Less tough than a biker jacket and less coy than a boyfriend sweater, the varsity jacket is meant to be a grab-and-go piece whenever you are up for a good time. This season’s version is lighter and cut way leaner than the traditional oneplus, the details (rows of buttons, an extra zippered pocket or two) update the classic. It’s colorful, inviting, and one of the few items in a very serious season that’s designed to make you smile.
HOW TO WEAR IT It’s strange. The jacket looks exactly right with a skirt, especially the new longer ones, yet it clashes when slipped over a dress. Do not go the vintage route: The bulk in the sleeve and armhole alone will ensure it’s a one-time wear. Also, unlike the biker jacket, this classic doesn’t contrast coolly with evening clothes. Butand it’s the only time we have said this in the whole guideit’s a piece that goes best with jeans.