The best Cheap Varsity Jacket for Every Budget in Canada

Whether you’re looking to add a hint of preppy flair or elevate your streetwear look, varsity jackets have long been a staple piece. And while oversized lettering may be trendy, Leitz-Aslaskan suggests opting for a more fitted style to keep the silhouette sleek.

Virgil Abloh helped usher the trend into fashion’s mainstream with his Off-White rendition, but you don’t need to break the bank to get in on the action. Shop our picks below.

1. MKI

From the high-street courtesy of Zara and Banana Republic to streetwear stylings from Supreme, the cheap varsity jacket is a style that is widely embraced. But, there’s also a whole host of more premium options that you can invest in.

This one from Oregon-based brand MKI is a total knockout, combining denim spirit with the silhouette’s classic design motifs. The wool-woven piece is finished with faux leather sleeves and striped ribbed knit accents that add a sporty look to any ensemble.

Everett-Ratcliffe also loves this supple pick from fast-fashion retailer H&M, which is available in forest green and dark blue. It comes complete with a slender silhouette, matching ribbed trims on the collar and cuffs and a set of pockets.

Hedi Slimane’s ode to the Teddy silhouette at Saint Laurent is also a definite splurge option. Its understated take on the classic sportswear silhouette is oozing with quiet luxury and elevates the trend to the next level.

2. Van Jacket

Ishizu launched VAN in the late ’50s as a full line of East Coast prep clothing meant to be worn in complete coordination. He studied Gant, Brooks Brothers and other classic labels, producing extremely faithful recreations of striped madras, oxford button-downs, high-water khakis, navy blazers with emblems and duffel coats.

The jacket’s vintage fit, slightly cropped and boxier than others here is enhanced by a chain stitch embroidery detail above the right double-welted pocket. The tonal “Darlings” chain stitch above the rib cuffs complements a jacquard stripe that adds visual interest to the arms. Chenille and embroidered patches offer DIY options to personalize the look further.

The jacket is core dyed, which reveals more than just one shade and adds to the feel of the garment. It’s water-repellent enough to keep the wearer comfortable through light drizzle, fog or intermittent rain. However, for prolonged wet weather a waterproof shell is still recommended.

3. Off-White

When a varsity jacket lands in your closet, you have a few options. You can keep it in your budget and get the classic look of a cotton/wool mix, or you can go for something with all lambskin sleeves and recycled wool construction and hit the same style points as a Hedi Slimane or Virgil Abloh creation that will set you back upwards of $500.

If you want to go the high-fashion route, look to Off-White. The label is renowned for its ability to find common ground between streetwear and luxury fashion, and their varsity jackets are no exception. The brand’s designs have the kind of cult appeal that has them beloved by teenagers on Reddit, streetwear-loving celebrities like Marc Jacobs and a whole host of day-one Virgil Abloh fans.

The brand’s styles come in a variety of colors, but one to try is this beige option with black and camel contrasts that Germany-based plus-size stylist Michaela Leitz-Aslaksen calls “fun, cute and flattering.” Leitz-Aslaksen also loves the jacket for its extended button channel on the front that adds an extra touch of flair to a look that is otherwise simple enough to pair with jeans and sneakers.

4. Human Made

If you’re looking to get in on the varsity jacket designer trend, this one from Detroit-based brand Human Made will fit the bill. It features a black body with rib-knitted cuffs and collar, as well as an extended button channel to add some modern flair. This jacket will look perfect when worn with a pair of fitted jeans and sneakers for a streetwear-inspired look.

Leitz-Aslaksen also loves this navy and white option from Givenchy, which she says “looks like a high-end version of the classic J.Crew jacket.” It’s sure to be a conversation piece, but it’s going to set you back a bit.hit the same style points as a Hedi Slimane or Virgil Abloh creation that will set you back upwards of $500.

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