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.