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#51 2014-01-10 09:12:02

Worried Man
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Re: Sportswear

Does anyone else feel the varsity jacket is a thing of youth?  For some reason I feel like I'm almost too old to wear one.  Don't get me wrong, I like them.  I only recently let go of one that I owned for years.  This coming from a guy that wears paisley button downs in summer.  Just another WM idiosyncrasy.


"We close our sto' at a reasonable hour because we figure anybody who would want one of our suits has got time to stroll over here in the daytime." - VP of George Muse Clothing, Atlanta, 1955

 

#52 2014-01-10 10:29:09

The Woolster
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Re: Sportswear

mightymax wrote:

I've managed to keep it out of my head for the last few years, because knowing that such beautiful is out there but at such unrealistic prices makes me mournful.

Thanks Woolster.

Yeah, they are nice aren't they? And I can't really afford them either sad

Oh come here fella

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#53 2014-01-10 10:31:47

mightymax
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Re: Sportswear

I feel much better now, Woolly. Thanks.

 

#54 2014-01-10 10:38:35

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Re: Sportswear

Worried Man wrote:

Does anyone else feel the varsity jacket is a thing of youth?  For some reason I feel like I'm almost too old to wear one.  Don't get me wrong, I like them.  I only recently let go of one that I owned for years.  This coming from a guy that wears paisley button downs in summer.  Just another WM idiosyncrasy.

http://www.goldenbearsportswear.com/in- … and-suede/

Just take a National instead, or some other model...

Max and Wool, I'm just as poor as you guys.

Damn!


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#55 2014-01-10 11:08:16

Russell...Street
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Re: Sportswear

I think it also depends on the kind of varsity jacket. White leather contrast sleeves and loud primary colors are not for everyone.


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“As honest as you can expect a man to be in a world where its going out of style.”  - Raymond Chandler

 

#56 2014-01-10 14:06:11

stanshall
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Re: Sportswear

The Woolster wrote:

Here's a vintage one from Campus:

http://datedvintagestyle.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/dscn7191.jpg?w=640&h=576

Shout out to Pigpen! (take your hand out of your pocket!):

http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/ultimateclassicrock.com/files/2013/03/g-dead-1966.jpg


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#57 2014-01-10 14:10:05

Worried Man
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Re: Sportswear

Russell...Street wrote:

Just take a National instead, or some other model...

Ohhh... I like "The Whittier". 

http://www.goldenbearsportswear.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/I-3603-BLACK-VIKING-LAMBSKIN-fIMG_9818-360x480.jpg


"We close our sto' at a reasonable hour because we figure anybody who would want one of our suits has got time to stroll over here in the daytime." - VP of George Muse Clothing, Atlanta, 1955

 

#58 2014-01-10 18:26:54

mightymax
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Re: Sportswear

I'd love a simple varsity-type jacket from them in a nice deep colour (I like that green one above a lot), but I also love this:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/cdn-fsg/unionmade/Images/Products/Golden_Bear_Mackinaw_Houdstooth_0.jpg

Of course this is all just fanciful indulgence.

 

#59 2014-01-10 19:32:50

Worried Man
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Re: Sportswear

^
Yeah. That's a nifty coat.


"We close our sto' at a reasonable hour because we figure anybody who would want one of our suits has got time to stroll over here in the daytime." - VP of George Muse Clothing, Atlanta, 1955

 

#60 2014-01-11 01:28:05

Bop
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Re: Sportswear

They can be a bit Accidental Alan. I prefer the melton wool ones.

 

#61 2014-01-11 01:29:34

Bop
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Re: Sportswear

I similar look would be a lakeland clicker or similar but less of a younger look.

 

#62 2014-01-11 01:38:02

Bop
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Re: Sportswear

Similar to the one MM posted. I nearly bought this but couldn't be arsed to pay the p + p on a coat I wasnt 100 percent sure of size wise

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.vi … 1353849284

 

#63 2014-01-11 03:11:06

woofboxer
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Re: Sportswear

Worried Man wrote:

Does anyone else feel the varsity jacket is a thing of youth?  For some reason I feel like I'm almost too old to wear one.  Don't get me wrong, I like them.  I only recently let go of one that I owned for years.  This coming from a guy that wears paisley button downs in summer.  Just another WM idiosyncrasy.

Certainly the ones with the contrast sleeves. Those Golden Bear all one colour Melton ones that Woolster posted are more usuable as a day to day wear.  You have to admire them all as a classic garment that is 100% Americana but there's something about the cut that makes me stop short of taking the plunge on one, and that's coming from someone who is addicted to coats and wants to own one of every type going.


'I'm not that keen on the Average Look .......ever'. 
John Simons

 

#64 2014-01-11 03:37:06

PT
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Re: Sportswear

I have a bottle green one that I wear a lot

If you like it and it doesn't make you feel uncomfortable wearing it, age shouldn't matter


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#65 2014-01-11 04:22:50

The Cat Walk
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Re: Sportswear

Love those molten Golden Bear jackets! Can purchase here http://dicks-edinburgh.co.uk/collections/golden-bear

Took delivery of a Leith tee this morning and will be buying another next week. Great fit, nice high collar - have been waiting for one of these for ages (ever since buying Leroy Grannis' surf photography in fact).

First football (or Girls Ball games) game of the new year today and what a fine day for it.

http://forums.filmnoirbuff.com/uploads/thumbs/5594_leith_tee1.jpg


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#66 2014-01-11 12:40:55

Don
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Re: Sportswear

Any opinions on this? A bit like the poor mans velvasheen. Currently up on ebay for around 35 quid.

http://www.united-athle.jp/ua_item/ua_S … 16-01.html

http://www.united-athle.jp/archives/001/201307/large-51f0a6c565a90.jpg

They also have some pretty nice and cheap (25 quid) chambray shirts

http://www.united-athle.jp/ua_item/ua_C … 70-01.html

 

#67 2014-01-11 15:48:32

Worried Man
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Re: Sportswear

^
Neither get me really excited.


"We close our sto' at a reasonable hour because we figure anybody who would want one of our suits has got time to stroll over here in the daytime." - VP of George Muse Clothing, Atlanta, 1955

 

#68 2014-01-12 15:10:17

Tomiskinky
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Re: Sportswear

Worried Man wrote:

^
Leather sleeves?

Indeed they are WM, rare you find them over here without bad logos and stitching.
Love the all grey Golden BEars, OiPolloi stock them I think.


Clothes make the man - naked people have little or no influence on society! M.Twain

 

#69 2014-01-13 05:53:18

The Woolster
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Re: Sportswear

The Cat Walk wrote:

Love those molten Golden Bear jackets! Can purchase here http://dicks-edinburgh.co.uk/collections/golden-bear

Took delivery of a Leith tee this morning and will be buying another next week. Great fit, nice high collar - have been waiting for one of these for ages (ever since buying Leroy Grannis' surf photography in fact).

First football (or Girls Ball games) game of the new year today and what a fine day for it.

http://forums.filmnoirbuff.com/uploads/ … h_tee1.jpg

Looks great. What's the hoodie Cat?

 

#70 2014-01-13 06:03:36

The Woolster
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Re: Sportswear

Tomiskinky wrote:

Worried Man wrote:

^
Leather sleeves?

Indeed they are WM, rare you find them over here without bad logos and stitching.
Love the all grey Golden BEars, OiPolloi stock them I think.

I had a pine green/cream one in my rockabilly days. I remember the leather sleeves picked up color from the jacket torso and I tried washing them with marseille soap, but only ended up making a bigger mess. I really loved that thing, I wish I could find a pic.

 

#71 2014-01-13 06:11:21

The Woolster
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Re: Sportswear

Don wrote:

Any opinions on this? A bit like the poor mans velvasheen. Currently up on ebay for around 35 quid.

http://www.united-athle.jp/ua_item/ua_S … 16-01.html

http://www.united-athle.jp/archives/001 … 565a90.jpg

They also have some pretty nice and cheap (25 quid) chambray shirts

http://www.united-athle.jp/ua_item/ua_C … 70-01.html

Not bad, although what I really like about the Velva sheen is the chunky shawl collar and the cut of the pockets. This one has neither.

The chambray looks pretty good, I think.

 

#72 2014-01-13 08:09:50

The Cat Walk
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From: Birmingham, UK
Posts: 117

Re: Sportswear

Thanks Woolster. I ordered the red/cream one today - loving the chunky stripe. Brings this image to mind. One of my favourites from the Leroy Grannis book.

http://forums.filmnoirbuff.com/uploads/thumbs/5594_leroy-grannis.jpg

The hoody is just a cheapo from H & M. I looked at some of the more expensive options and this one stood up fairly well...and was very cheap! I only really wear it for sport and loafing around the house.

Birthday at the end of the month and I'm half tempted to pull the trigger on one of those molten Golden Bear jackets you linked. For me, it would get far more use than a sport jacket and is of similar price to some of the recent offerings from John Simons.


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#73 2014-01-21 22:16:39

stanshall
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Re: Sportswear

woofboxer wrote:

Worried Man wrote:

Does anyone else feel the varsity jacket is a thing of youth?  For some reason I feel like I'm almost too old to wear one.  Don't get me wrong, I like them.  I only recently let go of one that I owned for years.  This coming from a guy that wears paisley button downs in summer.  Just another WM idiosyncrasy.

Certainly the ones with the contrast sleeves. Those Golden Bear all one colour Melton ones that Woolster posted are more usuable as a day to day wear.  You have to admire them all as a classic garment that is 100% Americana but there's something about the cut that makes me stop short of taking the plunge on one, and that's coming from someone who is addicted to coats and wants to own one of every type going.

Russell...Street wrote:

I think it also depends on the kind of varsity jacket. White leather contrast sleeves and loud primary colors are not for everyone.

They used to signify that one was a high-school jock.  They would also be worn by jocks' girlfriends and coaches and people in the athletic department. 

All the guys who wore varsity jackets in college were athletes and obviously in the collegiate cool rankings it was somewhat cooler if the wearer of the varsity jacket wearer were actually a current varsity athlete.  In college in the late-'70s and '80s varsity jackets were not at all preppy but rather were seen as classic Midwest Americana.

They've been retro since the '50s and instantly bring to mind Richie Cunningham on Happy Days. 

Maybe some wouldn't wear them in college because of wanting to seem a bit older and less like a high schooler.

You would see them on last year's state wrestling champion or some giant guy on the football team.   

the definitive high-school garment, the varsity jacket can be seen in Risky Business, The Breakfast Club where it was worn by the psycho wrestler played by Emilio Estevez , A Few Good Men (Tom Cruise again), Beverly Hills Cop, which features a Detroit Lions jacket worn by Eddie Murphy, and many other movies including the recent 21 Jump Street, which stars a purple number with white sleeves worn by Channing Tatum as the BMOC who later joins the police, as well as in such TV cop shows as Mod Squad and Starsky & Hutch. 

Just by chance I recently caught a few moments of the bad movie Code of Silence (1985) in which Chuck Norris plays a policeman and wears a varsity jacket in a dark color with white leather sleeves.  This is the first and only Chuck Norris movie I've ever even partially seen.  Norris was wooden but somebody wearing a varsity jacket, maybe him, manages a nice dive into the Chicago River from the roof of a moving train.  Later in the movie he changes into a red zip hoodie and an Illinois football jersey for a scene set in a tavern.  Dennis Farina is there too, wearing a Cubs baseball cap.

Last edited by stanshall (2014-01-21 22:32:05)


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#74 2014-01-22 02:19:19

The Woolster
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Re: Sportswear

http://www.gq.com/images/copilot/fashion-shows/fashion/201401/1390142309378_street-style-tommy-ton-fall-winter-2014-paris-2-08.jpg

 

#75 2014-01-22 02:34:18

Tomiskinky
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Re: Sportswear

I'm undecided on the one I picked up the other week, taken it to the cleaners and will see how it looks when it comes back.

It's true it's a younger mans look, but the above shows it can be carried off even if a bit older, think the stark white sleeve is harder to pull off as you get older than the muted cream/off white sleeve. As others have stated, it's the two tone element that makes it harder to wear and where the Golden Bear ones that are single colour fit well into the wardrobe.

Above are both great looks - really like the chap in the duffle, not owned one since primary school and would have to get a navy one if I did try one.


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