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Why you need Barbour's tartan shirt

22 August 2018

There’s no denying the brilliance of the summer we’ve had so far: long, hot days that seamlessly blend into longer, hotter nights; morning after morning of outrageously blue skies; the way we can roll out of bed in a T-shirt and shorts without even worrying about what the weather will do later.

Sadly, the time has come to face the fact that the days are getting shorter and the temperature is only going to drop from here on out. But don’t despair, because all of this comes with its benefits – primarily, a new excuse to invest in the best pieces for autumn.

Enter Barbour’s new release of the perfect modern take on the classic shirt. Inspired by the company’s Scottish roots, the collection of shirts focuses on traditional colourways, a modern, streamlined silhouette and a range of different tartans (smaller tattersalls, ginghams and country checks are just a few) – each one in the perfect piece to brighten up an otherwise neutral outfit. We caught up with Barbour’s senior design manager Andy McMillan to find out more about the collection.


Who is the Barbour man? Describe him in three words.

Confident, modern and rugged.

If you could see one stylish man, dead or alive, wearing Barbour, who would it be?

Salvador Dali. He was unique and forward thinking.

When designing a new collection, what’s the first thing you do for inspiration?

My inspiration can come from everywhere and everything, but colour is a lead factor when we start

the design process, particularly when designing shirts.

How important is Barbour’s heritage to each new collection you design?

Our heritage is something we always consider when starting new collection. The rich archive is a great source of inspiration.

Talk us through this particular collection. What inspired you the most?

This season we grouped the shirts into fabric types. We have looked at traditional tattersall patterns , giving them a modern colour twist. The rich tones of the Scottish highlands have been transferred in soft brushed checks  – perfect for a relaxed weekend look. Lastly, wardrobe staples are also in there with the cord shirt, ginghams and everyone’s favourite: the ultimate Oxford – which is our twist on a standard Oxford – where we give a brushed soft finish for the winter season.

What are your top tips for styling shirts like these?

Our shirts are fairly versatile and can be styled many different ways. The key factor when designing the checks is to make sure they go well with denim and a Barbour jacket. So my tips would be: layer for the weather and build your look around the colour of the shirt. Your check shirt styled with white tee, dark denims, navy wax jacket, a pair of red fleck thick socks with a pair of suede desert boots is an easy look everyone can pull off. And don’t be afraid to add accessories to complete the look.

What would be your advice for a man taking his first steps into the world of printed/tartan shirts?

Buy a brushed soft option - ideally in a heavier weight - and go with a darker colourway until you feel confident enough to wear the bright shades.

What is your favourite shirt, and why?

A white oxford, it’s a classic that everyone should own (I own around 3) think they are one of the only shirts that seem to look better as the day goes on.



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