Trendsporting his Letterman Jacket

Leandra Medine | December 19, 2011

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.
  • Mary


    Maria Onorio

  • 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,
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  • 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!!


  • Brandi

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

  • Roxanna

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

    xx Roxanna

  • Anonymous

    The girl in the first picture is Hanne Gaby Odiele

  • Caitlin

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


  • 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 😛

  • Girlie Blogger

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

  • Isabel, Wake up & smell the azahar

    I really like menswear inspired style.

  • day by day by myself

    i'm gonna have to borrow my brother's 80's high school one!!

  • 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).

  • MONI

    i already got mine to repellll aroundd


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  • Despina A

    Hey, thnx for your comment. Your blog is stunning. You have an amazing style! cy


    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.

  • Street Style Photography

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

  • 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

  • Don’t Think Twice

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

    xx, Rachel♥

  • Ría

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

  • Reptilia

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


  • Molliee

    gotta love this flashback trend!

  • Devi

    I love those jackets!!

    xx Devi

  • 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 🙂

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  • seekingstyleblog

    Those jackets are really cute, thanks for sharing!

  • Charlotte Wilder

    Oh man. So Bye Bye Birdie. I want one.

  • 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!


  • lucia m

    love the varsity jackets but not my style

  • leavesofgrass

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

  • modelovers

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


  • 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 🙂

  • Serea

    I have one when I was 18….many years ago 🙂

  • BuyRiftAccounts

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

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  • sonia de macedo

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


  • Christine Hopkins

    also find it funny how these came into style!

    xx christine

  • 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.

  • amanda

    schools back in session! lol
    Love the jock throwbacks

  • 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?

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  • Charlotte.Fashion.Blog

    This trend has finally converted me! Love it x

  • Trips & Treasures

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

  • Maria Silvia F

    So trendy!!!
    Nice blog!

    (giveaway THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA on my blog)

  • 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


    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 🙂


  • 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.

  • Maddy

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

  • 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:

    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)

  • Rudy

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