How to Style a Varsity Jacket

It’s here, it’s a thing, and we love it. The varsity jacket is back, and we don’t know about you but we can’t look at it without thinking of Sandy in the film Greece or the print motif jacket worn by much of the cast in series four of Stranger Things. 

What we recognise today as the varsity jacket was made famous in the last century with athletes demanding heavier clothing to guard against the cold. Leather sleeves and buttons were added to the wool jersey, with the letter moving to one side and the varsity ‘letterman’ jacket was born. It quickly became a status item within college campuses across the USA and has been a wardrobe staple for sporty types and wannabe Gossip Girls ever since.

Fast forward to right now and we’re celebrating a return to all things preppy including this recent catwalk fave. 

What to wear with a varsity jacket

When styling this preppier-than-Serena-in-Gossip-Girl piece it’s crucial to get the look right. Go too retro with your style and you’ll land in the realm of cliché, but underdo it and nobody will know how on-trend you are. This collegiate look has taken over the runways recently and we’re here to offer you a complete guide to the varsity jacket trend and make sure you hit the right note every time you check in on this trend.

If oversized is your vibe then opt for a super soft borg varsity jacket. Roomy enough to wear over all your winter layers, like knitted jumpers, and because of the varsity style it’s, by nature, a sporty piece that you could style over activewear for an ultra-modern, on-trend look.

Oversized Bomber Jacket in Contrast Pink Borg

If you prefer your look to err on the side of glam then pair your varsity jacket with a slinky pair of trousers such as the High-Waist Contrast Panelled Stirrup Leggings in Black Mesh or a pair of faux leather trousers. The bold, boxy structure of the varsity jacket means that the silhouette is balanced by the addition of the sexy trouser shape. For the perfect accessory to partner this look, you can’t go wrong with a 90s-style shoulder bag. It’s spacious enough to hold all your in-town essentials but looks super sassy when slung casually over the shoulder of your varsity jacket.

High-Waist Ruched Detail Straight-Leg Trousers in Faux Leather

The varsity jacket trend

A varsity jacket with trousers is one way to wear the trend but have you ever considered pairing yours with a cute mini skirt or short dress when planning a night out with the girls? With a skirt such as the Lace Up Detail Pleated Mini Skirt in Black, you can elevate your collegiate look with ease and sophistication. The lace-up detail gives sporty yet sexy vibes, as do the pleats. We’re loving it styled with a contrast sleeve bomber style varsity jacket because the tone-on-tone colours elongate the silhouette yet avoid overwhelming the frame.

Contrast Sleeves Varsity Slogan Print Bomber Jacket

But what about footwear? If you’re out on the town with the girls and you don’t want to be outdone in the glam stakes, why not opt for a pair of statement knee-high boots. Don’t get us wrong, we love trainers and athleisure as much as the next gal, but there is something oh-so gorgeous about heeled boots to glam up an outfit and elevate the style stakes. The contrast of a laidback cool varsity jacket teamed with a sexy dress and boots combo is a trend we’re here for.

I-Am-The-One Padlock Wedge Heel Knee-High Boots in Black Faux Leather

How to style the varsity jacket with a bra-top

We know this might not seem the most obvious of choices but the contrast between the slinky bare skin reveal of a bra-top paired with an oversized slouchy varsity jacket is a match made in preppy heaven. We’re loving the Low Cut Bra Top in Brown Metallic Plisse teamed with one of our oversized varsity jackets for maximum style creds.

Oversized Varsity Jacket in Ivory

At EGO, we’re here to guide you through all the new trends the minute they touch down from the runaways of the world’s most fashion-crazed cities. We stay on top of the trends to ensure that you stay looking and feeling the best version of yourself. So now you know how to style a varsity jacket, take a look at our wide selection of varsity jackets and choose the style to suit you.

Lucy Smith
Lucy Smith

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