The varsity jacket has become a staple of street style fashion

The Collegiate Americana style has seeped into wardrobes around the world. Varsity jackets are the latest preppy item to exert influence beyond the football field, as seen on spectators in Copenhagen and on catwalks in Paris.

Claudio Lavenia
Edward Berthelot

Varsity jackets were out in full force at the Fall/Winter 2022 shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris – models and attendees favored colorful vintage styles, adorned with badges and playful appliqués.

The rotating styles aren’t exactly dissimilar to the green and gray Philadelphia Eagles jacket that Diana, Princess of Wales sported many times in the 90s. It’s believed to be a gift from friend Jack Edelstein. of Grace Kelly and, above all, a longtime statistician for the American football team.

Daniel Zuchnik
Melody Jeng

Long before the recent hype, the late Virgil Abloh made eye-catching college bombers his signature. The designer’s final Fall/Winter 2022 show for Off-White was presented posthumously at Paris Fashion Week, and the team curated a moving tribute that celebrated Abloh’s ingenious design approach and ability to unique in combining streetwear and couture dresses in perfect harmony.

The collection is inspired by varsity style, epitomized by a red and cream varsity jacket – look 68 – which was worn with a voluminous ombre pleated skirt, corseted bodice and trainers, while the model carried a skateboard while walking. A poppy blue version also featured, styled with a fuzzy coat and pants.

Diana, Princess of Wales, wore a green and gray Philadelphia Eagles jacket on several outings in the 90s.

Julian Parker