Stylist James Wells: A Guide to Timeless Originals

Our in house Stylist, James Wells, is giving us the lowdown on how to style this season’s Timeless Originals collection.

March 2nd 2017
The summer is on its way and we’re looking for top tips on styling this season’s Timeless Originals collection. Working at Barbour for two years as our in house Stylist and with a background in Modelling and Fashion Buying, James Wells from Barbour HQ is best placed to advise us on how we should be wearing the SS17 Heritage collection.  
As a general top tip James explains that more is better this season, pile on the layers and be sure to play with different crops within your outfit showing off the individual pieces. 
The Spey Outfit
James tell us that “The whole Timeless Originals collection is about an exaggerated silhouette. I wanted this style to have minimal emphasis on accessories, it should be about the clothes. The focus of this outfit was the Barbour Summer Spey Wax Jacket that was inspired by our archive fishing jacket, I rolled up the sleeves to highlight the exclusive Barbour tartan lining and paired it with the cropped Barbour Pleated Chino Trousers for a fresh summer feel.”
The Solway Style
The Timeless Originals collection was designed by our Menswear design team taking a modern approach to womenswear and James reveals that when styling these pieces he did his best to project the effortless and simple utilitarian style they had developed when creating the collection.
Set amongst an earthy, rusty backdrop, with strong tonal colours, this location offered the perfect scene to coincide with our land and sea theme this season. Our Barbour Solway Wax Jacket, is unzipped to showcase the Barbour Cross Back Crew Neck Jumper in rust, highlighting the importance of dominant mid-layers this Spring/Summer. James finished the outfit off with the Barbour Heritage Denim Jeans in a rinse wash and the Barbour Natalie Cupsole Trainer for the perfect daytime look. 
The Ros Outfit
“Inspired by traditional workwear, functionality is the premise of this style. The mix of the raw dark denim seen in the Barbour Heritage Jeans and the quilted chambray Barbour Ros Overshirt in a bleach wash offer an impeccable contrast. In my mind this style was for meeting up with friends and shopping so I added the Barbour Heritage Reversible Tote Bag to make it functional.” James tells us. 
Inspired by the Bedale
The collection is inspired by the North East of England’s coastline and James explains that when creating this look he was playing on the perfect half and half sand and blue sky background. James started with the Barbour Long Length Waterproof Hooded Bedale Jacket in Navy and matched it with our Barbour Pleated Chino Trousers in light stone, reflecting the half blue and half sand colours of the backdrop. “This style is easily transferable for our blog readers, the align shape of the jacket and the neutral tones of the overall outfit makes it an easy go to look for the whole summer.”
The Meg Style
Breezy spring walks call for an ultimate knitwear piece, we asked James what he’d advise we go for this season “A wardrobe staple has to be the Barbour Meg Shawl Cardigan, being right on trend it’s an update on last season with its slouchy style and ribbed collar, reiterating what I was saying about layers being important this piece goes brilliantly with the Barbour Short Sleeved Polka Dot Shirt.”
As part of our Heritage campaign we took a day trip with blogger couple India and Magnus, discover their guide to the coastal town of Tynemouth, which was the location of Timeless Originals photoshoot.  
The SS17 men’s and women’s Heritage collections are available to buy instore and online.