Fashion People Are Skipping Leather Jackets for This Even Cooler Fall Trend


There is no shortage of cool jackets to choose from this fall. While distressed and moto leather styles dominated this season's runways and street style scene, there's one less-talked-about jacket that has recently spiked in popularity, and it's about time we gave the trend its due attention. The style that's giving leather outerwear a run for its money? Varsity jackets, the sporty bomber shape that features letterman embroidery and striped elastic cuffs. Whether it's a genuine jacket endorsing your favored sports team or one that's inspired by retro styles, we can't ignore the impact that varsity jackets are having this fall.

Yep, we've charted the rise of these retro styles and have the outfit photos to show for it. Below, see the varsity-jacket outfits that fashion people are favoring right now and glean some expert styling tips from their cool and casual ensembles. From court sneakers to cargo pants, so many of fall's best staple pieces happen to pair flawlessly with these jackets, so continue on for all the evidence you need to get on board.


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Style Notes: If your varsity jacket already has bright colors in it, amp up the impact by wearing it with saturated accessories.

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Style Notes: Oversize pieces like puddle pants and lug-sole shoes are a perfect complement to the jacket's relaxed shape.

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Style Notes: A miniskirt and knee-high boots are just the things to balance out the jacket's sportier feel.

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Style Notes: Team two ultra-cool fall trends when you style a varsity jacket with cargo pants.

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Style Notes: Baggy jeans, sneakers, and a varsity jacket are the low-key weekend outfit you were looking for.

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Style Notes: These days, if it has a Hailey Bieber stamp of approval, it's not long before everyone else is after it. Take note of how she styled hers with a simple white tee.

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Style Notes: The sporty jacket was basically made to be worn with another fall staple, retro sneakers.

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Style Notes: Atop a miniskirt or minidress, it's the going-out jacket you never knew you needed.

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Style Notes: With a statement jacket that calls a lot of attention, keep the rest of the look simple with basics in a monochromatic scheme.

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Style Notes: Top off jeans and a tee with a letterman jacket for a retro spin.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.