As the weather cools, men can stay warm with a comfortable Harrington jacket. Indeed it is a perfect outwear because it is very comfortable and versatile. Actually a Harrington jacket is a lightweight waist-length jacket, made of cotton, polyester, wool or suede — usually with traditionally Fraser tartan or check-patterned lining. The first Harrington-style jackets were made by British clothing companies Grenfell of Burnley, Lancashire and Baracuta of Stockport, Greater Manchester in the 1930s. Unfortunately, the name “Harrington jacket” didn’t evolve until 1964 after a Baracuta G9 was worn by the actor Ryan O’Neal while essaying the role of Rodney Harrington in the TV series Peyton Place. The name was popularised by John Simons, the menswear retailer who is credited with bringing the Ivy League look to London. They still stock the jacket today. Based on that, it seems impossible to prove who actually invented it first, unless archival pictures of garments with dates are revealed.
Here are a few characteristics of the Harrington Jacket:
– it has a waist length jacket.
– mostly made of either cotton , wool or leather ( also available in synthetics )
– almost every time it has a single color on the outside.
– has an an expandable elastics along the bottom hem and cuffs.
– Has a full front zip that runs all the way up to the neck.
– Has two buttoned flap pockets on either side in the lower fronts which are cut at an angle of 45 degrees
– A classy tartan interior lining.
Harrington jacket could be the perfect multitasking lightweight jacket. This versatility means you can – and should – justify spending extra when you come to buy one.