All the magazines are telling you ”the varsity jacket is back!”.
Where did it go? I’ve been wearing varisty jackets since my freshman year of high school. In my opinion they have always been a great option for a sporty and masculine casual jacket. Athletes wear them with pride, preppy types love them, hell, there’s even a good chance your dad still has one in the back of his closet.
The good news is, their current popularity means there’s a good selection on the market. I tried a handful of different designers before finding this number from The Brookyn Circus - founded by Ouigi Theodore (as featured here).
The slim-but-not-snug fit, the quality of the wool and leather, the clean button closure, the iconic “concrete-jungle” symbol, the taller ribbed collar, and the fact that it’s Made in USA had me sold as soon as I put it on.
Here, I styled it for 5 different weekend outfits.
1. Denim & Chino
On a weekend with nothing to do, which seams to be rare lately, this is what you can find me in.
Simple, masculine, put-together but not over-the-top.
Take a look at your go-to casual pieces for a laidback day, it might be time to upgrade. A well rounded wardrobe has you ready for any occasion, even if there isn’t really an occasion at all.
Varsity jacket by The Brooklyn Circus (L). Denim shirt by RRL (M). Chinos by Helmut Lang (33). Shades by Matsuda. Boots by Allen Edmonds (as featured Here). Watch and brown alligator band by Montblanc.
2. White Tee, White Kicks
Another simple look here. This is kind of a throwback for me. I would’ve worn something like this 10 years ago – only the jeans would be looser and lower on the waist and somewhere on the jacket is would say “Champs” (haha – shout out to all my highschool bball teammates).
Classic white sneakers are an inexpensive addition to your wardrobe that can add a cool vibe to a number of different looks (see here).
Varsity jacket and burgundy cardigan by The Brooklyn Circus (L). T-shirt by Kenneth Cole. Jeans by JCrew. Belt by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Sneakers (“blazers”) by Nike. Shades by Persol.
3. Ivy Inspired
Channeling my Ivy League days here.
Varsity jackets have a great collegiate appeal, which means you can pair them with a retro preppy look. In this outfit that means a tweed vest, oxford shirt, rep tie, collar pin, penny loafs, etc.
Varsity jacket by The Brooklyn Circus (L). Blue oxford and silk stripe tie by Thom Browne (3). Tweed vest by Michael Andrews Bespoke (part of this suit). Jeans by Polo Ralph Lauren. Socks by JCrew. Loafers by Bass. Collar pin by WANT. Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Watch and alligator band by Montblanc.
4. Manly Knit & Cargos
Look for a varsity jacket in neutral colors (like navy and brown), it will work over just about any casual look.
Rugged chunky sweater, slim cargos, neutral sneaks – another easy weekend look.
Because the jacket is neutral and versatile it fits right over without having to think about it too much.
Varsity jacket by The Brooklyn Circus (L). Sweater by RRL (M). Brown shirt by Michael Andrews Bespoke. Cargos by JBrand (34). Sneakers by Lanvin (as feature Here). Aviator shades by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Watch and band by Montblanc.
5. Tweedy Gent
Since men have been wearing them for so long, it works with a tweedy vintage-inspired look as well.
Vintage stores can be a decent place to find an inexpensive varsity jacket, just make sure the fit isn’t too loose or boxy and it’s not branded with someone else’s name and athletic achievements – that’s just weird.
Varsity jacket by The Brooklyn Circus (L). Green striped oxford by Gitman Brothers. Herringbone tweed cap by JCrew. Wool sweater by Club Monaco (M). Trousers by Michael Andrews Bespoke. Socks by Smart Turnout. Denim bowtie by General Knot Co. Suede loafers by Ralph Lauren.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,