Much of contemporary men's fashion draws inspiration from the 1930's through the 1960's. A perfect example of this is the men's Harrington Jacket. A classic piece of lightweight outerwear, the Harrington's peak of prominence was in the 1950's and 1960's but has never gone out of style and probably never will.
The name 'Harrington' actually came about when actor Ryan O'Neal would often wear the jacket in the soap opera 'Pyston Place' playing the character 'Rodney Harrington'. The Harrington really gained fame in the 1950's and 1960's where some of the most stylish men, Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood and Frank Sinatra, often sported the jacket. James Dean was also a fan of the Harrington and cemented the jacket as an iconic piece of rebellion and counter-culture. With all this celebrity endorsement (oh, forgot to mention that Mr Bond can be seen sporting the jacket as well), it is no surprise that the Harrington has transcended fashion and remained a wardrobe staple for generation after generation. However, the most notable wearers of the Harrington were, of course, the mods.
You couldn't wear your parka all year round so something lighter and more versatile was needed. Step up Harrington. Wear with a crisp shirt, slim tie, cardigan and sharp trousers for a clear nod to mod heritage. Or simply wear with a checked shirt, slim jeans and some desert boots for a more causal approach. The Harrington's versatile nature and simplistic design have cemented the jacket as a genuine part of British culture and fashion.