In case you missed the memo, the "academia" aesthetic is one of the biggest trends to hit the fashion world by storm this 2022. The look is often characterized by pleated skirts, plaid shirts, sweater vests, knee high socks—you get the drift. However, if looking like a student from an expensive prep school isn't your cup of tea and athleisure is more right up your alley, you can still channel that college girl energy wearing another big fashion item of the moment: varsity jackets. It's the not-so-new cool girl trend that you should be getting on, stat!
The varsity jacket has long been a staple for street style icons, but the trend has recently seen a more powerful resurgence on the runways of fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan, and Paris. The late Virgil Abloh revived the hype for bombers during his final autumn/winter 2022 shows for Off-White and Louis Vuitton, and other fashion houses, from Versace to Gucci, also hopped on the collegiate train.
LOOK: Local Celebrities Wearing a Varsity Bomber Jacket
Want to score some style tips on how to sport the varsity jacket trend? Take cues from our very own stylish celebs who are ahead of the fashion game! Oh, and we highly suggest getting it oversized—borrow your boyfriend's or shop from the menswear section. You do you.
Ever the ultimate style maven, Heart Evangelista was ahead of the pack, sporting a varsity jacket from Celine in the chicest maroon hue. She paired hers with a surprisingly affordable pair of trousers, chunky Converse sneakers, a Dior arm candy, and her iconic YSL sunglasses.
Liza Soberano seems to have newfound love for streetwear. Her OOTDs in the U.S. veer away from her usual dainty aesthetic, channeling more edgy pieces such as a bright red Chicago Bulls-emblazoned bomber jacket teamed with a black corset-and-pants combo.
We're head over heels for Kathryn Bernardo's cool girl 'fit, featuring a vintage-looking bomber in all its patched glory, paired with a striped Celine cropped top, belted mini skirt, and Valentino platform sandals.
SHOP: Varsity Bomber Jackets
Now that you're convinced, it's time to shop! Here are some top picks, depending on your budget, that you should be adding to cart ASAP.
Logo-Patch Varsity Jacket, OFF-WHITE, $2196 (approx. P128,180), farfetch.com
Logo-Embroidered Varsity Jacket, OPENING CEREMONY, $845 (approx. P49,320), farfetch.com
Bomber Jacket with Patches X Rhuigi, ZARA, P5995, zara.com
Graphic Bomber Jacket, SUPERDRY, P6449 P5249, zalora.com.ph
Los Angeles Varsity Jacket, FOREVER 21, P2795, zalora.com.ph