How To Style A Short Sleeve Sweatshirt

Designers gave the classic sweatshirt a reboot in 2013, shortening the sleeves and playing with the cut and fabric. The resulting garments tend to go in one of two directions; short and boxy or long and draped.

The new sweatshirt silhouette is a little tricky to style at first. But it doesn’t have to sit in your closet until next summer. You can easily wear it into the winter by employing a few creative styling choices.

Here are some of my favorites:

Short Sleeve Sweatshirts

SHORT AND BOXY:
This version has a relaxed cut and the bottom hem hits slightly below the natural waist. Embrace the sweatshirt’s natural sportiness or play against type with more tailored options.

Try it with…
Shorts and tights: Keep the tights dark and super opaque. Wear them with cuffed denim shorts for a casual look or a roomier pair in a textured fabric like tweed or brocade. Just keep the color palette simple with all those contrasting textures in the mix.

An oversized button down shirt: The boxy cut looks cool when layered over a floaty button down shirt. To get the proportions right, make sure that the shirt underneath is a hand length longer than the sweatshirt and whatever you wear on the bottom is fitted and sleek.

– Dramatic flare jeans: Show a teeny bit of midriff (just a little now, this isn’t 2001) and balance the boxy cut of the top with extreme flares. The sweatshirt is as casual as a worn-in T and gives new life to a laid back look that worked as well in the 70s as it does today.

An A-Line skirt and tights: A sporty top looks sweet with a simple skirt and tights combo that works well in winter weather.

LAMADE Easy fit 3/4 hoodie

LONG AND DRAPED:
These sweatshirts skim the tops of the thighs and turn the garment’s athletic reputation on its head. Style this piece like you would a tissue-thin T — with a structured piece for contrast or with similarly dreamy style for dramatic effect and extra warmth.

Try it with…
– Skinny Jeans: A long, flowing top and skinnies is a classic combo. Sneakers and lighter wash denim read casual and dark skinny jeans paired with flats or boots take the look to a more dressed-up place.

– A blazer: The crisp classic looks great when worn with a casual piece like a sweatshirt. Just make sure the fabric is thin enough to work under the blazer’s structured shoulders.

A belted sweater coat or cardigan: Reign in the volume of a thin-knit sweatshirt by topping it with a cozy sweater coat or boyfriend cardigan, worn open or topped with a belt for added waist definition.

A body-con mini: The extra fabric up top keeps the mini classy, not trashy. Add opaque or textured tights for extra interest and warmth.

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