Style Advice of the Week

With the cold weather really gaining some momentum and the first day of winter closing in on us, a Fashionista needs functional yet fashionable outerwear. In NOLA, we don’t have to worry about snow or ice as much as others do. However, being so close to the water, the wind can get pretty brutal. One stylish way to protect yourself from the winter chill is with a classic varsity jacket!

Beginning in the 1950s, varsity jackets were the height of fashion for the male population. They were symbols of all-American athletic strength and tokens of school spirit and loyalty. Back then, wearing a varsity jacket meant you were on a team and that you were a part of something. In every film and magazine for generations, these items of outerwear have stood for so much more than keeping warm.

After 60 years, while the style as a whole remains loyal to the original design, the varsity jacket has been seized and revamped in more ways than one. This Fashionista’s varsity jacket has classic elements, such as the striped bands, the emblem over the chest and the leather arms. However, her pairing of the jacket with skinny denim and a T-shirt by the Diamond Supply Co. puts a modern twist on an old classic. For a jacket like this Fashionista’s, dElLiA*s and Urban Outfitters have similar items. Topshop and New Look are also great sources for classic varsity jackets. You can also find more modern styles at DailyLook and Karmaloop.


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