Wax jackets are no longer just for bikers, fishermen and farmers - they're fashion-forward, cool and contemporary, yet haven't lost any of their practicality. Thankfully, you don't have to break your budget to own one.
Waterproof, warm and rugged, wax jackets are unbelievably versatile, and will fast become your favourite jacket that you own. Their element-repelling qualities are the result of the waxed finish of the cotton fabric from which the jackets are made. The smooth wax coating enables water to run off the fabric without permeating it, and keeps windy weather out altogether.
Adding a wax jacket to your wardrobe is easy. If you want to invest in a branded wax jacket, that's great, but the technology has been adapted by many designers and it's now possible to find a great wax jacket for as little as 30 pounds - with no compromise on the quality.
Traditional wax jackets, in neutral shades of olive green, black, grey or brown, can also be found in many stores and often with the trademark tartan lining. It's popular amongst designers of waxed jackets to make the lining detachable, for an extra layer of warmth during the coldest months that can be removed as the weather starts to get warmer.
Removable hoods are also a common design feature of wax jackets, as are draw-cord fastenings and corduroy collars for extra cosiness in poor weather conditions. Many jackets will also have double-ended zippers, for a comfortable fit whether you're sitting at the wheel of a tractor, or just in your seat on the train.
The styles of wax jackets have also evolved. The loose fitting, boxy, 'unisex' style is as popular as ever, but modern styles of wax jackets that are shorter, more fitted and in bolder colours are also becoming the trend. Ladies' wax jackets can even be found in feminine colours of pink, red and purple, with chunky belts and in figure-flattering shapes.
To keep your wax jacket looking great for years the cleaning instructions must be followed carefully. Never dry clean your jacket or wash it using detergents as this will damage the wax coating. Instead, a gentle hand wash or a wipe with a damp cloth is all that is necessary, but the wax coating will need to be replaced to keep the jacket waterproof.
You can do this yourself if you wish by purchasing wax dressing, or alternatively, send it to be treated by a specialist. Caring for your wax jacket is a worthwhile investment, as it's a garment you'll want to wear for years.
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