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 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.
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.