Trendsporting his Letterman Jacket

by Leandra Medine
December 19, 2011
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You could probably argue that this site was created on the premise that during inception time in 2010, women started taking an unprecedented liking toward menswear. It was ultimately nothing new in terms of fashion, but the capacity in which it was being done felt slightly more extreme: instead of just the typical boyfriend jean or oversized white blouse, ladies went crazies for wingtipped brogues, box shaped blazers, heck, I even bought mens underwear a few times. Call it investigative commitment. Or don’t, they’re just most comfortable. And while the trend continued to manifest itself in editorals and on runways, it found a small setback when ta da: 1950s lady gear–think full skirts and slim fit blouses–took it’s “moment.” Now though, we’re starting to see a resurgence of the aforementioned menswear in an even sportier capacity. Baseball caps like chronicled last week, designers sneakers like it’s 1995 again, and the letterman jacket finally means something outside the confines of holy man friend, my boyfriend rocks at sporting events.

Alexander Wang Fall/Winter 2010, Proenza Schouler F/W 2010. 

It’s taken two and half fall seasons for the trend to finally resonate but if former runways, Junya Watanabe, Justin Bieber Prabal Gurung in Junya Watanabe, and the ultimate trickling of the trend into a mass-market retail system mean anything, the letterman jacket’s moment will start right here. On an unrelated note, this past Saturday NY1 told me that “whatever” had been dubbed the most annoying word of 2011. Too bad they didn’t poll phrases, “having a moment” would certainly have won.

Glad that’s aside, now redirect your focus. Rag and Bone deserves air time too: this look is from a Fall 2011 show, just a season later, but still perfectly on time to win forecasting credit. But enough about runways, here’s to real life. Blow find a small unprofessional collage of some of the better Letterman jackets, from Thom Browne to Target, I found while scouring the world wide web.
From left:  Thom Browne, East West, Target, Aritzia, Jane Norman
Forever 21 and Nasty Gal do make pretty decent versions too. But should you find yourself among the felines linked to men that rock at sporting events, go ahead and steal what he’s got. Who am I to direct you otherwise? But regardless of the circumstance, do give it a try.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01406688056052163694 Mary

    YEEEEEEEEAHHHH I LIKE THEM ;))))

    MUCH LOVE FROM ITALY
    Maria Onorio
    http://www.thelastillusion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10498833143402280996 adi linden

    I am loving this post so far…
    The 1st girl,it there any chance you know her name,because she looks familiar,ftv?
    Anyway,love your blog,
    your follower,waiting for your rply on my blog

    http://www.under-the-art-sky.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14194815440194123998 CupcakesOMG!

    i don't know if i'm really feeling this. that could be because i pretty much disdain/don't understand anything sports related. it's not my fault!!

    CupcakesOMG!

  • http://beatniq.net Brandi

    Now I really have to get my dad's old letterman jacket tailored.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14654691178100203023 Roxanna

    Nice curation! Loving the letterman action there! The Rag and Bone one is simply delightful.

    xx Roxanna

    http://www.dissectmystyle.com

  • Anonymous

    The girl in the first picture is Hanne Gaby Odiele

  • http://hauteeyes.com Caitlin

    I wouldn't mind taking that Rag & Bone one home. Just sayin.

    xo
    Caitlin
    http://hauteeyes.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05695254903533992167 Donna

    I'm not a big fan of letterman/varsity jackets. I'd probably really only wear one if I had a baseball player as a boyfriend who gave me his jacket :P

    http://borrowedwardrobe.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12570872654773804597 Girlie Blogger

    I'm in love with Men's wear. But I had no idea the Letter jacket is in again. Wow!

    http://www.thegirlieblog.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01676293912277616239 Isabel, Wake up & smell the azahar

    I really like menswear inspired style.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10905509138741299080 day by day by myself

    i'm gonna have to borrow my brother's 80's high school one!!
    http://daybydaybymyself.blogspot.com

  • http://hazylaughter.com Emily Ulrich

    When it comes to femme!menswear, I generally prefer the more business, structured styles. But I do like this developing trend – it's fun and could be adopted in many different ways (as it clearly has, already).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10036195286626825176 MONI

    i already got mine to repellll aroundd

    xx

    http://www.moneasywardrobe.com

  • Anonymous
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14010680028084139437 Despina A

    Hey, thnx for your comment. Your blog is stunning. You have an amazing style! cy
    juliete-has-a-gun.blogspot.com

  • http://anorexicescapades.com/ anorexicescapades.com

    I thought this trend was 09 when Diddy was doing it?

  • Anonymous

    the 'East West' is the name of the retail site linked. the brand is actually called Mishka NYC.

  • http://www.fashables.com Street Style Photography

    Loving the jacket on the left in the top two photos. The V is very unique.

  • http://www.bangbanglafemme.com Bebe

    i love proenza schouler's take on it. the length and the fur collar. (hopefully it's faux, but i somehow doubt it).

    xo, Bebe

    http://www.bangbanglafemme.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09409898391718473233 Don’t Think Twice

    the first pic is amazing…those pants..AWESOME!

    xx, Rachel♥

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01321688876180838093 Ría

    I love the letterjackets so much. I jope I can find mine from HS.
    Have a great day.

    http://www.atitelavoyacontar.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00076142953049556670 Reptilia

    I found a really cool one in a vintage shop here in Madrid! I love the brown one!

    http://justreptilia.blogspot.com

    xx

  • http://mstwirlyskirts.com Molliee

    gotta love this flashback trend!

  • http://www.10k10q.com Devi

    I love those jackets!!

    xx Devi
    http://www.10K10Q.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01176243240937929546 betty

    for me the letterman jacket or varsity jacket or so we call it has been not only on the runways of 2011 but forever on the streets since the early 1990's glad and proud vintage owner i think it is an essence of camden boys look in south london… teaming with a pair of chinos looks pretty awesome :)

    http://betty-freestylescraps.blogspot.com/
    http://betty-freestylescraps.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02473563124510039928 Sabrina

    beautiful!!!

  • http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com/ seekingstyleblog

    Those jackets are really cute, thanks for sharing!

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00993884718303804752 Charlotte Wilder

    Oh man. So Bye Bye Birdie. I want one.
    xx
    Char
    http://www.thewilderthings.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00623095724852916732 RaffaCakes

    I'm glad you posted this! I'm obsessed with varsity jackets. I'm a menswear designer so when they were first trending a few years back I could never find any for women so I use to wear the ones I designed.

    Alexander Wang's jacket is awesome!

    Daniella

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07650486939448955178 lucia m

    love the varsity jackets but not my style

    http://www.aroundlucia.com
    http://www.aroundlucia.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13586038991429042738 leavesofgrass

    should have requested one in HS when I had the chance…

  • http://www.modelovers.de modelovers

    Really really nice jackets! Love the Post.
    They all look great!

    Tanja

    http://www.modelovers.de

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10629430257991122702 heatherhxo

    I've definitely been eyeing these jackets for a while, trying to find the perfect one. I'm really glad to see this post :)

  • http://runningintherainn.blogspot.com/ Serea

    I have one when I was 18….many years ago :)

  • http://www.toonstorm.com/c-6-buy-rift-account.aspx BuyRiftAccounts

    Wow! Can't believe that those jackets can be worn fashionably.

    Buy Rift Accounts

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01917824316715854859 sonia de macedo

    NEED the Alexander Wang letterman style blazer thingy! On my wishlist!

    xoxo

    http://daringcoco.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04434311326410751813 Christine Hopkins

    also find it funny how these came into style!

    xx christine

    seoulandpfassion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05659796932666602271 Carolina Sundell

    I love that you named it Letterman jacket :) My favorite is the Rag & Bone on, love the color combination of grey and burgundy.

  • http://www.lovenycstyle.com amanda

    schools back in session! lol
    Love the jock throwbacks
    xox

    http://www.lovenycstyle.com

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17265005747848125344 Camilla

    Letterman jackets were pretty much the only thing guys were wearing in Paris last year. Interesting that the trend is taking much longer to gain momentum here, perhaps because they're less of a novelty?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18031561609564400173 Mercedes

    TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF MY DREAMCATCHER NECKLACE GIVEAWAY! COME AND CHECK IT OUT!

    MERCEDES-ARTENCIEL.BLOGSPOT.COM

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14021516369643456538 Charlotte.Fashion.Blog

    This trend has finally converted me! Love it x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08813269203887879585 Trips & Treasures

    This is a trend I actually noticed on the streets already. But it's not really my style

    http://www.tripsandtreasures.blogspot.com
    fashion & lifestyle in BElgium

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07237033497916174806 Maria Silvia F

    So trendy!!!
    Nice blog!

    Mary
    http://www.coffeeandmagazines.com
    (giveaway THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA on my blog)

  • http://janialwayswins.tumblr.com Janice

    I think I'd like to try a color-blocked one… mixing leather and silk. Can it be done? I'll let you know how successful I am, but thanks always for the inspiration! xoxo

  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    My dad has his in perfect condition and I am waiting for him to look the other way so I can sneak out of the house with it :)

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  • http://www.hold-vintage.com Stephanie Press

    This started as a street style trend. Another I've been seeing is getting the vintage letters from the jackets and sewing them onto sweaters.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00527124093487661209 Maddy

    check out these ones by American College… so rad! x

    http://www.tags.com/shop/american-college

  • http://www.neknekenken.com neknekenken

    I've always liked wearing menswear. But those jackets sure look hot on the runway!

  • Anonymous

    Nike Sportswear actually makes an amazing one called the Destroyer jacket.

    check it here:

    http://www.nikesportswear.com

    They make a womens Moto Jacket X Destroyer version, amazing!

  • catherine

    I know this post is slightly old but Aritzia just came out with a red version of that letterman jacket as part of their new S/S 2012 collection from TNA (Aritzia house brand)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17230865816103351579 Rudy

    Thank you for your recommendation.I want to tell you True Religion Outlet is also a good choice.

  • RAULDA GEORGE

    I WILL LIKE TO VIEW RED AND WHITE MEDIUM VARSITY JACKETS WITH THE LETTERS R AND D PLEASE

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