Varsity Blues

Preppy classics took a fashion-forward turn this season with high-style spins like oversize cuts and cutting-edge details.

By: Giuseppa Nadrowksi

It’s a classic, all-American look, and this season it received a high-fashion treatment as collegiate-inspired clothing took over the men’s runways. Burberry, Lacoste, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton were among the many to take inspiration from campuses, with bold color blocking, letterman insignias, scholarly details, and of course, the season’s outerwear de rigueur: the varsity jacket. For the Fall/Winter collections, Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci reimagined the iconic cover-up with the British label’s signature sophistication. He chose a palette of sleek burgundy and white, with bold lettering and interesting cuts, to create two jackets we know will be at the top of the fashion set’s must-have list. Gucci’s Alessandro Michele took jersey-style shirts and hooded sweatshirts into varsity territory with his Gucci 100 collection. The tops featured graphic lines, bold color palettes, and oversize numbers. At Lacoste, Louise Trotter offered her interpretation of the iconic Ivy League look for Fall/Winter by playing with silhouettes, fits, pattern plays, and what we loved most, oversize L-shaped varsity logos. Louis Vuitton’s Virgil Abloh gave a luxe spin to the look with his Spring 22 collection, where we discovered sporty intarsia sweaters, jersey-inspired tops, and our favorite, this graphic black and yellow letterman. What we love about the trend is the modernity of it this season. Designers took a classic and iconic look and made it ever so fashion forward. They emblazoned cardigans and knits with logos, oversized the silhouettes of jackets, mixed up patterns, and added unexpected details. So this season, if you’re looking to get a step on the trend, we’ve found a few of our favorites below to get you started.

 

Shop the look 

Persol Sunglasses

$346
Sunglass Hut

Varsity Jacket

$450
Lacoste

Engraved Buckle Belt

$55
Lacoste

NUXX Duffle Bag

$1,590
Saint Laurent

Gucci 100 Cotton T-Shirt

$700
Gucci

Gucci 100 Cotton Sweatshirt

$1,380
Gucci

SL Baseball Cap

$495
Saint Laurent

Millenium Sneakers

$1,260
Louis Vuitton