The Harrington jacket got its nickname from the 1960s soap opera "Peyton Place." The character Rodney Harrington (played by Ryan O'Neal) was often seen wearing this style of jacket.

The Harrington Spectrum

Invented in 1937 by English company Baracuta, the Harrington jacket is an ideal spring layer that's looked good on guys of all ages for decades. Somewhere between a casual golf jacket and a technical raincoat, they're often made from cotton and feature a ribbed hem and cuffs, along with that iconic two-button throat latch. Here are a few of the best ones we've seen lately:

Nike, $68 / $54

This sporty nylon style includes a drawstring bottom and button cuffs, differing a little from the traditional ribbed cuffs and hem.

Woolrich, $99

This plaid-lined cotton/poly interpretation comes in a variety of colors with tonal horn buttons on the hand-warmer pockets.

Baracuta, $275

J.Crew updated the jacket that started it all with a trimmed down fit and gave the cotton a water-resistant Teflon coating.


ASOS, $72

Cut from cotton in a classic fit with a funnel neck and ribbed cuffs, this is an affordable, no-nonsense interpretation.

Polo Ralph Lauren, $200

This has the traditional detail of a rain guard on the back and is lightweight, making it ideal for warmer weather.

Fred Perry, $300

This bright red style is made in the UK with a water resistant cotton, a back storm flap and a zip pocket on the inside.


Published on

April 10, 2012

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