Allow us to indulge you in a potential scenario that will truly illustrate the raw power of the baseball jacket. Imagine you’re going to a party. A high-school party, a frat party, a college reunion. No, seriously, any of them. You haven’t dressed up yet and you’re eyeing up the stuff in your closet with more scrutiny than usual because you know parties like these can be as much a sartorial challenge as they can be a social one. Guess what? Now your social anxiety is begging you to skip the party altogether. Remember, the clock is ticking.
What are your options? One, you could grab a pack of nachos and spend the entire evening on your couch. Two, you could head out the door and devour some good old liquid courage as soon as you get there. But you also don’t want to spend the entire next day chugging Advil. So instead, you do the only logical thing you can think of. You put on your beloved baseball jacket and then charm the living daylights out of everyone you come across for the rest of the evening.
This is the power of the baseball jacket. Not only is it a classic toss-on-and-go piece, but it’s also a triumph of style and function. No other piece of clothing packs a punch quite like this jacket. There, we said it.
Stag Wears’ Black / Gold Leather Baseball Jacket
Also known as ‘varsity’ jackets or sometimes ‘letterman’ jackets, the baseball jackets, like so many other items in the male wardrobe, debuted as a sports garment. We can trace them all the way back to the year 1865 when they were first seen – borne on the backs of Harvard’s baseball team with the letter H plastered on the jacket in all its glory. Since then, the baseball jackets stand strong as a symbol of American jock culture and the nation’s love for baseball.
Despite being born out of function and having an athletic background that might always remain tightly woven into its DNA, this jacket has grown into something far more versatile.
It isn’t just limited to high-school hallways or baseball fields anymore. And you certainly don’t have to be a muscular, floppy-haired epitome of toxic masculinity to rock one either. Bonus points if you’re not. Worn by everyone from Chris Evans to Robert Pattinson and even Drake, this jacket is now an integral part of every man’s wardrobe. Whether you’re a high-school jock, a nerd, a working adult, or a retired gentleman, the baseball jacket is yours to take.
The particularly nice thing about this type of jacket, though, is that no matter how classic it’s become, designers from across the world continue to innovate and pull on the jacket’s appeal. Take, for instance, the large variety of forms the baseball jacket has taken over the years. From wool jacket to satin jacket to leather jacket, there’s a vast range for you to choose from. It can take a bit of trial and error to find one that ticks all the boxes for you. But once you get it right, a good baseball jacket can become one of your most cherished garments, yanked out whenever you feel like making a statement.
To help you sort the wheat from the chaff, here’s our exclusive baseball jacket men’s edit of the best baseball-inspired silhouettes available right now so you, too, can experience the jacket’s sheer glory. Happy Shopping!
Baseball Jacket Men’s Edit
Mens Baseball Satin Jacket (Navy Blue)
High-School Baseball Satin Jacket
College Baseball Jacket in Orange and Black
Between their distinctive, collegiate style, their color-blocked design, and their strong, hard-wearing fabric, the baseball jackets in our edit make for a serious sartorial statement and exactly what your wardrobe needs. Shop one here or customize one for yourself here.