What the well-dressed man in New York will be wearing this season. This is your Essential Fall Style Guide, Part One: in which we recommend The Jacket.
Gentlemen, take note.
When it comes to fall jackets, your options should not be confined to blazers and North Face-issue fleece.
There's a third way: the casual-yet-classy varsity jacket — updated with slimmer fits and better fabrics, but maintaining the same timeless scholastic style.
Not to mention they’re versatile and perfect for layering. Varsities look great paired with a white tee, faded denim and boots, or churched up with a button-down and sweater over woolly trousers and a pair of chunky brogues.
Just don’t forget to offer to carry her books.
Gant Rugger Homerun Jacket
The keys here are fit and fabric – slim through the body to cut a mean figure, with understated herringbone wool typically reserved for tweedy blazers. An upgrade from college student to college professor, if you will. Buy online.
Unis Loro Piana Varsity Bomber
If you want to go dark, however, go all the way. Unis’s black-on-black number features a wool torso from legendary Italian mill Loro Piana. So soft you’d swear it was cashmere. Buy online.
Marc By Marc Jacobs Pensacola Varsity Jacket
A more relaxed fit and the addition of a hood make this the casual weekend go-to. Best with jeans and sneakers, or – if one is inclined toward ultimate power moves – as a top layer when headed to the gym on chilly days. Buy online.
Golden Bear for Frans Boone Varsity Jacket
For the traditionalist. Online tastemakers Frans Boone roped in varsity jacket pioneers Golden Bear (who've been at it since the '50s) for this limited-edition classic boasting raglan sleeves, fold-down collar and a fall colorway that's hard to argue with. Might want to grab yourself a letter for this one. Buy online.