The Harrington Jacket
Whether it is for a weekend stroll to your favorite brunch spot or an evening out with friends, the Harrington jacket is a cool and stylish companion for any situation.
The Harrington jacket is a waist-length, lightweight, and breathable jacket, which makes it a perfect option for spring and summer layering.
Characterized by a tartan interior lining and other signature details like its double buttoned collar, two-way zipper, button-fasted slanted front pockets, and ribbed trimming at the cuff and hem, the Harrington Jacket maintains a minimal yet functional design and gives off a cool, laid-back vibe.
As it is thin and lightweight, yet still warm, the jacket is arguably a three to four season piece, which is an added bonus when considering that every piece you add to your wardrobe should be one which you can use across multiple situations and get plenty of wears out of.
A Brief History of the Harrington Jacket
Like so many other iconic menswear styles like the three-piece suit, the trench coat, and riding coats, the Harrington Jacket has Great Britain to thank for its origin. It was developed in Manchester, England in the 1930s and gained massive popularity during the 1950s and 1960s.
James Dean wore them in movies like “Rebel Without a Cause” and countless frontmen of British bands in the 60s and beyond have counted on the Harrington Jacket as a wardrobe staple.
With a history like that, it is easy to see why countless leading men in Hollywood (like Jason Statham and Bradley Cooper) have gravitated toward this jacket to create a casual yet smart look.
How to Wear a Harrington Jacket
For a more laid back and dressed down look, we’d recommend pairing the jacket with a simple white tee shirt and lightweight chinos. Here, we’ve styled the tan Harrington with our Vintage Crewneck T-Shirt in Yellow and our Light Wash Johnny Stretch Slim Fit Jeans.
The Double Zipper
While the jacket looks great worn open, we think it’s worn best when styled taking full advantage of the dual zippers. To highlight the streamlined and well-fitted cut of our Harrington, we’d recommend zipping the top zipper up 25 or 75 percent of the way up, to either mimic the same V-shaped opening a sports jacket or V-neck sweater might produce.
As for the bottom zipper, we’d recommend experimenting from not zipping it up at all to within a few inches, allowing the jacket to open up at the bottom of the torso, which can subtly reveal a belt (should you decide to wear one).
Here at Peter Manning, the Harrington jacket is currently available in Stone, Olive Green, and Tan and, aside from having all of the characteristics of the classic Harrington, comes with our signature proper sleeve and body length.