Used to be, a varsity jacket was what you pulled over your shoulders after scoring the game-winning point against East. That was then. Reinvigorated over the past decade or so by high-fashion houses like Saint Laurent and indie labels like the Brooklyn Circus, it’s now the jacket of cool-guy rockers, streetwear savants, and, this fall, you. Wear yours with everything from scuffed boots and faded denim to tailored trousers and pin-sharp dress shoes. Layer it over a sweater vest or throw it on with track pants and sneakers if you want to lean into the athletic associations. However you choose to wear it, the varsity is a bona fide icon of American cool that should have a spot in your wardrobe. Buzzer-beaters very much not required.

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