Varsity Jacket style.

March 1, 2019


Just because the weather is warming up doesn't mean you'll be fresh out of opportunities to wear a jacket. Whether it's in a freezing office or on a cool night, a great lightweight jacket comes in handy. And a varsity jacket is an unexpected pick that totally works here. Lean into classic details like contrasting leather sleeves, or opt for something a little different—it's up to you.


The varsity jacket — otherwise know as the letterman — is a staple in any man’s wardrobe. Similar in shape to the bomber, the preppy piece returns season after season from streetwear brands and high fashion alike.



As the name suggests, varsity jackets can trace their origin back to American college varsity teams. The first-ever iteration came from Harvard University in 1865, worn by its esteemed baseball team. Determined to distinguish their star player from the rest of the team, a fabric letter was embroidered onto the jacket (hence the name Letterman).



You don’t have to be an Ivy League jock to rock a varsity jacket. With the years, the piece became less elitist and filtered into casual wear, with all kinds of brands embracing the style and releasing their own versions of the varsity jacket. Right after bomber jackets, the piece is now a staple in men’s streetwear, like mine from H&M mans spring collection.


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