the westminster news
Published by the students of Westminster School
By Sung M. Cho ’22
Image Credit: barbour.com
November is hurtling toward us, and as it always does, the month carries with it the finer points of life: pumpkin spice lattés, the quadrennial election, and of course, the start of another Barbour season at Westminster School.
Operating under the Royal Warrant bestowed by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty the Queen, Barbour brings the heritage of the British countryside to Williams Hill.
They — the Ashby and Bedale wax jackets — begin to dominate Westminster fashion culture in late fall, especially within the boys’ sphere (Beadnell for girls), and it’s not hard to see why: the winged corduroy collar, the tinge of sage, and the checked tartan interior endow the wearer with an aura of stately sophistication.
Though some balk at its price tag, the Barbour is extremely functional. The jacket works extremely well with a formal ensemble such as a jacket and tie. It also can be worn casually with a shirt or sweater. Students wear it deep into winter, a testament to its warmth, even with the absence of goose down. All this to say that the wearer will enjoy the jacket for a large chunk of the year, and many years or even decades for that matter, justifying its particular price point. After all, it boils down to price per wear. Additionally, when compared to other Westminster winter apparel — Canada Goose Chateau Parka, Moncler jackets — Barbour is much more affordable.
Like a fine wine, each wax jacket will develop its own patina through the course of many years, making one’s jacket truly their own. It’s a garment for life, and a heritage brand that delivers exceptional quality and value. Westminster is home to scores of these jackets, and is quite the presence in November and December. Though the pandemic will no doubt affect in-person learning in the coming months, Westminster fashion culture remains alive.