Hello, triple threat.
Like a moto jacket or the classic trench, varsity jackets are a back-to-fall staple that makes any look feel effortlessly cool. And much like those other ubiquitous autumnal coverups, they’re surprisingly versatile. Style it just so and the resulting look can read as sporty, chic, or even slightly fancy. For pointers on nailing each of those vibes, we tapped one of our favorite style mavens, Asiyami Gold. Thanks to her innate ability to mix colors, textures, and prints without ever looking overdone, we knew the photographer/blogger/creative consultant would have some genius ideas on how to make a varsity jacket work for any mood. Basketball for men
Go For Sporty
For a touch of nostalgia, pair straight-leg trousers with sneakers. “It’s a combo I call ‘tomgirl-chic,'” explains Gold. “It reminds me of my glory days in high school when I played basketball, but it’s actually timeless—you can wear this look forever.” Up the femme factor by choosing a blouse with pretty details, like pearly buttons. “I love pearls. They’re simple and elegant and go with everything.” Sport Cap
Keep It Chic
A varsity jacket is laid-back by default, so to avoid looking sloppy, Gold balances it with other pieces that impart edgy elegance, like a leather skirt. “Ankle boots keep the skirt casual,” she adds. “They’re functional, but polished.” Gold also recommends topping the skirt with a cozy sweatshirt and skipping statement jewelry. “Tie a bandana around your neck instead,” she says. “You’ll look like a rock star—like you’re in the band.” Basketball for women
Dress It Up
“I like feeling comfortable, and I always go for pieces that let me breathe—even when dressing up,” Gold explains. To that end, she recommends elevating the varsity jacket with another easy-wearing wardrobe classic: an LBD. “Choose one that feels slightly Victorian or vintage,” she advises. “With the sportiness of the jacket, it’s unexpected and adds a bit of sartorial excitement.” Gold is also a fan of popping on a few eye-catching accessories. “Shiny blue booties are fancy without being too over-the-top.” Promotion Cap