Remember those cool varsity jackets that the athletes used to wear in high school and college? You envied them because they looked so dope but you lacked the necessary motor skills in order to acquire one of your own (hand-eye coordination is overrated anyway, right?).
Okay, even if you were on a team and sported your jacket with arrogance (or modesty), the letterman has come a long way from your high school days, its original birthplace being Harvard University in the 1860s. Although the letterman appears to go in and out of style, varsities have a knack for exuding resistance and timelessness. They’re back now with a laid back, ever-chic appeal.
Designers are loaded with fashion artillery, making it almost nerve wrecking to pick one particular jacket. There are so many different styles to choose from: wool, cotton or leather sleeves, mascots, variant logos, and an excess of colors. The varsity jacket can be found in an abundance of designs, each lending to a different look. One trend that has held is that the jackets are typically made of exceptional fabrics, allowing for interchangeability, whether it be the occasion or weather.
Here are our top picks.