Styling a British Classic – The Harrington

Born in 1930’s Manchester, the Harrington Jacket has been a prominent piece in men’s wardrobes across a wide range of individual styles. Frank Sinatra, James Dean & Steve McQueen have all famously donned this timeless piece.  The jacket was actually originally designed primarily as a golfer’s jacket; lightweight and showerproof, allowing enough movement with its high sleeves and deep pocketed design, however it soon became a staple piece in a fashionable young gent’s arsenal. Today, we focus on the versatility of the Harrington and the different ways to wear it this Spring.

Heritage Harrington Style

For a traditional casual British look, pair an olive green or beige Harrington with a classic blue or white shirt. Perfect for a day in the country or down the local pub.

Both Barbour & Private White V.C sell padded & waxed authentic British Harringtons.

beige harrington

Mod Harrington Style

The Harrington has always been a key staple for the youth sub culture in the UK over many generations. It’s popularity grew post 1960’s, adopted by the mod scene at the time and remained an essential in many musicians wardrobes.

To really nail this sharp look, pair with a classic buttoned up oxford or gingham checked shirt, together with a pair of straight fit jeans and boots. Ben Sherman, Fred Perry & Baracuta are the go to stores for the iconic mod Harringtons, usually sporting a gingham print on the inside of the jacket and a traditional two button collar.

ben sherman harrington jacket

ben sherman jacket


Contemporary Harrington Style

For a more refined take on the Harrington, try a more minimalist silhouette. These modern Harringtons are lightweight and clean, with no collar buttons or detailing. A classic Navy jacket paired with grey or cream jumper is a good place to start.

sunspel navy jacket

navy minimalist harrington

Statement Harrington Style

Finally, the Harrington can be a standout piece on it’s own merit. The lack of detailing and short length lends itself to more extroverted prints. Camo is a great print to try if you can find one, a masculine look with a contemporary street style edge and perfect for Spring days over a plain white t-shirt.

camo harrington jacket

Our Favourite Harrington Jackets

For a truly authentic British Harrington, Private White V.C have just released an updated range of Harringtons Made in England.



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