Once upon a time, the varsity/ letterman jacket was the ultimate status symbol for high school and college athletes. And now the same jacket, has become one of the biggest trends in the fashion world. This collegiate trend is even rocking more since it pop up on Alexander Wang’s Fall 2010 runway!
Going way back to 1865 , on Harvard’s Cambridge, Massachusetts campus that the varsity jacket was first invented even though it looked quite a bit different back in those days:)! The original varsity actually wasn’t a jacket at all, but a thick knit sweater that players wore as uniforms. One day the Harvard Baseball Team decided to take their uniforms and sew giant “H”‘s onto the center of them, thus creating the “letterman jacket.”
Later on; Harvard’s football team adopted the lettered jerseys and other schools started pulling out their own version of the varsity sweater. Of course each team did things a little different like changing the size or font of the letter. The concept evolved from a jersey to a jacket with the large centered letter- so it is called letterman or varsity jacket!! The wool and leather jacket first appeared in the 1930s.
Of course, such a nice piece of garment could not remain the privilege of a few, and it became a fashion apperal used by singers, actors , models and finally by everybody!!!
Thinking about wearing a piece from your high school days might not seem that appealing, but when styled right, letterman jackets can be SO chic! How to style a varsity jacket can range from classic to fashion-forward looks. Everyone from fashion editors to models have adopted the letterman jacket! Keep your look less college student and more high fashion and style varsity jackets as everyday look with your boyfriend jeans, shorts or just as a ‘go to jacket’!