Eco-Trend: Urban Farming

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With spring in full force, we are feeling a renewed commitment to saving the environment. Many of our favourite brands have put forth collections that emphasize sustainability (way to go, Columbia and Patagonia!) and this season, we are looking forward to finding other ways to become more eco-friendly.

An eco-trend that is popping up across the city is urban farming – we can get on board with the idea of gardening in the city! Despite a lack of surface area, earth lovers within the city limits have found ways to grow their own produce in a small home or condo. Save some money on groceries, save your body from GMOs and pesticides, and save the planet – this summer, try planting vegetables in your own backyard. Here are a few of the tips we’ve picked up from researching how to make urban farming happen.

What is Your Set-Up?

In order to get into urban farming, you do need a certain level of sunlight. The ideal direction is a South-facing garden without any obstructions – that way your plants receive light for the majority of the day. Second best is a West-facing set-up, as the sun will shine on your garden during the afternoon. While an East-facing garden isn’t impossible, it isn’t ideal as sun-loving plants won’t grow as well.

Once you’ve figured out your sun situation, the next step is deciding on the style of garden you are able to have. If you are in a condo, a small container garden may be your best bet. Go with a hanging planter to live on your balcony, or get creative and Pinterest-y with some rustic containers to bring out that farmer-chic style. If you happen to have a backyard, you are likely lucky enough to have room for a real garden! Using nothing but plywood and some good soil, you can craft your own garden box to suit your size needs – even a 4×4 raised garden bed can house a wide variety of delicious vegetables!

For either location, a vertical garden can be a great choice. Either make your own (spring DIY?) or find a multi-potted vertical planter at your local store. It looks beautiful with the various leaves poking out, and allows you to grow more plants with less square footage.

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Pick the Right Crop

Just because your garden is small doesn’t mean that you’re stuck growing herbs (but don’t get us wrong – herbs are a great choice)! There are a variety of vegetables that will flourish in condo containers or small backyard gardens. Almost anything can be grown in a container as long as you are aware of spacing and don’t overcrowd your veggies. Bell peppers, hot peppers, peas, tomatoes, and lettuce are all easily grown in an urban setting. Add in some of your favourite herbs such as parsley or mint, and you’ll be ready for summer barbecues in no time!

Here’s a helpful tip to improve the taste of your tomatoes: plant them next to a basil plant! The basil will enhance the flavour of the tomato (and probably make you crave a homemade pizza).

Dress the Part

Just because you don’t live in the country doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part! If you plan on spending time outside tending to your garden, make sure that you are properly clothed for spring weather. A waterproof outer layer paired with convertible pieces will allow you to spend the day outdoors without feeling uncomfortably hot or cold. Columbia and Marmot’s convertible pants will take you from shorts to pants and back again with no effort at all, and a chic pair of overalls combines fashion and function, keeping your bottoms from sliding down while you are bending down closer to the earth.

Since you are dressing for an eco-friendly task, why not look to some of our eco-friendly brands? We have recently focused on the sustainable fashions put forth by Columbia and Patagonia, and are so proud to carry a wide variety of brands that are committed to saving our planet.

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Spring Jackets & Rubber Boots: A Re-Vamped Ode to Your Childhood

Article by guest blogger Julie Redmond.

Eat your heart out fashion enthusiasts. Spring is here which means it’s time to renew and re-establish relationships with your mind, body and closet. Dust off those rain coats and rubber boots because it’s starting to pour…tears of happiness for it’s a new fashion season. So, let’s start it off right with jackets and rubber boots!

Even though rubber boots are their own respective category of footwear and a shoe strong and versatile enough for the ages, I can’t help but think of the Sesame Street Rubber Ducky song or of a micro pig in rubber boots. I know I’m not as cute as either of those but the theme of this blog did give me an opportunity to splash around in puddles (sans rubber duck) and have some fun matching my wellies to some stylish spring sheaths. In my opinion, that gives rubber ducks and tiny pigs a run for their money.

Something that we typically don’t think about styling are rubber boots but, the best way to in fact style them is with a jacket! I might be stating the obvious but if it’s raining and you’re wearing boots, you’re probably going to want a jacket in tow. And if you’re like me, you might wear rubber boots when it’s not raining. (It’s all for the Instagram pics amiright?)

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We are starting out strong with this classic fisherman’s inspired raincoat so naturally I’d pair it with overalls for a strong east coast vibe. Of course, there are many outfit alternatives for underneath but be advised that this is still very acceptable to wear even when you’re not catching fish.

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This jacket and boot combination got me very excited because much like the Rubber Ducky song, it took me back to my childhood when all the kiddies had rubber boots and a polyurethane coat. Not to have this confused with the ever-daunting question, “am I too old for this outfit?” The answer is no…for some things. We can have fun with our fashion too and that’s the beauty in these two pieces. They are youthful enough for the youngsters yet graceful enough for the grownups.

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Have fun with those weather shielding accessories too! This bubbled, birdcage umbrella lets me see where I’m walking, it doesn’t flip inside out when a gust of wind comes in hot and it is ever so perfectly coordinated with the boots. Let’s not forget, this is about fashion after all.

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I’d like to move the focus slightly away from rubber boots and on to trendy trenches for a jiffy. I wanted to showcase a great way to style a beautifully blush jacket with pieces all in the same colour family. Monochromatic outfits are a thing of fashion’s future and I’m beyond excited that I got to do this in my favourite colour! I’ve paired them with a light colour sneaker mostly because it’s still wasn’t raining. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be pairing this outfit with my Hunters anytime but it’s great to see versatility especially head to toe in one colour because one may not have pink shoes.

Dressing head to toe in one colour takes a lot of pressure out of planning an outfit because you’re only working with one colour palette. This also gives you an opportunity to add some colour into your wardrobe. Everyone has a black, navy blue or grey jacket. Now, there is nothing wrong with that, I myself have many in those shades but pink can still be timeless as well. You would wear a black coat with black pants and a black top so do the same with other colours. Have fun my fashion friends!

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Don’t be afraid to plan your outfits starting with your outerwear. We often view our outerwear as a function over fashion which makes sense but why can’t it be both? It can be and it is. We invest in these pieces that protect us so make use of them.

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Some of you might be inquisitive about this outfit. I myself am very inspired by it. I felt there was a lot I could do so why not just take it over the top? Says the girl who’s worn a faux ostrich feather coat on top of overalls with a glittery belt and metallic socks paired with silver high heels. And that’s just a normal day so this is quite dressed down for me.

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The bomber style track jacket is something we saw hitting the street fashion trends a couple seasons ago and they’re back in full force. Designers are using this an opportunity to play around with prints, patterns, textures and update previous designs from their collections. This is a Juicy Couture piece you guys! I bet you weren’t expecting that. This isn’t Mean Girls circa 2004 anymore. They are updating and retailing for all the right reasons!

We are also seeing a lot of the floral and athletic stripe combinations straight from the runways to street style. If this bomber and the graffiti wall behind me don’t scream #streetstyle then I’m doing something wrong.

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It finally rained! Well, it snowed and then melted but naturally I’d take an obligatory jump-in-the-puddle pic! Oh, to be a kid again. As these images were being taken, a gentleman walked by and stated that my parents would be upset I’m playing in puddles. Well sir, even if they are, it was worth it!

The point that I’d like to make with this outfit is the weather changes in five minutes or less but you can still be chic while staying somewhat dry. There have been numerous times I’ve been caught in a rainstorm in shorts but there is no rule against wearing rubber boots and a raincoat with shorts or a skirt or a dress. Ok, my stems might get a little wet but I’m not mad. Clearly! Look how much fun I’m having!

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The most beautiful part about this jacket is, just like when we were kids, we can roll this up and turn it into a fanny pack! Voila! Compactable for when the skies stop crying and we get to bring back that rockin’ 90’s trend.

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I’d like to take our attention back to the gentleman who said I was essentially acting like a child in the puddles. I truly was not offended by that but what he doesn’t know is that it wouldn’t matter if I was splish, splashing away or rolling in mud because I have boot shine! (Insert infomercial product revealing sound effects here.) I bet a lot of you didn’t know you could shine and protect your rubber boots. I didn’t know until recently either and I’m never looking back. The product shown is specific to the shiny boots but there are protectants for matte finished ones too. I believe this is crucial because this style of shoe takes a big hit, much like our winter boots. They guard us from the elements so in turn, we should take care of them. We spray, polish and wipe away the salt stains from our UGGS and Sorels so please do the same with your rubberized kicks. I’m not joking when I say this was the easiest shoe clean I have ever done. That says a lot because you don’t need a lot of elbow grease to polish your shoes.

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I’m fearless in these boots! Seriously, this was a deep puddle and I was just on the shoreline.

This look is a more classic and practical combination but there’s a twist. Rose. Gold. Hardware. And now it just went up ten points on the fashion scale. What I love so much about this jacket is I can easily wear it with jeans and a t-shirt while I’m out and about but I could also sport this for a dressier event. The rose gold immediately spices it up in all the right ways and I can control the shape of the silhouette with the waist tie. It is also navy blue so it’s not obnoxious but it’s also not the same black jacket that everyone else has. No offence.

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This trench immediately transports me to London Town, especially with my walking stick umbrella. Sophisticated and well-travelled, right?

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Here’s a closer look at the beautiful details of this jacket. The popped-collar is extra popped because I tucked the hood in it making it stand closer to the heavens. Having rose gold hardware, well, need I say more? I practically lunged at this piece when I saw it because this really sets it apart from other outerwear.

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So, whether it’s a trench, bomber, raincoat or fanny pack-able jacket, tall rubber boot, short rubber boot, shiny or matte, take advantage of the changing season and the extreme uncertainty of the climate. There is so much opportunity for creative combos and don’t forget, these pieces are meant to be worn in the elements so go ahead and splash around!

xoxo,

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C81HVCAUQAAPnDYJulie is a Calgary-based fashion stylist with a background in event management and administration. She is a sparkle-loving, gold enthusiast who had a vision of styling more than just herself. While working for a leading boutique public relations agency in Calgary, she was recognized by top-tier clients to assist with their styling needs. Balancing current trends with classic pieces, Julie will ensure your wardrobe is a genuine reflection of your unique personality while helping you radiate an inner self confidence. Regardless of age or body type, Julie will help you feel your absolute best through a relaxed and comfortable process. www.stylebyjr.com

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ECO Style: Patagonia

This Spring, shop our selection of environmentally friendly products from Patagonia.  Patagonia is committed to building the best product while causing no unnecessary harm and using business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis. Now more than ever, it is important to consider our environment when choosing our clothing and we are proud to offer a variety of Patagonia products that are bluesign approved, fair trade certified and made with traceable down.

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Reasons to Love Patagonia
  1. Eco-friendly brand
  2. Producers of numerous award winning pieces
  3. Gives back to many charitable initiatives to protect our planet
Why We Believe in Patagonia

Bluesign Approved
In 2007, Patagonia became the first brand to officially join the network of bluesign system partners. Patagonia employs methods and materials in their manufacture that conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment. The bluesign system is the solution for sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. Learn more about the bluesign system here.

Fair Trade Certified
Patagonia is out to change the industry. Fair Trade is a tool used by Patagonia to raise workers’ wages, improve their standard of living and move them closer to earning a living wage. A premium is paid for every Fair Trade Certified item that carries Patagonia. That extra money goes directly to the workers at that factory, and they decide how to spend it. The program also promotes worker health and safety and social and environmental compliance, and encourages dialog between workers and management.

Traceable Down Standard
Patagonia down products contain only Traceable Down. This means that the company traces the source of down from parent farm to apparel factory to help ensure that birds are not force-fed or live-plucked. The Traceable Down Standard provides the highest assurance of animal welfare in the apparel industry.

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ECO Style: Columbia’s Outdry Extreme Eco Jackets

This Spring, shop Columbia’s earth-smart raingear that does good for our planet and offers high quality protection against the elements. Now more than ever, it is important to consider our environment when choosing our clothing. Sporting Life is proud to carry the Outdry Extreme Eco Jackets for men and women, that are dedicated to protecting our forests.

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  1. 100% recycled fabric made from 21 plastic bottles
  2. No PFCs sre intentionally used in this product. (May contain trace amounts)
  3. Made from dye-free fabric which saves over 13 gallons/51 liters of water when compared to a standard dyed jacket.
  4. Dry wicking fabric with advanced moisture management
  5. Outdry Extreme: No wet out with ultimate breathability.
  6. Fabricated with recycled trim. Labels, toggles, zipper pulls, thread and eyelets are all made from 100% recycled content.

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Columbia’s Outdry Extreme Eco Jackets are bluesign® approved.

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bluesign® product labeled textiles contain components that are resource saving and sustainably manufactured according to the bluesign® criteria. That includes not only fabrics but also accessories such as as zippers, buttons, buckles etc. Furthermore, the suppliers and manufacturers have been verified for their compliance with the bluesign® standards controlled by bluesign® experts.

Pair your Columbia Outdry Extreme Eco Jacket with this eco-friendly backpack from Fjällräven!

Since it’s debut in 1978, the classic Kanken backpack from Fjällräven has been a popular staple. Now with the environment in mind, the Re-Kanken backpack is made entirely from polyester that’s recycled from 11 plastic bottles and dyed with SpinDye technology that radically reduces the amount of water, energy and chemicals used. This timeless accessory now saves our precious natural resources and is an every day companion with the same genius design as the original ready to  be carried and travelled with and recycled again in the distant future.

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How to Dress for an Urban Rainy Day

Fashionable and fun rain gear is the silver lining to a lousy-weather day. If you are running errands or strolling outdoors, don’t let wet weather ruin your plans. Stay dry and protected with our best selection of rainwear and accessories available in a wide range of styles and colours. It is important to be prepared for unpredictable city weather and surprise downpours when you are busy and on the go. Stay dry out there!

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Rain never looked so good. The key to dressing for a day in the rain relies on essential items. Start with a waterproof or water repellent raincoat in a bright colour…don’t forget about rain boots and an umbrella! These essentials will keep you dry in a pinch. Go about your day in style and shop our top rainwear picks for everyone in the family! A great rain outfit will definitely brighten your day.

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How to Dress for an Active Rainy Day

Don’t let rain and fog stop you from exploring this spring! Conquer an active rainy day on the hills, trails and parks with our best variety of rain jackets, footwear and accessories. Our breathable and waterproof styles are made with durable and dependable fabrics like Gore-tex® and Dyneema®. Learn how to dress for a day outdoors with essentials that will keep you feeling dry and warm on your adventure!

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The key to dressing for an active rainy day lies in a few essential items: a dependable waterproof jacket with a hood, a fleece hoody to keep you warm, waterproof footwear and a great backpack to hold everything you need on the go. Shop our picks for everyone in your family!

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Rain Ready Essentials for April Showers

Early spring weather can be unpredictable, but you can still master your style when the forecast isn’t in your favour. Prepare for damp and soggy days ahead with our favourite rainwear essentials that are as functional as they are practical. We have pieces that will fit all your needs and a wide variety of styles for everyone in the family! Sporting Life is your one stop shop for all things rain.

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Coats and Jackets

The rain won’t dampen your spirits with our large selection of waterproof and windproof raincoats and jackets. We have options for every budget, activity and lifestyle. Depending on the type of rainfall you will endure, there are a variety of different lengths and fabrics available to suit your needs. It is important to understand the levels of water protection: Waterproof fabric repels non-stop precipitation and protects you in a downpour, while water-resistant and water-repellent fabrics will protect you from light rain and drizzles.

Best Value
These budget-friendly jackets from K-Way are lightweight, packable and come in a variety of colours suited for everyone in your family. Layer them over your favourite sweater to keep dry and comfortable during a downpour!

Active All-Weather Use
For an active day in the rain, you need a practical jacket that you can depend on. These styles from Arc’teryx, Black Yak and The North Face can be worn around town for urban adventure as well as on a hike or run on a damp day. These waterproof, lightweight and packable styles are perfect for on the go convenience.

Eco-Friendly
The packable Torrentshell jacket from Patagonia is the perfect rain jacket for the eco-conscious shopper. Patagonia is a bluesign approved brand committed to the conservation of the environment. The design features a waterproof and breathable shell and an adjustable hood. Get one for every member of your family and enjoy a day of hiking – even when the clouds unleash some rain!

Fashion Friendly
Give your rainy day outfit a fashionable boost with styles like ponchos, trench coats, a-line cuts and details like large military pockets and vibrant colours. These chic styles will be the silver-lining to any gloomy rainy day ahead. Our fashion forward picks will get you excited for April showers!

Umbrellas

The umbrella may be the most important rain essential. They are equally cute, compact and functional and are key to keeping you dry in a pinch. Undoubtedly an umbrella will keep you dry, so it is important to have multiple at your disposal: one for your car, one to keep at work and one at home will ensure that you are prepared for those surprise rainfalls. With all the fun prints and colours available, you can also coordinate your umbrella to your spring outfits!

Rain Boots and Waterproof Footwear

Step outside in confidence during a downpour and splash around in any puddles with waterproof footwear and rain boots. Your footwear preference in the rain can depend on the activity or style you are going for. Rain boots come in bright colours and prints that are sure to brighten your rainy day and match all your outfits. For a fun vibe, feel free to mix and match your outfit from head to toe!

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The Bluesign System

With Earth Day approaching and a general heightened focus on the environment, brands are revealing a strong commitment to ecological sustainability for their spring and summer collections. One such initiative can be found in the form of the bluesign system.

What is the bluesign system?

The bluesign system is the solution for sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets & controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.

Bluesign partners employ “methods and materials in their manufacture that conserve resources and minimize impacts on people and the environment.” This system serves as an efficient solution for chemical suppliers, textile and accessories manufacturers as well as fashion brands.

Bluesign is old news for one of our favourite brands: Patagonia. The brand committed to the bluesign system in 2007, and was the first brand to officially join the network. 10 years later, many of Patagonia’s products are bluesign approved, and their commitment to environmental conservation is one of many reasons why we love the brand. Many other companies are following suit and growing their line of bluesign approved apparel.

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There are 5 principles behind bluesign’s implementation of sustainable processes:

  1. Resource Productivity
    • During the complete process of textile production, companies use as few resources as possible. This means cost efficiency, as well as optimized process efficiency by minimizing both energy and material output. There are plenty of challenges that come with textile production, so bluesign sets ecological and economical priorities in place in order to meet those challenges.
  2. Consumer Safety
    • The bluesign system meets the highest requirements to provide consumers both ecologically high-quality textiles as well as a clear conscience. Bluesign promises not only high-quality textile products without health risks, but also compliance that sustainability is implemented in each and every step of the production process. The goal is for the lowest possible impact on both human health and the environment.
  3. Water Emission
    • Bluesign aims for the reduction of water pollution in its processes. This is done by eliminating harmful chemicals and fostering the use of state-of-the-art waste water treatment systems at its partners factories. The bluesign system looks to return purified water into the water cycle and to minimize impact on the aquatic environment. There are specific requirements regarding water pollution control and bluesign minimizes the amount of harmful substances in wastewater.
  4. Air Emission
    • Active climate protection includes the use of low-emission components as well as optimizing energy consumption and monitoring emission limits for the whole process chain. The textile production process causes air emission at every step: the effects of deployed raw fabrics, chemicals or other resources. The bluesign system targets this from the beginning of the process and aims to reduce CO2 emissions.
  5. Occupational Health & Safety
    • The bluesign system employs strict guidelines regarding the use of more sustainable chemical products along the supply chain. This in turn has positive impacts on the working conditions of bluesign system partners. For example, bluesign requires obligatory training programs concerning storage and handling of harmful substances and protection against environmental pollution in its partner facilities (i.e. dust and noise).

As we at Sporting Life continue our journey towards environmental sustainability, we are proud that a number of the brands we sell are official bluesign partners!

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Spring’s Biggest Trend: Bomber Jackets 101

Everything you need to know about this timeless style!

Bomber jackets have a long history originating from the mid 20th Century until now and their increasing popularity among today’s fashion forward trendsetters mean that the versatile style is here to stay.

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1940s

Originally worn by military pilots during World War II, bombers were made for wear in a cramped cockpit to keep pilots warm and comfortable during combat.

1950s

After the Korean War, bomber jackets integrated into civilian style. Famously, Police departments added the Bomber jacket to their uniform and this style wasn’t just for pilots anymore.

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1960s to 1980s

During this time, Punks and Skinheads would pair their skinny jeans and Doc Martens shoes with a bomber jacket. The bomber was used more as outerwear than a uniform staple during this time.

1980s

Bombers gained popularity during the 80s when famous actors in Hollywood films wore the style.

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2000s – Runway to Real-way!

Bombers surged in popularity again in the fashion world and now styles are accessible to everyone. Bombers in the modern age are either fairly close to the original classic or tailored to modern tastes with unconventional fabrics and embellishments.

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With a wide range of bomber styles emerging in recent years, what makes a bomber a bomber?

  1. High Collar
  2. Left Arm Zip Pocket
  3. Ribbed Cuffs
  4. Snug Waist
  5. 2 Front Pockets

Over the years, main components of the bomber jacket such as snug cuffs and waist, wraparound collar, pockets and short silhouette have remained the same. However, over time we have moved away from the traditional style with the addition of lightweight fabrics, embroidery, embellishments and longer hemlines. Nowadays bomber jackets come in a variety of lengths, fashion colours and fabrics. From outerwear to sportswear, you can find qualities of the classic bomber jacket in many new modern styles today. Today’s modern bomber is a double duty classic acting as a fashionable and practical piece for your wardrobe. You can find styles that will keep you warm and dry with the introduction of water repellent and wind resistant fabrics.

HOW TO STYLE YOUR SPRING BOMBER JACKET

The bomber style is flattering and goes with a wide variety of outfits for many occasions. There will never be one way to wear your bomber. Unleash your rebellious spirit and pair a Bomber jacket with your next outfit!

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How to Style Barbour for Spring

Since 1894, Barbour has produced stylish, durable, heritage outerwear that stays true to its roots in the British countryside. While the company has evolved over time (learn more here) their designs remain a British staple and have found success across the pond in North America. This spring, Barbour has come through once again with fashion forward styles that will keep you looking fresh when the rain falls and the wind blows.

After scrolling through Pinterest, we found some great Barbour outfit inspo for spring. Keep reading to learn how we would style three of our favourite Barbour silhouettes; with these key styles, you can’t go wrong with your outerwear this season!

The Yellow Rain Coat

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Who doesn’t love a yellow rain jacket? This spring’s new Katabatic Jacket blends the looks of two Barbour icons – the Durham and the Beadnell – to create a longer-length women’s waterproof jacket with unbeatable functionality and unquestionable style. It features a detachable hood, a snap button storm placket and an adjustable drawstring waist!

Add a nautical striped top, ripped denim, chic sunnies and a fresh white sneaker, and you’ll be ready for all of the weather changes coming at you this season.

The Wax Jacket

Did you see our post on the history of the wax jacket last fall? This Barbour classic has stood the test of time and will have no problem handling finicky spring weather. The Beadnell for women and the Beaufort for men are suitable for all climates and their relaxed fit will look good whilst being active outdoors. It is also able to accommodate both zip in liner and hood, which is perfect for spring layering.

We love the idea of mixing hard and soft – a structured wax jacket with sturdy rain boots are picture perfect with a flowy spring dress. For men, use your wax jacket to dress up a simple t-shirt, jeans and sneakers!

The Quilted Jacket

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If anyone knows how to make a quilted jacket, it’s Barbour. A brand new addition this spring is the Holton Bomber – considering how much we love bomber jackets this season, this new style is very exciting. The Holton channels classic bomber styling with a shorter length, a stand collar and ribs to the hem and cuff. Barbour’s iconic Dress Tartan trims the lining.

We’re feeling so inspired by photos of stylish men rocking their quilted jackets. This spring, try the Holton Bomber with a classic polo, lighter wash jeans and a fashletic sneaker for a sporty yet preppy look.

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