic colour, and I rather like the classic Barbour tartan check you get with the olive.
Worn here with a Reiss jumper, Nudie jeans, Mulberry belt, and Hunter wellingtons (quelle horror have I become a proper country boy?!).
The Barbour Bedale wax jacket is waterproof, has useful large front bellow pocket, a large two way ring pull zip, hand warmer pockets, an internal breast pocket, and knitted wind cuffs at the wrist. It is in every respect a very practical robust outdoor jacket.
If looked after properly, and reproofed sporadically as required Barbour wax jackets have been known to last decades, and become sort of family heirlooms almost. They are designed to be able to withstand the severest of weather conditions (not that you would catch me in such conditions!); consequently Barbour wax jackets hard wearing, and long lasting. The collar is studded for an optional hood which you can buy, and there is also an optional zip lining you can buy for extra added warmth.
The Bedale also comes with a Barbour enamel pin/badge that you can put on the corduroy collar; however personally I will not bother as it already says Barbour on one of the front pockets – I think having that, and the pin would be a bit too much. From what I gather most Barbour wax jackets come with such a pin; I think however they look better sans pin.
What do you think, are you a fan of Barbour’s wax jackets – or do you think they are best left in the country?