Varsity Jackets are Back! Were They Ever Gone?
When I was a high schooler rocking out to my favorite alternative jams, varsity jackets weren't much of a thing. We had over a thousand students at my school, and during my time, I only remember seeing a few jackets in the hallways. Most of us were wearing ripped up jeans and flannels... so that's a no thanks on a Letterman for me at the time. But being a music, movie, and tv fan, I still have a love and appreciation for the iconic jacket style that is The Letterman!
For those craving a bit of history and info on Varsity Jackets, the rest of these words are for you!
Letterman jackets have been an extremely popular article of clothing for years. They were originally given to exceptional students in the academic or sports field by the colleges of America. Individuals donning these jackets were considered to be highly prestigious among their peers.
The trend of representing team and prestige with letters started in the 1800s. Baseball and football teams of Harvard University started to wear the sweaters with the letter H sewn in big fonts at the front. These sweaters have now evolved into stylish jackets you see high schoolers wearing today. The colors of these jackets align with school colors. Traditionally, Educational institutes traditionally embroidered and placed patches on the jackets, Today, most students design their own jackets according to their fashion sense and taste.
One of the best thing about today's varsity jackets, is that they are an expression of each student, and ultimately they can be designed however you want! With that in mind, below are some of the traditional locations and design elements of classic letterman jackets.
Letterman Jacket Design
Snap or zipped front closing
The patches & embroidery on Letterman Jackets
One can customize their jackets however they want. The options for patches, chenille, and embroidery offered by today's apparel vendors is amazing. However, some colleges and high schools may have guidelines for traditional placements and context for numbers, letters, and logos on varsity jackets.
School or College Name
Sport or activity name
School or college initial
School logo & year of graduation
Mascot & team name
There was a time when only schools and colleges rewarded letterman jackets to extraordinary students. However, now everyone can order these jackets and customize them according to their own style. Custom jackets can be something that's kept in families for generations.
Are you ready to design a custom jacket? Email [email protected] to get a piece started!
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