How to Style the Varsity Jacket for Fall to Winter

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10/11/16

How to Style the Coach 1941 Varsity Jacket

For the Autumn/Fall Trend
So, you rocked the denim and bomber jacket for the majority of Spring and Summer and I’m guessing you’ve been eyeing up a faux fur collared coat for your winter wardrobe. But I have a feeling that this Autumn and Winter could be the turn of the Varsity Jacket. The Varsity Trend was found on the runways from a number of the biggest fashion houses last season, offering us a glimpse into our Autumnal Wardrobes for 2016. Patches, plaid, emblems, striped cuffs and backpacks all made a luxury fashion revival and poked a bit of fun back into the generically heavy layered, chunky fabric and fur coated winter months.

But it was Coach, the American fashion house with the English Creative Director Stuart Vevers, who followed the urban Americana inspired trend heavily through their Coach 1941 runway show in New York. The oversized Varsity jackets were the key feature, in a variety of block colours, leather sleeves and thick padded fabrics with sport inspired patches to the body. What garment screams iconic American culture more than the famous Varsity jacket?! The vision is to harness your inner cheerleader and wear your boyfriend’s college baseball jacket, as you would have done ten years (or more) before. But paired with your favourite Autumn/Winter wardrobe, this really makes for a grab-able piece of clothing. Warm in thickness, cool in style and super hot for this Autumn’s trends.

The rest of the Coach 1941 collection for A/W16 followed the Americana trend in its most iconic form. There was a western feel to the prints, plaid patterns, oversized collars, A-line dresses and to some of the knitwear, a Native American set of motifs. The collection plays on the most famous symbols of Americana and nostalgic America. Whilst the accessories are metallic, studded, flashy and something out of the 50’s Rock n Roll era mixed with a splash of Vegas.

And this is how I styled it.

To start, the gold studded loafers. A colour and shoe style which I am seeing so much more of throughout the luxury accessories market recently. Especially in the bright gold, these make for a stand out metallic piece, with a studded block heel and bejewelled finish. The masculine loafer was definitely given a touch of glamour and 50’s flare for this key Autumn accessory.

The Coach Rogue Bag has also been updated with the Americana trend for Autumn. With the black pebbled leather splashed with sports inspired varsity patches, the bag has a DIY vibe and a touch more playful colour than the standard black.

The Ruffled dress is one of my favourite pieces from the collection, with a wonderful Victoriana meets Western ruffled trim running down the front of the shirt and to the cuffs. Yet, the piece continues the metallic theme from the accessories, running a gold band through the centre of the dress at the waistline and again at the hemline, with black and silver studded detailing for an unexpected finish.

The Varsity Jacket fits oversized, comfortable and really makes for an easy layering piece. For the Autumn and Winter months, layered over turtle necks and cable knit sweaters will make this that key item in your wardrobe that you will always reach for. With the metallic touches and leather sleeves, there is touch of glam to this otherwise casual piece, and with skinny/slim trousers and high heels, this will be a style you can rock for a variety of occasions from casual to occasion. I’m thinking skinny dark blue jeans, tall heeled boots, a tight turtle neck body and the Varsity Jacket. My usual style with a touch of something fun and stylish for Autumn.

Dare to rock the Varsity Jacket for Fall? What do you think of the outfit?