Preppy style—think tennis skirts and equestrian chic—continues to trend, and varsity jackets are at the forefront. We know what you’re thinking: Does this mean we’re going back to college days, when we threw one on over baggy sweats? We’re relieved to report that no, that’s not the case (yet). Instead, the varsity jacket is a casual alternative to a blazer or cardigan, with a little extra warming mojo.
With a steady climb in Pinterest searches since spring, when varsity jackets appeared both on the runways and on the backs of the tastemakers attending the shows, it’s safe to say letterman styles will be everywhere this coming fall. And while we saw cropped baseball jackets dominating a few years ago, the 2022 iterations are decidedly oversized and vintage-inspired. Whether you’re snapping up a new coat or thrifting one from 1987, here are seven ways to wear a varsity jacket like a pro.