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Casual @ London - Tower Hill


For this Wednesday a little outtake from the archives, something I was wearing last year around this time. And well, was wearing pretty much same outfit what I was wearing yesterday -  just the beard is missing in these pics.  

Going casual with the SL Bedale by Barbour

In case it's not about work (or Pitti / some other #menswear related occasion) I like to go rather casual while traveling and holidays. I don't really feel a need for example to wear a suit or a tie on my "free-time" and if possible I usually opt for light colored denim, simple button-ups & sweaters (nowadays crew necks) or roll necks, sometimes maybe a "lightweight", unstructured sport coat. Just as here, which is actually the fit I was wearing on my last day in London last week.

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This was also my first wear of the Barbour SL Bedale jacket that I bought during my visit @Trunk Clothiers.

The jacket is a slimmed-down, shortened version of Barbour's classic riding jacket, originally designed for the Japanese market (now also available in Europe at many places such as Trunk, End Clothing and Kafka at least), offering a bit more contemporary cut.

The SL Bedale is actually my second Barbour jacket, the first one (also bought this fall) was a Liddesdale Heritage (which is also a bit more slimmed cut) quilted jacket in navy blue. Both excellent, versatile and pretty price worthy choices in terms casual wear.

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The jacket is made in Barbour's South Shields factory from their classic Sylkoil waxed cotton, lined with a traditional tartan pattern and features a brown corduroy collar. I hope and believe that the jacket will just improve with age and wear, as the waxed cotton gets some nice patina and becomes more distinctive and moulds itself to the wearer. As said by many, these kind of jackets are probably on their best only after a good amount of wear and age.

Plus I trust that as I haven't got a decent raincoat acquired yet, this one will serve me through the more rainy days of this fall.

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Jacket as mentioned Barbour Bedale SL, Navy blue lambswool crewneck sweater by Uniqlo, butto-up shirt from Mastai Ferretti, Weekday denim and Sutor Mantellassi suede chukka boots. Bag by Mismo and the orange wool beanie made by a friend of mine.


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