***For their 50th anniversary the generous people at Merc have provided our readers with a code which will allow them to save 20% off their next purchase. Just use the code MERC2017 at checkout.***
No doubt Harrington jackets are one of my favourite items for the spring season.
A good spring jacket is hard to find. You need something that can handle the often unpredictable weather: rainy and windy one moment, warm and balmy the next.
The Harrington jacket is the perfect candidate to straddle these swings in temperature and precipitation during the spring. All while keeping you looking imminently stylish.
Harrington jackets are typically made from a lightweight cotton/poly blend providing excellent protection against the wind and rain. These jackets also tend to have an umbrella-like vent on the back that wicks away water from the shoulders.
Other key features of the jacket include: ribbed sleeve cuffs and bottom hem, slanted, buttoned, flap pockets on each side of the front of the jacket, and a zippered front with a two button, “funnel neck” enclosure.
There are a lot of companies out there making Harrington jackets these days. Some great, some not so great.
Among the great is the UK based clothing company Merc.
Merc has been specializing in menswear since 1967. They initially focused their clothing line on the mod subculture that originated in the UK during the 1960’s but have since adapted their style to target a wider clientele.
One of Merc’s signature items is their classic Harrington Jacket:
Recently, the kind people over at Merc sent me their iconic Harrington jacket to review on the site and let me say I was not disappointed.
What I love about Merc’s Harrington jacket is it’s design. A lot of companies try to modernize the Harrington with various upgrades and changes but Merc’s jacket is about as classic as they come. I mean why mess with a good thing?
Here’s a run down of its features:
- Outer shell made from a cotton/poly blend (60%/40%)
- Ribbed sleeve cuffs and bottom hem
- Slanted, buttoned, flap pockets on the front
- Zippered front with a two button “funnel neck” enclosure
- 100% cotton tartan interior lining
Suffice it to say Merc has absolutely nailed the design of their classic Harrington jacket.
I have to admit one of my favourite features of this jacket is the interior tartan lining. It gives the jacket an awesome contrast when you wear it undone. It’s one of those subtle features that makes a big impact.
The other thing I like about this jacket is the discreet branding. There is just a small embroidered Merc logo on the left breast of the jacket. That’s it. It’s a tasteful approach and one that I fully endorse.
Here’s what the jacket looks like on me:
In this example I’ve paired Merc’s classic Harrington Jacket in navy with a basic long-sleeve raglan t-shirt from Club Monaco, catskill green stretch chinos from J.Crew, and a pair of beeswax desert boots from Clarks.
For sake of reference the jacket is a medium and I’m 6’0″ and 185lbs.
Overall I like the fit of the jacket. The sleeves and the body are not billowy or baggy at all. The jacket is very comfortable and incredibly lightweight.
However, if I were to nit pick one thing about the jacket that I don’t like it would be its length. I wish it were just a little bit longer in the body. I don’t think I have an abnormally long torso but I did find the jacket would ride up a little bit when I had it zippered. A very minor issue but something to be aware of nonetheless. A problem that can probably be resolved by sizing up.
How to wear the Harrington jacket?
The beauty of the Harrington is its versatility. You can easily dress this jacket it up or down depending on the occasion. In the example above I’m wearing the jacket very casually but I could also dress it up with a nice button up shirt, dark denim jeans, and some leather lace ups or Chelsea boots.
In fact, the Harrington jacket is so easy to wear that you shouldn’t be surprised if it quickly becomes one of your go-to jackets to wear throughout the year.
For their 50th anniversary the generous people at Merc have provided our readers with a code which will allow them to save 20% off their next purchase. Just use the code MERC2017 at checkout.
I highly recommend scooping up their classic Harrington Jacket. You will not be disappointed. Of course, Merc has plenty of other great items as well including polos, sweatshirts, and sweaters so be sure to check those out too.
Here’s to looking sharp!