Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Varsity Jacket

Not too long ago, Gant Rugger rolled out a Varsity Jacket that set men's style blogs on fire and who can blame them. The Varsity Jacket is an American icon (as seen in Details). It's right up there with apple pie and motorcycles because it's more than a jacket, it's a status symbol.  For some of us, the Varsity Jacket represents a time when we roamed the halls as the big man on campus, proudly showing off our Letter as some sort of super emblem of our athletic abilities. While for others, the jacket brings a negative stigma of Jocks and Cheerleaders who ruled the school and acted as though no one else existed except their little cliques.  Either way, the power of the jacket cannot be denied and that is why I wanted to shed a little spotlight on it.

And if you're still in the market for a Varsity Jacket, sorry but the Gant Rugger one is currently sold out at Blackbird. However, might I suggest that you take a look at Ebbets Field Flannels 1939 replica jacket of the fictional New York Knights from The Natural. Made in the U.S.A.


  1. NICE! Love that you included Rudy- only my favorite movie ever! I did a college English paper on him! I loved wearing my Track Varsity winter jacket and windbreaker!

  2. Love this. Been drooling over that Gant joint for a while. Looking good in yours as well. I found this less elusive, pricey version I enjoy as well:

  3. I sort of fall into the camp of "only if you earned it." If you actually played for the team and the jacket was issued to you, by all means, wear it. Just stop after you hit 28 or 10 years after graduation. After that you are treading dangerous waters, Al Bundy-style. You're sort of doing a disservice to your alma mater after that. You can resume wearing it after you retire, when you develop that go-to-hell attitude and can be damn proud that you still fit into the jacket.