I have officially joined the ranks of the preppiest of the preppy; I now own a Barbour coat. This was a completely unexpected purchase for me, but my mom helped me out with an early 21st birthday present (and their student discount helped a ton!)
I got the Vintage Beadnell jacket. I always try to buy whatever is the "classic" of whatever I'm getting. I'm a fan of the tried and true style that I can wear for years without "still wearing that old jacket". So of course, when dropping the cash for a Barbour, I went immediately for the Vintage Beadnell. I did make one leap of faith for something different; I got it in Terracotta instead of Olive. Don't make fun, that's a big deal for me. I was very worried that because it was so colorful that in 3 years people would be like "there's Catherine in her orange jacket." I needed something different though, something new and out of the box. Tough decision for me, but I went for it.
I have been so impressed with the jacket! I swear, if you're even thinking about getting one, do it!! It is more windproof than my Northface shell, really warm and is so comfortable. I'm ok with wearing it inside even, and the lining is so soft. It's a great casual jacket for 40-60deg weather, but it's also stylish enough to be good for work meetings.
I am absolutely in love and have no regrets at all about getting my new Barbour jacket. I even registered it with the company, so if anything happens to it, they can help me fix it easily. The cotton only needs to be rewaxed every 2 years, and to clean it you just wipe it off with a wet cloth. It's so low maintenance! Have I mentioned it's comfortable?
Overall, WORTH THE MONEY omg I wear this jacket every chance I get. I feel like this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship ;)