We’ve formally entered coat season. Despite the fact that this may be a desperate time for all you shorts and flipflop darlings out there, for the more mold cognizant customer, fall/winter denotes a period of abundant outfit adaptability and styling openings. While everybody cherishes an executioner combine of boots or proclamation scarf, outerwear is ostensibly the season’s greatest style star. As much a down to business piece as a mold explanation, finding a coat or coat that best suits your way of life and individual taste is critical.
Plane coats have been the primo decision among streetwear fans and top of the line fashionistas for a few seasons now (they’re determined to rule this season, as well). Be that as it may, late drops have exhibited a surge in varsity coats, and keeping in mind that they’ve faltered all through style in the course of the most recent couple of years, Fall/Winter 2017 is as of now seeing a noteworthy ascent in their prevalence.
Varsity coats – or “letterman” coats – follow their inception back to Harvard University’s baseball group in 1865, where they really began as sweaters. Made as a way to separate Harvard from contender groups, players wore a weaved Old English letter “H” amidst their dim wool garbs. A long time later, Harvard’s football group started sewing the letter onto their particular garbs, where they filled in as a lofty symbol selective to the group’s star individuals.
Eventually, the sweater was adopted by American high school teams; by 1930, the letter appeared on wool jackets with leather sleeves. Come the ’80s and ’90s, varsity jackets became popular among major league sports teams and soon after tipped over into the mainstream fashion landscape. The jackets were reimagined into satin and cotton versions, quickly gaining popularity within hip-hop and streetwear scenes.
Brands like Stussy, Champion and Starter have been dishing out varsity jackets for decades (and they continue to do so today). However, the last few months have seen the popular jacket proliferate — from appearances in the seasonal offering of brands like Coach, Opening Ceremony and Junya Watanabe MAN to collaborative streetwear-friendly pieces by The Weeknd x H&M, Lil Yachty x Nautica and Game of Thrones x Billionaire Boys Club.
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In terms of styling, there isn’t much that a varsity jacket doesn’t pair well with. You can dress it down with sweatpants, jeans and camo pants, or dress it up with wide-leg trousers, pleated slacks or chinos. Regardless, if you’re in a rut about what jacket to invest in, consider varsity jackets as a versatile option that’ll keep you on trend this season.
Check out our in-house editorial highlighting our favorite varsity jacket of the moment – Junya Watanabe MAN x The North Face – and stay on top of our Trend Watch series for more of the season’s biggest trends.