Varsity vs Varsity

In Fashion on May 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm


Stretch cotton-twill and leather varsity jacket by Paul Smith. A hefty £925 price tage. Available at Mr. Porter.

I’m not sure where this fascination with varsity jackets came from. Perhaps it was after seeing the lovely line-up at E.Tauz or maybe, it’s the boy in me, but they’ve suddenly become a priority on my staple list. Ah, that’s it. Though the varsity jacket is as alpha male as it gets. This season’s version boasts an androgyny with muted, monochrome palettes and uber clean lines.

The perfect example of this is the young, feminine featured New York rapper A$AP Rocky. His latest video, Goldie, saw him spice the jacket up with a toque and some grills. But his soft, lean silhouette – he does look rather waif – was reminiscent of your favourite tom girl.

NIKE Destroyer £280. Available at the NIKE store.

Then there’s NIKE Destroyer for women. OK. I did recently post about it. Maybe too recent. While it’s not as smooth as Paul Smith’s version (and a fraction of the price), it is surprisingly minimal (no logos or obvious NIKE branding) which makes this a strong option if you’re into this trend.

It’s a tough call, believe it or not. It is much easier to dress down the Paul Smith version than it is to dress up the NIKE one. Though they’re both very similar with the ribbed cuffs, press-stud fastening, leather sleeves, it’s about the finish and effect in the end. Needless to say, I can’t really justify even spending £280 on a NIKE jacket, of all things, either.
I’ll be keeping a close eye… on both of them.

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