Varsity Jacket

Varsity Jacket


The modern letterman jacket (also known as a varsity jacket) was invented in the 1930s. Letterman jackets were created for school athletes and eventually became a symbol of status and pride in one's alma mater and athletic ability. The jackets were originally made with wool torsos and leather sleeves out of necessity to keep the athletes warm. For those looking for a traditional design, these types of jackets are still in production. The jackets became part of street style by the ’80s, with major league sports adopting the style as well. The trend came to a fever pitch in 1983 when Michael Jackson wore a varsity jacket in what is arguably the most popular music video of all time, “Thriller”. The trend returned during the streetwear boom in the late-’00s and remains as eye catching today as it was nearly 100 years ago.

What is a varsity jacket called?
Varsity jackets are also known as letterman jackets.

Why are varsity jackets so expensive?
Varsity jackets are often pricey items because of the two relatively expensive materials they’re mainly made of: wool and leather.

Where can I get a varsity jacket?
Most people get their varsity jackets from high school but you can also find them on Grailed.

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