|My Field Jackets|
I loved the coat and wore it casually for many years. It kind of fit my Wilton, CT fall and mild winter weekend style. I no longer have that coat and am not sure if it wore out or if I donated it to good will because it no longer fit me during an extreme of my weight loss and gain yo-yo. In pondering what happened to this coat,I concluded three things. First, I am pretty sure that I did not wear it out. Secondly, I no longer have the coat and have no clue what I did with it. Lastly, I miss that coat and casual look and feel of it.
I have always wanted another barn coat.. That urge become more intense a few weeks ago when I got an email from Hansen's Clothing where I have made purchases before. I clicked on the linked and went to their outlet site as I am a bottom feeder. I browsed around looking for deals on Bill's Khakis and other products. I noticed they carried Royal Robbins a line of casual chic outdoorsy wilderness wear that appeals to the weekend urbane me. I browsed there and found a similar jacket they called the Billy Goat Bedford Jacket. It was about $60 and it came in two colors Light Olive and Turkish Coffee. For some reason, the Turkish Coffee resonated with me.
But, it did not want to spend $60.
I did decide to search more. So, I googled "barn jacket" and a lot of alternatives came up. It seems what I have been calling a barn coat is passé. Field coat seems to be the category these days. These kinds of jackets are available from Eddie Bauer, REI, J. Crew, and LL Bean to name a few. They are in a variety of price ranges from $40 to $400 with no collar and cuff trim, corduroy trim, and leather trim.
Nothing I saw excited me. I kept going back to the Royal Robbins jacket but I still did not want to pay $60 for it. Since, I liked that jacket, I googled "royal robbins billy goat bedford jacket." I found several on line sources, one of them being amazon.com. The amazon.com price was $20. So, I bought it. A few days later it showed up and I love it.
A week later, my mother in-law called to say she had a lot of jackets that belonged to my father in-law. They were all larges and as that is my current size, she wondered if I wanted to stop by and see what she had and if I may want any or all of them. So, I stopped by and looked that several jackets. There was a light olive LL Bean jacket of the same style. It was not quite a barn coat but definitely a field jacket.
Now I have two. I prefer to price average them at $10 each and feeling even better about them. Heading into fall, I like both of these jackets that are right on the edge business casual and knocking around. Both of them are nicer than the Lands' End barn coat I have been missing.