Harrington Jackets

I have a khaki Wrangler Harrington jacket, which I was convinced it was a bomber jacket. Now I've read the difference is in the collar. Lined with a darker khaki and with a clear military vibe, I can wear it only with jeans.

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You wear bomber?
Yes, I've a couple including a Buzz Rickson Army Air Forces one, which is actually too small for me now, but I do wear to go the tank station, or for nipping out on some errand in the winter. They're light and warm, utilitarian and easy on and off.
 
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The Harrington has long forgotten associations in British sub culture, but every now and then one is reminded of the men with strange haircuts like the chaps in the pictures above posing with Weller (taken before he gave up on barbers and moisturiser). But although I appreciate the silhouette of the Harrington/bomber style, the Stewart tartan lining is the dividing line I don’t care to cross, not only does it stand out but it is quite difficult to match other items with. A more subdued house check lining is preferable. Here are three of my jackets: a suede varsity style Burberry’, a Grenfell G4 style which I bought in J Press during their stsy in Bleeker St, a proper pensioner colour but good with some outfits and another G4, again by Burberry’s.
 
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View attachment 43882View attachment 43883View attachment 43884The Harrington has long forgotten associations in British sub culture, but every now and then one is reminded of the men with strange haircuts like the chaps in the pictures above posing with Weller (taken before he gave up on barbers and moisturiser). But although I appreciate the silhouette of the Harrington/bomber style, the Stewart tartan lining is the dividing line I don’t care to cross, not only does it stand out but it is quite difficult to match other items with. A more subdued house check lining is preferable. Here are three of my jackets: a suede varsity style Burberry’, a Grenfell G4 style which I bought in J Press during their stsy in Bleeker St, a proper pensioner colour but good with some outfits and another G4, again by Burberry’s.
With you 100% on being careful with the lining. Harrington I haven't had since my teens, but I have a few leather jackets and I think one of those (a black one) has a subdued check which women have commented on approvingly.
 
With you 100% on being careful with the lining. Harrington I haven't had since my teens, but I have a few leather jackets and I think one of those (a black one) has a subdued check which women have commented on approvingly.
I don’t leather up too much, I’ve got a Schott pilot jacket in the wardrobe but it doesn’t come out much. However I recently bought a Vanson jacket for the motorbike and I’m so taken with it I might wear it as part of a casual outfit, it makes me feel like Marlon Brando.
 
With you 100% on being careful with the lining. Harrington I haven't had since my teens, but I have a few leather jackets and I think one of those (a black one) has a subdued check which women have commented on approvingly.
The bold tartan lining is an essential ingredient, imo. The one exception is for a red harry, which looks awful with a clashing red tartan lining. That is one color that is best from Ben Sherman with their more subdued check.

For leather jackets, the good ones are made in Scotland where a Lochcarran lining is a common upgrade. Lewis Leathers in London offer a bright red tartan in a few models. That said, I get mine made with plain cotton drill.

I don’t leather up too much, I’ve got a Schott pilot jacket in the wardrobe but it doesn’t come out much. However I recently bought a Vanson jacket for the motorbike and I’m so taken with it I might wear it as part of a casual outfit, it makes me feel like Marlon Brando.

Post in the leather jacket thread! Vanson is known as one of the best motorcycle jackets for fit and comfort. While it’s no longer available, they used to be able to source some amazing steerhide.
 
The bold tartan lining is an essential ingredient, imo. The one exception is for a red harry, which looks awful with a clashing red tartan lining. That is one color that is best from Ben Sherman with their more subdued check.

For leather jackets, the good ones are made in Scotland where a Lochcarran lining is the common. Lewis Leathers in London offer a bright red in a few models. That said, I get mine made with plain cotton drill.



Post in the leather jacket thread! Vanson is known as one of the best motorcycle jackets for fit and comfort. While it’s no longer available, they used to be able to source some amazing steerhide.
Dropbear is to Leather Jackets as Shooey is to shoos, Barking.
 
The Harrington has long forgotten associations in British sub culture, but every now and then one is reminded of the men with strange haircuts like the chaps in the pictures above posing with Weller (taken before he gave up on barbers and moisturiser). But although I appreciate the silhouette of the Harrington/bomber style, the Stewart tartan lining is the dividing line I don’t care to cross, not only does it stand out but it is quite difficult to match other items with. A more subdued house check lining is preferable. Here are three of my jackets: a suede varsity style Burberry’, a Grenfell G4 style which I bought in J Press during their stsy in Bleeker St, a proper pensioner colour but good with some outfits and another G4, again by Burberry’s.
Yes - not everyone can wear a Harrington well - it takes a certain kind of man - especially to wear a tartan check lining - mortals and try hards will be afraid to tread the path but the real man, the Big Daddy, will wear it and conquer the world.

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Fantasy meets grim reality...

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Events can escalate pretty quickly when you've run out of super strength lager...
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You could draw that conclusion, but any similarity to actual persons, forums trolls, living or dead, or renegades who came over here, is purely coincidental.
But have they achieved "the look ", a term that JFM introduced to them and which has recently made a comeback over on Talk Ivy?
 
The bold tartan lining is an essential ingredient, imo. The one exception is for a red harry, which looks awful with a clashing red tartan lining. That is one color that is best from Ben Sherman with their more subdued check.
Agreed on the tartan part, it's like the Burberry or Acquascutum ones, an integral part of the brand wether you like or not. The critism about the current models is also way overblown, I've found them to be one of the best fitting and most durable harringtons out there. Their colour selection is second to none.
 
The Harrington has long forgotten associations in British sub culture, but every now and then one is reminded of the men with strange haircuts like the chaps in the pictures above posing with Weller...
This is unfortunately a problem for British Ivy rather than American Ivy or American Trad. The coarse 'mod' hair cuts and misappropriation of clothing was a feature of menswear only in Britain, and Europe and perhaps Australia and New Zealand, was it not? In The States the original classiness of the style was not tarnished like this.
 
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The sub-culture reference I can't get over. The skinhead ''bovver'' boy look in the early 80s. Basically thugs that you needed to avoid.
This is unfortunately a problem for British Ivy rather than American Ivy or American Trad. The coarse 'mod' hair cuts and misappropriation of clothing was a feature of menswear only in Britain, and Europe and perhaps Australia and New Zealand, was it not? In The States the original classiness of the style was not tarnished like this.
The Brits had/have a more in-your-face traditional underclass than here on the continent, but other than Harrington jackets I don't think they ever took up the Ivy look. Not even preppy. Lacoste and RL was always aspirational.
 
This seems good value, my Ventile Private VC Harry just arrived. I gifted my Grenfell peached non Grenfell cloth Harry as my Father hinted he wanted it after I said it was redundant. My Lambretta is looking worse for wear and could be in British Heart foundation charity shop before you know it...

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It's 100% cotton outer which is a pre requisite. I am waiting for a Grenfell sale for a Grenfell cloth Harry, but that could be forever
I feel like the modern Bond in my Ventile Harrington. I still haven't scored another Grenfell. The Grenfell fabric French Navy is on my wishlist.

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I just ordered this Schneider Harrington from Malford of London only £49.99. 100% cotton outer...

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This thread inspired me to pick up a hunter green Harrington, with which I've been very pleased. Glad I came across the discussion here!
 

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