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The varsity jacket — otherwise know as the letterman — is a staple in any man's closet. 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).
But you don't have to be an Ivy League jock to rock a varsity jacket. With the years, the piece became less academic and filtered into casualwear, with all kinds of brands embracing the style and releasing their own versions of the varsity jacket. Along with coach jackets, varsity’s are perfect for fall and brands like Supreme and Off-White™ often feature it in its collections.
Luxury fashion also embraces this classic piece, releasing elevated versions of the jacket. Using higher quality materials and slick designs, these pricier varsity jackets make for the perfect transitional outerwear this fall. As such, we've rounded up the very best varsity jackets from affordable pieces to luxury offerings.
Shop some of the best luxury varsity jackets below.
Patta x Tommy Hilfiger Varsity Jacket
Reviving the spirit of 90s hip-hop through its collaborative collection, it was only right that the Patta x Tommy Hilfiger drop included a varsity jacket. This one comes with contrasting leather sleeves and collegiate graphics, keeping true to the jacket's classic design.
Palm Angels Varsity Jacket
Palm Angels' signature motifs take pride of place on this classic white & black varsity jacket. The Palm insignia to the chest couples with unmissable varsity lettering running from shoulder to waist.
Off-White™ c/o Post-Modern Varsity Jacket
It's rare to come across garments with great aesthetics that are tied to higher purpose like this varsity jacket. All proceeds from this collection are donated to Virgil's “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund to support the next generation of fashion leaders.
Supreme Mitchell & Ness Satin Varsity Jacket
The Tremaine Emory era may be upon us but there's still room to get any of the grailed pieces from previous Supreme seasons. After all, last season Supreme is next season's grails.
Jacob & Co. x Highsnobiety Logo Varsity Jacket
Our Jacob & Co. x Highsnobiety drop is filled with gems, including this varsity jacket. Featuring the iconic Jacob The Jeweler logo, the staple pulls from the brand's iconic Five Time Zone Watch — a timepiece dawned by some of hip hop's power weights. Whether you are a hip-hop head or a fan of the jeweler, this luxuriously made jacket is definitely worth a look if you are on the hunt for seasonless outerwear.
Undercover Appliquéd Varsity Jacket
A nice leather jacket is great way to ease into fall, and when you add all the flair that varsity jackets bring it's a winning combo. The offset letterman patch highlights the brown and black colorway fittingly.
Noon Goons Hollywood High Varsity Jacket
It might be time for you to finally swap your jacket for a newer, more colorful option and Noon Goons has you covered. Regardless if you've been to Hollywood or even like it there, pieces like these will quickly become your favorite piece when you want to stand out.
Rhude Grand Prix Varsity Jacket
Rhuigi seems to keep outdoing himself by releasing new collections and exclusives while he takes over the creative seat at Bally. Still though, his Rhude imprint is what led to his success and with pieces of art like the Grand Prix Varsity we're excited to see what drops next.
END. x Beams Plus Varsity Award Jacket
When two great brands collide (or collab) you can usually expect a standout product. Both Beams Plus and END add its touches with fleece appliqué patches allover this nostalgic varsity.
Supreme Uptown Studded Leather Varsity Jacket
Supreme really went all out with this one. From the leather collar to studded logo on the chest and arm, it's a thing of beauty through and through.
Jordan x Maison Chateau Rouge Flight Jacket
By now Jordan x Maison Chateau's collection easily goes down as one of the best to drop this year. If you want to change up your jacket this fall or just appreciate all things repping His Airness, look no further.
Gucci Horse Bit Varsity Jacket
Made from premium wool and leather, varsity jackets have periodically appeared in Gucci collections, always to a good amount of hype. Who wouldn't want to have a double GG varsity jacket in their rotation?
Noon Goons Skyline Varsity Jacket
Black and red colorways have always been timeless even before Jordan made his mark on the sneaker world. For those of your that lean towards a more sustainable jacket, this one is made with vegan leather and features contrasting chenille embroidery throughout.
Celine Embroidered Varsity Jacket
If we're talking true luxury, it doesn't get much better than the shiny satin work of Celine. Complete with traditional lettering to the reverse, this one's a true classic.
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