The Blouson or Harrington (as known by some) was made famous by the Mods of the 60’s. Teamed with an oxford button down and 501s – this jacket was the quintessential uniform for youth. Nowadays it is worn by those young and old, regardless of clan or tribe. Here we pay homage to the many variations that have been created overtime – timeless in every sense of the word.
A brand founded on a love of traditional British men’s clothing, Hackett are a great place to start when it comes to a piece with a culture and history as deep as the blouson. The brand was founded in 1979, but due to the classic style and cut of many of their garments, feels like it has been around for far longer. This navy blouson (£146) is just about as classic as they come, with a full front zip, folded collar, and studded flapped pockets.
Japanese brand Uniqlo don’t exactly personify the British tradition of the blouson, but for those looking for a stylish jacket based on traditional fashion, but with a modern twist, this is a great brand to go for. Massive in Japan and fast growing in the worldwide market, Uniqlo pieces are also fast becoming a good investment for the future, too. This Olive Zip Blouson (£60) has all the hallmarks of the classic blouson (front zip, folded collar, and side pockets) at a very accessible price point.
Burberry have been making an impressive resurgence in the fashion landscape lately, so when it comes to blouson, what better luxury option to go for than the brand renowned for it’s distinct British attitude? This black cropped blouson (£550) mixes classic with modern very well, mixing the point collar with the cropped helm and buckled sides to give a traditional look updated for today’s trends.