The Varsity Jacket: A History Lesson With BODA SKINSThe varsity jacket. Here at BODA SKINS we have always had an attachment to them - we’ve made some pretty cool ones ourselves. The varsity jacket has become a staple figure in plenty of wardrobes across the world, so much so, it is standing as its own item that steered away from temporary trends to become a jacket that will always have its say in every realm of fashion.
You had to be the best of the best at one point, now its just the best of fashion.
1970s: YOU HAD TO BE THE BEST ON THE FIELD
A decade later, in 1975, the American Football team at Harvard began to wear the letterman-styled jackets for their team. This was seen as their statement piece which would allow them to boast how hard they performed on the field.
The jackets would be awarded to a player if their sporting talents were at a high enough standard. If you were lucky enough, and athletically advanced enough, to own a varsity jacket at this point, you were a very envied person.
In 1972, Congress passed a new law that banned all discrimination against female athletes and sports. This meant that more females in high schools and colleges would wear varsity jackets as a symbol of being a talented athlete. The world was beginning to see female basketball, baseball, and
softball players in varsity jackets. Most iconically, tennis legend, Serena Williams, was regularly captured wearing the varsity silhouette, symbolising herself as the best in the world at her sport.
1980s: GOODBYE WOOL, HELLO SATIN
By the time the varsity jacket reached the 1980s, the material of the jacket had evolved from wool to satin. The style of the varsity jacket had also grown in popularity in the commercial world, with the varsity becoming a fashion statement, as well as a symbol of athletic prowess.
This came off the back of major sporting teams wearing the apparel, most iconically, Joe Montana, world-famous American Football star, was seen rocking his golden satin varsity jacket on numerous occasions on the world stage.
But it wasn’t just the sportsmen that were wearing varsity jackets at this time. In fact, the high school or college boy often gave his jacket to his girlfriend a sign as a symbol of love and commitment.
The girl would proudly wear the jacket to show the whole school that she belonged to her boyfriend. But be careful, if a relationship would come to an end, the girl would often slash the jacket to shreds!