Band Jacket Fashion Trend

Marching band jackets aren’t just for performances anymore; now military and band-inspired jackets are making a big impression on the fashion world.

One of the first and biggest celebrities to popularize the look was Michael Jackson back in the 1980s; however, few could pull off that many sequins. Nowadays, celebs are showing off more accessible takes on the band jacket. Chris Martin and Coldplay wore matching Sgt. Pepper-inspired jackets to the 2009 Grammy Award show; Chris Brown, Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West have frequently worn this style; My Chemical Romance wears more gothic versions; and female artists such as Rihanna, Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have worn sexier, tailored versions.

According to several fashion blogs, designers such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Balmain, Marc Jacobs, Balenciaga, Phillip Lim, Karen Walker, and Jessica Simpson have all designed takes on the band jacket. And affordable consumer versions are available from brands like New York & Company and LRG Clothing Company.

To get this look for a better price, try looking for actual used marching band jackets and converting them yourself. Just keep in mind that Halftime Magazine does not advocate stealing from your band’s uniform room!

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Elizabeth Geli

Elizabeth Geli is the assistant editor of Halftime Magazine and a journalist/communications professional in Southern California. Her 11 years at the University of Southern California (USC) Trojan Marching Band included time as a flute player, graduate teaching assistant, and student advocate. She holds a bachelor's degree in Print Journalism and master's degree in Specialized Journalism (The Arts) from USC.

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