There’s just something about this time of year — the fact that school’s back in session, the way the leaves are changing, all the football that’s being played — that makes autumn feel very collegiate.
The varsity sweater channels this state of mind. It evokes memories, whether real or idealized, of strolls across leaf-strewn quads and afternoons at the football stadium. It keeps you as warm as a light jacket would, but let’s you play around a little more with color and design.
Above is future Nobel-prize winner Ralph Bunche (right) at Harvard; the C is no doubt from his earlier scholastic career, and could stand for the California in UCLA, his undergraduate school.
This fall there are plenty of varsity and collegiate sweaters to choose from. They’re fantasy clothes for sure, and are best admired for their nostalgic design.
Given that these are fantasy clothes, it’s not surprising that dream-weaver Ralph Lauren is a big exponent. Here’s a shawl pullover from Rugby:
And here’s a shawl cardigan:
At Rubgy.com, you can also make your own cardigan, adding a patch with any letter of the alphabet, a bulldog face, football, or even skull & bones.
On the more subdued side is this pullover from Polo Ralph Lauren:
Rather tame compared to this from a few seasons ago, perhaps Polo’s most spectacular:
Looks straight out of a JC Leyendecker illustration:
There’s also lots of collegiate stuff at Tommy Hilfiger, such as this one:
You’ll also find these looks at places like Faconnable and Abercrombie & Fitch, proving there are a lot of guys in the bleachers who wish they were on the field — MATTHEW BENZ