5 Celebrities That Love Wearing Barbour

Once an outerwear style staple tailor-made for farming, riding and countryside living, the Barbour jacket has had a style transformation over the years to become hot property with the stylish elite.

From gracing the stage at Glastonbury to spending time in the gardens of Windsor, it seems that celebrities always choose Barbour for their outdoor pursuits. Looking just as stylish over dresses as when layered over a suit, Barbour jackets stand the test of time, which is why we can often see them worn repeatedly by our favourite celebrities.

If you’re wondering which celebrities wear Barbour and which are reluctant to leave the house without their favourite Barbour outerwear staple, we’ve pulled together five of our favourites at CHO. Read on to learn more about their most iconic Barbour looks and how you can adopt their Barbour style.

Table of contents: 

  1. Alexa Chung
  2. David Beckham
  3. Kate Middleton
  4. Benedict Cumberbatch 
  5. Fearne Cotton 

Alexa Chung 

An illustration of Alexa Chung wearing vintage Barbour

If there’s a celebrity that knows what’s stylish, it’s Alexa Chung. Model, presenter, writer, contributing editor to Vogue magazine and It-girl of the noughties, Alexa Chung, alongside other high-profile celebrities such as Lily Allen, Kate Moss and Arctic Monkeys, is responsible for restyling the Barbour jacket for a new generation. 

When Barbour was seen as a style piece for the upper classes, Alexa Chung offered it to the masses, pairing the brand with her Hunter wellies at numerous Glastonbury festival appearances. 

You could say that Chung is the perfect brand ambassador for Barbour, having worn the brand for years and going on to collaborate with them, designing seven collections as an extension of her fashion label. 

The Barbour x Alexa Chung collaborations celebrate the timeless, heritage style of everything that the Barbour brand stands for in a range of modern silhouettes. 

Known famously to have loved Barbour ever since her Dad gifted her a Barbour jacket when she was younger, Chung is often seen sporting her designs for the brand and a host of vintage Barbour styles.

Pair your wax cotton jacket with a mini-dress, cutaway denim shorts and wellies in the summer, drainpipe jeans, and a shirt with an oversized collar on cooler days to steal Alexa’s style.

David Beckham 

an illustration of David Beckham wearing a flat cap and a Barbour jacket

Known for being one of the world’s most successful footballers, David Beckham will be and has always been a style icon both on and off the pitch. 

He made his first-team debut for Manchester United aged 17 – winning the Premier League six times, the FA cup twice and the UEFA Champions League in 1999. Going on to play for Real Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, he retired in 2013 as the first English player to win league titles in four countries and have a celebrated international career.

Just as famous for his poster-boy good looks as his glittering football career, Beckham is known worldwide as a style icon, further confirmed by the fact that he is the highest-paid British male celebrity on Instagram.

Over the years, Beckham’s style has evolved into that of a quintessentially British English country gent. He is often photographed wearing his signature flat cap paired with a Barbour jacket when spending time in his Cotswold country home.

Whether walking his dogs in the park or chilling out in the countryside with famous friend Guy Ritchie, you can trust David Beckham to bring an effortless layer of chic to Barbour dressing. 

Pair your Classic Bedale with wellington boots and a flat cap to win Beckham-approved style points. 

Kate Middleton

anan illustration of Kate Middelton wearing Barbour

There’s nothing like a royal seal of approval to catapult a brand to success, and Royal Warrants are certainly not something that Barbour has been short of over the years. With the brand already receiving royal warrants from HRH The Duke Of Edinburgh, HRH Queen Elizabeth II and HRH King Charles III, it’s no surprise that other royal family members have an affinity with the brand.

Princess Diana was often spotted in her wax Bedale jacket, and it seems both the Prince and Princess of Wales are also Barbour superfans.

Catherine, Princess of Wales, has been sporting her Barbour Wax Defence jacket since 2012, wearing it in her downtime and for several royal engagements. A style long since sold out due to its rise in popularity after being spotted on the Princess, Kate’s olive green wax jacket isn’t the only Barbour piece in her wardrobe.

Kate also wore the Edith Jacket in 2019, a piece from the Barbour x Alexa Chung collection and is often seen sporting her Longshore quilted jacket to outdoor events.  

Add some royal style to your everyday looks by pairing your Barbour jacket with a black roll-neck jumper, slim-fitting jeans and boots, or pair it with skinny blue jeans and trainers on off-duty days.

Benedict Cumberbatch 

an illustration of Benedict Cumberbatch wearing a Barbour jacket and sunglasses

If there were a celebrity that encompassed classic British male style most perfectly, it would be actor Benedict Cumberbatch. With a timeless look that’s both distinctive and approachable, Cumberbatch rarely draws attention to himself through his outfits.

A well-respected British actor known for his work both onstage and onscreen, he is well decorated, having received numerous awards for his acting skills, including a Laurence Olivier award, a British Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy Award, as well as receiving a CBE from Her Majesty The Queen for his services to performing arts and culture. 

Most popularly known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, his classic style can be seen through his roles and personal life.

A modern gentleman, Benedict Cumberbatch’s look gives specific attention to fit and detail and takes the core elements of a classic wardrobe, adding a modern twist. 

From an affluent background, Cumberbatch is known for commenting on his upper-class British upbringing, which has helped to influence his style and sees him dress more comfortably in formalwear than in casual clothing.

His go-to traditional wardrobe staples come from classic brands, which is why he can regularly be seen sporting a classic Barbour wax-cotton jacket when he’s not wearing a trench coat or a stylish overcoat.

To nail Cumberbatch’s dapper style, pair your wax jacket with your formal office attire by wearing it over a suit or with dress pants and brogues. Or, for relaxed days, choose a tailored denim shirt or dress pants and complete the look with a stylish pair of sunglasses. 

Fearne Cotton 

an illustration of Fearne Cotton wearing a floral dress and Barbour jacket

Author and presenter Fearne Cotton has always been recognised for her style. Her six-year stint as a Radio 1 presenter allowed her to embrace her inner rock chick, a side of her personality recognised in her wardrobe choices.

The now celebrated “Happy Place” podcaster and author of eight self-help books still often collaborates with numerous fashion brands, adding her vintage seventies-inspired boho style to many looks.

A lover of British fashion, Cotton can often be seen wearing British designers such as Olivia Reuben and Bella Freud alongside classic British heritage brands such as Barbour.

In the 2010s, Cotton was one of the first to take Barbour from the countryside to a more urban environment, often papped wearing her Barbour wax-cotton jacket while shopping in London. 

Part of the fashionable elite, she helped transform the Barbour brand making it an accessible choice for the modern-style set desperate to copy her look. 

Steal Fearne’s Barbour style by pairing your hooded wax Barbour jacket with tights and ankle boots and a bright, floral print dress to add a pop of colour to your look. 

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