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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Vintage Collectables-Letterman Sweaters

I won't lie, I've never had any fondness for athletics. While I enjoy a long walk or a bike ride, I avoid any sort of organized sporting event like the plague.  However, this aversion doesn't stop me from appreciating some aspects of vintage athletics, most specifically the sweaters........letterman sweaters that is.

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There is just something so autumny about a preppy letterman sweater.  Looking at the vintage photos of these sweater clad teens I can almost feel the chill in the air and hear the leaves crackle as they stroll around campus.

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While my feminist leanings leave me somewhat ashamed to admit it, my personal favorite letterman sweater look is the borrowed from the boys one.  Like the co-ed who below who appears to have kept warm by slipping her boyfriend's sweater over her dress or skirt and blouse.

I may be more then a decade and a half beyond my school years but that didn't stop my collegiate yearnings for a vintage letterman sweater of my own.  Luckily, I found my perfect sweater match on Etsy thanks to the wonderful seller Dust and Daze.  While my sweater isn't the borrowed from the boys look I originally sought, it apparently belonged to a sporty young lady named Annelise, it is more than made up for by its pristine condition and vintage beauty.   Seriously this sweater looks like it was made yesterday despite being over 50 years old.  It has all the letterman sweater essentials a big fuzzy letter, classic red stripes, warm thick wool, and plenty of athletic pins, and during Dust and Daze's summer sale it was a steal. 
I wore it with my Freddie's of Pinewood Jeans, a red beret, and my tweed clad sweet heart, Weasley, at my side.

Now I'm really not sure why but this outfit got the comment? compliment?, it was said with a smile and thumbs up,  that I looked like a cartoon character.  Perhaps this guy:

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Outfit Details
Letterman Sweater from Dust and Daze
Red Beret Amazon
Bakelite Bangles, thrifted
Weasley's Tweed Jacket, Rover Dog


  1. I saw this lovely photograph of a rare 1900s lady. I thought she looked very much like you:) I posted it to my FB page so you could see her.

  2. Letterman jackets suit you so well:) I also very much love your beret. I had a really nice velvet one in red but it was destroyed when we had a flood in our basement. I'm still searching for a nice replacement.

  3. Those were pretty cool. Mom remembers Archie's sweater
    Lily & Edward

  4. Oh you look fabulous!
    Thanks for linking up!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  5. A WIN!!!! Mom loves the outfit.
    stella rose

  6. You look stunning in your letterman sweater! Love its white color with red stripes on arm and big "W." Your red hat goes perfectly with your outfit!

  7. You look amazing (but then you always do!) I always liked the letter sweaters in the movies. :-)

  8. Oh love the letter sweater!
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

  9. SHE remembers all those kids walking around with their Letters......

  10. That sweater is in amazing shape for 50 years. And you look lovely in it!

    My father's name was Wilbur so that last image gave me a good chuckle. Googling it, that comic came to be just a couple years after my dad graduated college. A bit after his youth, but not much!

  11. Adorable outfit, and I love those sweaters :D

  12. That sweater is amazing and cool and love the badges. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  13. This is such a good look on you! It's an amazing sweater and the jeans and beret are the perfect items to go with it.

  14. This is a great look. What a lovely sweater. I like all the old images you have used.


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