Varsity jackets are a wardrobe must-have for the fashion-conscious amongst us. The popularity of the varsity jacket boomed in the United States, eventually crossing the pond and becoming an essential garment for many of us across the globe. A sleek yet stylish way to keep yourself warm during the winter months. I take a look at 7 of the best varsity jackets available right now.
CELINE RECTANGLE TEDDY JACKET IN SOFT LAMBSKIN, £6100 / US$8410 (APPROX.)
We know what you’re thinking; £ 6100 is an awful lot of money for a jacket. However, hear us out on this one. Since Hedi Slimane took the reigns at CELINE, the menswear offerings have been outstanding. The coat is crafted from soft lambskin, featuring a traditional black and yellow colourway. The golden, sequinned sleeves guarantee you will never go unnoticed in this eye-catching teddy jacket.
BOTTEGA VENETA CROPPED PADDED JACKET, £1615 / US$2300
Bottega Veneta green is having a serious moment right now. It is easy to see why when you see the vibrant colour covering the Italian fashion powerhouse’s take on a varsity jacket. This jacket is not for someone looking to fly under the radar, featuring a cropped design crafted entirely from nylon satin and engulfed in the Parakeet hue.
A BATHING APE VARSITY JACKET, £779 / US$925
A Bathing Ape, also known as BAPE, has been a fan favourite amongst streetwear enthusiasts for a while now. Founder NIGO is an icon within the industry. His legendary BAPESTA sneakers put him on the map. However, BAPEs involvement in varsity styling has been prevalent since the early days. This coat features a black wool-blend body with contrasting white leather sleeves. The classic look is completed with A Bathing Ape branding embroidered throughout. An oversized B features on the chest and completes the design.
BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB ASTRO VARSITY BOMBER JACKET, £450 / US$559
The Pharrell Williams founded Billionaire Boys Club has long drawn inspiration from BAPE. Pharrell and NIGO’s relationship is undeniable, thanks to the collaborative projects the duo have shared. The BBC Astro varsity bomber features the instantly recognisable astronaut logo and crafted from a wool blend and featuring a green and cream colour combo. Billionaire Boys Club can be found plastered across the back, leaving no doubt in anybody’s mind that this is a Pharrell creation.
BRAIN DEAD JACQUARD PATCHWORK LETTERMAN JACKET, £335/ US$460
LA-based Brain Dead is a relatively new brand, founded back in 2014. The graphic-first approach from the Brain Dead team ensures garments are eye-catching and provoke a reaction. The patchwork letterman jacket features four different corduroy cuts in a mix of colours and has the Brain Dead lettering on the front. Drawing clear inspiration from post-punk and skateboarding, this varsity jacket is the perfect mix of both.
MKI COLLEGE VARSITY JACKET, £165 / US$195
If you are looking for a high-quality, cost-effective varsity jacket, MKI has you covered. MKI Miyuki-zoku specialises in contemporary menswear, and its take on the college varsity jacket is one of the best we’ve seen. Furthermore, the coat is covered in a luxurious, autumnal camel hue and features a mix of wool and leather. The brand’s name is elegantly embroidered on the chest and back, leaving the design uniquely minimal for a varsity jacket.
ALIFE VARSITY JACKET, £103.50 / US$160
Alife was founded way back in 1999, with the New York City-based company an integral part of the culture in the Big Apple. This vintage varsity jacket represents the brands focus on art and creativity, with A Way Of Life embroidered on the chest. Faux white leather sleeves complement the blue wool blend perfectly, whilst a quilted lining makes this coat the perfect winter pick-up.