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Fashion Trend AW12 – Varsity Jacket Buyers Guide

Saturday, 1st September, 2012

Varsity jackets, baseball jackets, lettermans jackets, these American inspired pieces come with an array of different names, but what does it all mean, and what should you buy?

They have been popular in American culture for quite some time, mostly with college kids and they are used as jackets for American sports, usually American football. They used to be worn more as sportswear, the football team would wear the jackets, give them to their girlfriends to wear and so on, I am sure we have all seen the American TV shows and movies which depict this. However once they came over to our side of the pond, Europe has taken a whole new look at the varsity jackets, and styled them up, and are now a must-have jacket in everyone’s wardrobe.

So what is the difference between a Varsity, College, Baseball and Lettermans jacket?

Well it is hard to say. Each brand call their different jackets by different names, so if you see one calling it a varsity jacket and another calling it a lettermans jacket but they look the same, they probably are. In my experience of looking I have found that baseball and college jackets are the ones with the same colour body and sleeves; They are usually the ones which are advertised as “College/Baseball jackets”. The Varsity/Lettermans jackets are usually the ones advertised with contrasting body and sleeve colours. The message is not to get hung up on what the brands are calling them, check them out and if you like them then buy it.

What are varsity jackets made from?

This is another difference. The original and genuine varsity jackets which are used in the U.S. are made from 100% wool for the body, and have genuine leather sleeves. These are usually quite expensive and weigh quite a bit. They are heavy and to be honest they are no good for a summers day or even a mildly warm spring or autumn.

There are a few alternatives available, and my favourite are the soft cotton ones, sometimes called “sweatshirt material” because it’s the same feel as a sweatshirt. These are much better to wear as a light jacket in warm conditions, they are very light and feel great. Another alternative are the waxy polyester ones, which I am not a fan of. They get more crinkled and feel a bit too plastic, which I personally do not like. If you want the leather look but not pay leather money, there are some available with fake leather (PU) sleeves, which are quite a bit cheaper then the authentic leather and give a similar look.

Varsity Jacket Designs – What makes a classic varsity jacket?

There are a few key design points for the varsity jacket. If you have looked at a few, you will know what they are:

Sleeves/Body – Usually these are contrasting colours, this is one of the key design points in the varsity jacket, however some designs stick with the same colour body and sleeves.

Collar, Cuffs and Hem trimming – These are usually trimmed with stripes, a lot of the time, two.

Tipped pockets – The pockets are usually tipped a different colour, most of the time it will be the contrasting colour of the jacket i.e. the same colour as the sleeves.

Contrasting Buttons – The buttons will be contrasting, just like the sleeves and pockets.

My varsity and baseball jackets

I got my first jacket in 2010, when they were becoming more and more popular in fashion and fast becoming the style of jacket to have. They are great because of their infinite number of styles and colours they have to offer, you can have 10 people in a room wearing them but they will all look different. Two years on and we are coming into Autumn 2012, and the jackets are still as popular as ever.

Here are my current three jackets which I have, each are different in many ways…

 

My first was an ASOS own brand jacket and has the same colour body and sleeves, usually called a “baseball jacket”. I got this because it is plain and I planned on customising it myself, as you can see I have done that. I added my initials and my name, which I think looks good. It’s made from “sweatshirt material” and is light and soft.

The second purchase was the blue and white varsity jacket. This is a 100% authentic varsity jacket, and was “made in the USA”. It is made from 100% melton wool, has genuine leather sleeves and has quilt lining. It is super luxurious and premium, and is very heavy to wear.

My third is the red and white Franklin And Marshall jacket. I was looking for a men’s red/white jacket like this for a very long time, not many labels (if any) were doing them back then, but I found this and got it. Again it is made from sweatshirt material and is light and nice to wear.

Buyers guide – What varsity jackets are out there

There are now a large number of labels, stores and brands offering a large selection of varsity jackets for both men and women. From cheaper own brands to the high street, and even high-end labels are now designing this style of jacket.

You got cash? MR Porter has these three high end varsity jackets for your buying pleasure.

The first two are  Monsieur Lacenaire knitted jacket, these are more of a cardigan style. In a lovely blue and contrasting white colour, or opt for the burgundy, with all the markings of a classic varsity. cost – £300 each.

The Third is a Gucci jacket with a suede front and jersey cotton contrasting sleeves. £805.

 

ASOS has a large number of baseball and college varsity’s for a high street price. Here are a few favourites which they are currently offering.

First up the baseball jacket by 4TN. Cream body and navy blue sleeves, this is made from soft heavy cotton and has an alternative collar. £85 Currently on sale at £50.

Second is a Franklin and Marshall piece which is similar to the one I have. This comes in light great with navy sleeves. £109 Currently on sale for £49.

Last up from ASOS is this WESC sweat which features a blue body and white sleeves, the WESC logo patch and is made of sweat shirt material. £75 Currently on sale for £48.50

 


Chinos – Add Some Colour To Your Summer

Wednesday, 30th March, 2011

What do you think of the trend which is colourful chinos? I like them lots, but I feel you have to be a very confidant and fashion forward kind of person. They are quite striking, and do stand out, which can be a good thing if you want to stand out from the rest.

I do like them, but only certain colours. I myself bought some green ones similar to the above, but they did not fit so I had to send them back. I may get some more, and if I do I will get green or red ones, or maybe both. I do like them for the summer, they can look good as long as you match them with the right colour shirt, polo or t-shirt and footwear, and you will be fine.

You can also add a belt like in the pictures above which set them off nicely.

It’s important to note the difference between chinos and khakis. What we call chinos are made from a lighter weight of cotton, whereas the khaki is a heavy cotton twill. Chinos can be thought of as a more smart casual choice, with khakis being more workwear type of pants.

I do think a pair of these would be a good addition to any summer wardrobe. Pick a colour you will like, and wear them on the right occasion and you will look good in them.

The first picture are all Ralph Lauren chinos. The 2nd collection of pictures are Acne


Cricket Jumpers In Fashion

Thursday, 17th March, 2011

What do you think of the cricket jumper fashion trend? I actually like it. I have seen the odd person on websites wearing such jumpers and I think they look really cool. Its a trend which seems to be unisex, with both men and women taking on this trend to wear what some will see as an uncool wooly jumper which is the Cricket jumper.

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Here are some I have picked out which I like:

The big brands have taken up this trend, above we see J. Lindeberg and Ralph Lauren, who both make some really nice things.

  1. Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Jumper £300
  2. Ralph Lauren Cricket Vest £170
  3. J. Lindeberg Cricket Jumper £160

As mentioned above, women have also picked up this trend, and there are lots on offer from the high street including

  1. Phillipa 2 tone Cricket Jumper £20.99
  2. SoulCal Cricket Jumper £29.99
  3. Striped Cricket Jumper by New Look £19.99

These of course will not be to everyone’s taste. I do think they look really good for a man or woman, I like the V neck detail, aswell as them looking very warm. Men could wear this with a shirt as above and look stylish and sophisticated in one.

What do you think of “Cricket Fashion”?


Man Bags Going Mainstream In 2011

Tuesday, 1st March, 2011

Messenger bags, shoulder bags, dispatch bags, satchels…When these are in a mans possession they are commonly called the Man Bag. In the past these have been seen as a very feminine item, only bought by a certain type of people, including male fashionistas. Now, however, times are changing. It is now acceptable to carry a man bag, many men are now buying them, and the high street and high-end fashion labels have recognised the trend, by offering a wider selection of bags for men.

Why are they now more acceptable? The answer is the modern man now likes to carry more things, aswell as being fashionable. We can now do that. What might the modern man carry?

One of the biggest reasons why men are now using fashionable bags is because of technology. Tablet devices such as the iPad are fashionable, you need something to carry it in. The rise of laptops and netbooks also has a part to play. The young professional male who takes his iPad to work doesnt want to carry it in a cheap plastic bag, he needs something more durable and stylish, and have enough room for other things. The man bag enables us to carry around things which we wouldnt normally because we couldnt, e.g. a Laptop or iPad.

Now we see why girls like bags so much. They arent just practical, in the hands of a man they are the Swiss Army Knift of accessories.

Here are some of what is on offer, these are my picks of what the fashionable male can carry around.

Here are my picks of man bags. A selection from Diesel, Paul Smith, Ted Baker, Dolce And Gabbana and if you want to spend a small fortune, Louis Vuitton.


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