The Varsity Jacket is a jacket traditionally worn by high school and college students in the United States to represent school and team pride as well as to display personal awards earned in athletics, academics or activities.

Also known as “Letterman jackets” in some places.

The body is usually of boiled wool and the sleeves of leather with banded wrists and waistband.

Varsity jackets are usually produced in the school colors with the body of the jacket in the school’s primary color and sleeves in the secondary color.

They usually feature a banded collar for men or a hood for women.

The Varsity jacket derives its name from the varsity letter chenille patch on its left breast, which is almost always the first letter or initials of the high school or college the jacket came from.

WAREHOUSE : "38th" Varsity Jacket, hickoree's

WAREHOUSE : “38th” Varsity Jacket made in Japan, HICKOREE’S

The name of the owner usually appears either in chenille (matching the letter) or is embroidered on the jacket itself.

The owner’s graduation year usually appears in matching chenille.

Placement of the name and year of graduation depends on school tradition.

The year is most often sewn on the right sleeve or just above the right pocket.

Lettermen who play on a championship team often receive a large patch commemorating their championship that is worn on the back of the jacket.

Lettermen who participate in a sport in which medals are awarded often sew the medals onto their jackets to display their accomplishments.

 

Mitchell & Ness x Boylston Trading Co. Vintage Varsity Jacket

Mitchell & Ness x Boylston Trading Co. Vintage Varsity Jacket

Today, the Varsity jacket is back, you can find here in lots of collections.

Personally I would go for an Ebbets one.

They started producing Varsity jackets in 1990 but are one of the Best !

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