|The Very Large, Bellows Pocket of the Barbour Border Jacket|
Would you be so kind as to advise me on the purchase of a Beaufort jacket? The issue is that I'm tall and slender at 6' 4" and therefore not sure if the jacket will be long enough in the sleeves and body. (I wear a 16/16 1/2 and 35" inseam in a shirt.) I may have to buy a larger size in order to increase the jacket length, but this might make the jacket too big around my shoulders (I'm somewhat narrow shouldered for my height). This is assuming that the bigger the jacket, the longer that it will be in the length. So, should I err on the side of a bigger jacket or more fitted? Is it more important that is be longer in the body or fit better around the shoulders? Thank you.
I will be buying a jacket this weekend at the Barbour store in Georgetown, Washington DC. They will be offering $50 off on Saturday. Warm regards.
Consider trying on the Border Jacket, Barbour's longest wax jacket - about six inches longer than the Beaufort. It is often difficult for a 6'4" man to wear the Beaufort - it is too short. The two styles are very similar to each other. Besides the length, the differences between the Beaufort and the Border is that the Border does not have the poacher's pocket in back, and the Border 's two bellows pockets in the front are quite sizable compared to the Beaufort. With its extra length the Border can also look a little "blousy" as you go up in size. I personally do not like the look of a fitted Barbour. It should feel comfortable and allow you to move when wearing it.
Try it on with whatever garments you might want to wear under it and think about whether or not you will want a lining. Some instead prefer a heavy wool sweater instead, although some men wear it over a sport jacket.
Other readers may also have suggestions.