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BAZAAR’s American Sportswear Guide 2023

The spirit of American sportswear was all over the spring 2023 runways, from elevated takes on staples like the plaid shirt (in luxe leather at Bottega Veneta, below) to sleek spins on the classics. There’s something special about fashion with ties to a home base and fashion history all at once—and many of the season’s best wardrobe heroes have deep roots in the functional apparel of America’s past. See: denim with Western nods or workwear with industrial pockets and rivets.

The best part about each emblem of American style? They all get better with age. Ahead, as first seen in BAZAAR’s March 2023 print edition, I break down the key looks and pieces defining American Sportswear today. These jeans, utility shirts, and prep school blazers are all nods to classic American dressing and universal wardrobe staples to buy now and wear forever.

leather flannel with pocket detail on white background

The Western Wardrobe

a collage of western outfits in a bazaar american sportswear guide 2023

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Denim is always a good idea—and it’s a pillar of Western-inspired style. Over the past few seasons, and spring 2023 especially, runways including Celine, Givenchy, and Altuzarra fueled a denim resurgence with dozens of luxurious upgrades. Then for a touch of nostalgia, pulling on a pair of Levi’s 501s always feels appropriate. There’s such a range!

As a city girl, I love adding a Western accent to my outfits. From pops of flannel shirting to a bandana necktie scarf, they make a look feel grounded. Whether you double up with a jean trucker jacket layered under a fringe suede jacket, or lean all the way in with a denim shirt and skirt to match, you’re guaranteed to look effortless (and a little rugged). Pairing it all with classic white high-top sneakers feels simply cool.

The Trucker Jacket

Kit Denim Jacket

GUESS Originals Kit Denim Jacket
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Denim Shirt

A BETTER BLUE Denim Shirt

Closed A BETTER BLUE Denim Shirt
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Denim Skirt

The Charlene Skirt

Khaite The Charlene Skirt
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The High Tops

Sneaker Alte

Jil Sander by Lucie and Luke Meier Sneaker Alte
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Western Belt

Baby Bri Bri Belt

B-Low The Belt Baby Bri Bri Belt

Now 30% Off

Credit: Shopbop

The Beaded Necklace

Power Animal beaded necklace

Jessie Western Power Animal beaded necklace

The Suede Jacket

Lamb Suede Fringed Jacket

Stetson Lamb Suede Fringed Jacket
Credit: Stetson

The Western Shirt

Plaid Oxford Shirt

GANT x Wrangler Plaid Oxford Shirt

Now 57% Off

The Patchwork Jeans

501 '54 Original Fit Jeans

Levi’s 501 ’54 Original Fit Jeans

The Cowboy Boot

Margretta Caramel

Miron Crosby Margretta Caramel

WHY DON’T YOU…?

Wear your bandana as a necktie scarf or tied around a bag.

Durango 22"

Mister Bandana Durango 22″
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

Silk Bandana Scarf in Satin

Manner Market Silk Bandana Scarf in Satin
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

Khadi Cotton Momi Paisley Bandana

45R Khadi Cotton Momi Paisley Bandana
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Preppy Uniform

a collage of preppy styles in a roundup of bazaar american sportswear 2023

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The most classic approach to sportswear? Uniform! Think prep school and collegiate days, a mix of heritage pieces with a sporty edge. Designers are celebrating preppy wardrobes all over the runways with twists on our favorite items. Two standout examples: Coach breathed new life into the classic cable-knit sweater by adding abstract prints and modern weaves, while Wales Bonner constructed a patched, studded, and personalized letterman’s jacket.

Whether you invest in a navy double-breasted blazer with gold buttons or opt for a statement varsity jacket, you are sure to be top of the class. Tie it all together with a hair bow (or an actual tie), throw on a baseball hat, and pick up an L.L.Bean canvas tote to carry your essentials. As for jewelry, pearl earrings and a signet ring are forever items with a preppy vibe.

The Blazer

Walter Double Breasted Jacket

Derek Lam Walter Double Breasted Jacket
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Cardigan

Mended Aran Cardigan

Coach Mended Aran Cardigan
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Hair Bow

Velvet Bow Barrette

Jennifer Behr Velvet Bow Barrette

The Canvas Tote

Boat and Tote

L.L.Bean Boat and Tote
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Striped Ties

Double Bar Stripe Tie (Left)

J.Press Double Bar Stripe Tie (Left)
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Pearl Studs

6mm Pearl Studs

Mateo New York 6mm Pearl Studs
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Baseball Cap

Team Classic 39THIRTY Stretch Fit

New Era Cap Team Classic 39THIRTY Stretch Fit
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Varsity Jacket

Ascend Varsity Jacket

Wales Bonner Ascend Varsity Jacket
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Chinos

Boyish Chino

The Signet Ring

Rym Signet Ring

Pattaraphan Rym Signet Ring

WHY DON’T YOU…?

Go with a classic flat to polish off any look.

two tone loafers along with black oxford shoes and ballet flats on white background

The Workwear Staples

a collage of women in workwear in a roundup of bazaar american sportswear 2023

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For utilitarian function and practical ease, workwear comes with built-in features to take on anything that comes your way while still looking put-together. All-in-one boilersuits with extra pockets and henleys layered over T-shirts and tank tops are more than pragmatic. As seen on spring runways like Bottega Veneta, Max Mara, and Miu Miu, they’re versatile and even elevated with the right styling.

Anything with cargo pockets has an innate sensibility. Whether they’re applied to a button-down work shirt or bag, the best cargo pieces feel a little nostalgic and reference how they were originally intended to be worn (for work!). With tonal neutrals as the main color story, the items below can be quietly cool statement pieces.

The Boiler Suit

Techno Utility Jumpsuit

Brunello Cucinelli Techno Utility Jumpsuit
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Khaki Work Shirt

Regent Regular-Fit Twill Vintage Military Sport Shirt

Brooks Brothers Regent Regular-Fit Twill Vintage Military Sport Shirt

Now 53% Off

Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Henley

Nimbus Cashmere Henley

Free People Nimbus Cashmere Henley
Credit: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK

The Oversized Quilted Jacket

Teddy Oversized Quilted Jacket

The Frankie Shop Teddy Oversized Quilted Jacket
Credit: Mytheresa

The Knit Jersey T-Shirt

Long-Sleeved Garment-Dyed T-Shirt

Miu Miu Long-Sleeved Garment-Dyed T-Shirt

The Cropped Barn Jacket

Cropped Trapeze Parka

Loewe Cropped Trapeze Parka

The Cargo Pant

Aviation Pant

Carhartt W.I.P. Aviation Pant

The Utility Bag

Nappa Leather Pocket Bag

Miu Miu Nappa Leather Pocket Bag

The Lace-Up Loafers

Wallabee Maple Suede

Clarks Wallabee Maple Suede
Credit: Pfeffer

The Water Bottle Bag

Recycled Water Bottle & Bag

Marine Serre Recycled Water Bottle & Bag
Credit: Luisaviaroma

WHY DON’T YOU…?

Engrave ID jewelry for a personal touch.

The Dog-Tag Necklace

Tiffany 1837 Makers I.D. Tag Pendant in 18k Gold, 24"

Tiffany & Co. Tiffany 1837 Makers I.D. Tag Pendant in 18k Gold, 24″

The ID Bracelet

I.D. Bracelet

Tiffany & Co. I.D. Bracelet

This article originally appeared in the March 2023 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR.

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Senior Fashion & Accessories Editor

Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen is Harper’s Bazaar’s Senior Fashion & Accessories Editor. Outside of the office she can be found downtown with her twin sister, figure skating somewhere or on the hunt for the perfect striped top. Follow her on Instagram @jaclynalexandra