The “Return” of the Varsity Jacket

January 16th, 2012

All the magazines are telling you “the varsity jacket is back!”.

Where did it go? I’ve been wearing varisty jackets since my freshman year of high school. In my opinion they have always been a great option for a sporty and masculine casual jacket. Athletes wear them with pride, preppy types love them, hell, there’s even a good chance your dad still has one in the back of his closet.

The good news is, their current popularity means there’s a good selection on the market. I tried a handful of different designers before finding this number from The Brookyn Circus.

The slim-but-not-snug fit, the quality of the wool and leather, the clean button closure, the iconic “concrete-jungle” symbol, the taller ribbed collar, and the fact that it’s Made in USA had me sold as soon as I put it on.

Here’s how I’ve been rocking it.

1. Collegiate Prep



Sometimes I get nostalgic and channel my Ivy League days.

Varsity jackets have a great collegiate appeal, which means you can pair them with a retro preppy look. In this outfit that means a tweed vest, oxford shirt, rep tie, collar pin, penny loafs, etc.


Blue USA Oxford Shirt

  • Navy varsity jacket by The Brooklyn Circus ·
  • Washed jeans by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ·
  • Brown wool blend socks by JCrew ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Silver collar pin by WANT ·
  • Brown donegal tweed vest ·
  • Burgundy penny loafers by Bass ·
  • Brown alligator belt and silver buckle by Ralph Lauren Purple Label ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc
  • · Blue oxford shirt by Thom Browne

2. Weekend Chillin


On a weekend with nothing to do, which sounds great right about now, this is what you can find me in.

Simple, masculine, put-together, but not over the top.

Take a look at your go-to casual pieces for a laidback day, it might be time to upgrade. A well rounded wardrobe has you ready for any occasion, even if there isn’t really an occasion at all.

Also, there’s those boots again. Been really breaking ’em in lately.

  • Tortoise shades by Matsuda Eyewear ·
  • Navy varsity jacket by The Brooklyn Circus ·
  • Leather wingtip boots by Allen Edmonds ·
  • Denim shirt by RRL ·
  • Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic ·
  • Slate chinos by Helmut Lang ·
  • Brown alligator watch band by Montblanc

3. Tweed Dandy



Since men have been wearing them for so long, it works with a tweedy vintage-inspired look as well.

Vintage stores can be a decent place to find an inexpensive varsity jacket, just make sure the fit isn’t too loose or boxy and it’s not branded with someone else’s name and athletic achievements – that’s just weird.


Mint Bengal Stripe Oxford Shirt

  • Brown Suede Loafers by Ralph Lauren ·
  • Green wool crewneck sweater by Club Monaco ·
  • Denim bowtie by General Knot & Co ·
  • Striped socks by Smart Turnout ·
  • Navy varsity jacket by The Brooklyn Circus ·
  • Tweed Ivy cap by JCrew ·
  • Brown donegal tweed suit trousers
  • · Green striped oxford shirt by Gitman Brothers

Thanks for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier


Photography by Alex Crawford and Westley Dimagiba.