The varsity jacket is a key item for your wardrobe this autumn. If your mind is filling with images of High School the Musical and Glee then worry not, things have changed a lot. Varsity jackets really are too cool for school these days. It all happened when maverick designer Hedi Slimane revealed his monochrome, leather and wool varsity jacket in his AW13 collection for Yves Saint Laurent. This black and white, simple but luxurious re-working of the high school staple was an overnight phenomenon, selling out immediately, and the varsity jacket instantly became the must-have jacket for this autumn.
Everyone from Niall Horan, to Robert Pattinson, to Andrew Garfield is wearing them. Look out for an understated palette, luxe detailing and high end fabrics and you won’t go far wrong. Here’s our guide to three of the best:
Bellfield Bernoot Varsity Jacket
If it’s an understated palette you’re after, you don’t get much classier than black on black. Bellfield’s Bernoot Varsity Jacket ticks all the boxes for this season. Interest is added to the black all over colour scheme with contrasting textures, tonal branding on the chest and a dark grey stripe on the collar and waist. Simple, understated, quality. Varsity jackets just don’t get any more minimalist than this.
Native Youth Curved Hem Varsity Jacket
This beautiful quality offering from Native Youth takes the varsity look up a notch. Made from 100% cotton and with high end detailing such as leather zip pulls, all over stitching and a curved hem this is an incredibly versatile jacket that can be worn anywhere, from work, to a football match, to a date night, or out on the town with the lads.
Franklin & Marshall Blue Plaid Varsity Teddy Leather Jacket
This is the true daddy of all varsity jackets, the Captain of the team if you will. Combining a blue wool check with cream leather sleeves, everything about this jacket screams quality. With authentic style varsity branding on the chest, contrasting pocket welts and striped cuffs and hemline, this Franklin & Marshall offering is such a classic it will see you through autumns for many years come.