sweatshirts-runwayEver since Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs or Balenciaga reinvented the sweatshirt for their 2012 fall collections, streets and savvy posh fashionistats can’t seem to get enough of the Sporty Chic Style: The Sweatshirt. Long gone are the days when this sporty attire was only gym appropriate (ha! can’t believe how far we’ve come). So I was just wondering – between the sloppy grad students or young working girls walking in their sweatshirts (not to stay in style, but quite the opposite) to grab coffee on a Saturday morning and kill off that bad hangover, to the catwalks – what happened? When did this cute gym top, hangover attire for the weekends, or ‘I don’t care how I look’ (‘yet I’m gorgeous‘) become such a trendy must-have?  street-style-sweatshirtApparently designers and streets get a lot of their fashion looks from grad students. I mean remember the Varsity Jacket? (click here to get the look & check out the trend) Ha! Years ago it was a uni statement, a team-sports attire and now… now it graces the back of so many posh fashion faces. Could it be that those off duty fab celebs or party students looked luxe-grunge while shying away from the very fashion obsession designers were too eager to show off? The less you try the better you look, right? Indeed it is a great style paradox, and the more we give in to these contradictions and fashion paradoxes the more fashion takes a  new way. It changes, becoming so effortlessly chic, so ignorant to its very characteristics that has made fashion what it is. Today fashion takes itself less seriously… and thank God for that. As much as I love it (and I do, trust me) at the end of the day, it’s just clothes, you know. Anyway, the very fashion contradictions make a great look and translate into amazing styles. Such is the case of the Sweatshirt Trend for this spring! tiger-sweatshirtasos-sweatshirtskenzo-sweatshirts-matchesprinted-sweatshirtThe sweatshirt had a huge comeback last fall, yet I would think it’s appropriate to say this sporty chic top is a great transitional piece from winter to spring. Not too thick, comfy, sophisticated and not at all boring. Not with the styles and trends that are invading the shops. Why not do it in Spring too? I think it looks much better as it can be worn with nothing on top of it. Show it off! From basic normal sized sweatshirts to luxe glam styles with galaxy prints, animal prints, graphic or text prints, sequins,  patterns (or even all the above on the same sweatshirt) in oversize, tiny size or croppedThe Sweatshirt is no longer just a boring top. simpsons-sweatshirtssweatshirt (2)sweatshirtHow to style it? The most coveted look the sweatshirt is famous for this year, and will be a great style for spring, is the Sweatshirt & Skirt Look. Perfect for office, going out, meetings… basically any occasion as the sporty side of the sweatshirt is toned down by a skirt and hot heels. For a sexy look opt for a printed/graphic/busy sweatshirt with a leather pencil skirt and hot heels. Pile on accessories and don’t forget an oversized clutch.  An oversized sweatshirt tucked in a cool skirt or belted over a mini skirt would look so fashion forward in that weird edgy way. A tiny fitted sweatshirt looks amazing with any type of skirt. A jacket or blazer on top for crispy mornings and you’re ready to go.

Basic Sweatshirt & Skirt sweatshirt-looksweatshirt-dresssweatshirt-pleated-skirtolivia-palermo-sweatshirtsweatshirt-girlsweatshirtssweatshirt-skirt (2)sweatshirt-skirtsweatshirt-street-styleLuxe-Glam Sweatshirt & Skirt kenzo-sweatshirt-styleoversized-sweatshirt (2)sweatshirt-lace-skirtprint-sweatshirt-skirtsweatshirt-fashion-trendsweatshirt-sequined-skirtChic Sweatshirt Styles & Looks are easily donned by pairing the sporty top with trousers. Opt for a sloppy oversized sweatshirt (in a simple or super statement print) with skinny jeans, leggings, shorts and sneakers or high heels for a more sophisticated vibe. Or go the other way: fitted sweatshirt, boyfriend jeans and high heels. Now this is my fave look. It’s easy, simple to pull off and dress up or down depending on what you’re looking to get or where you might be going. And another look that I think is fantastic is keeping it all sporty – sweatshirt, jeans, sneakers, cap – but accessorizing it to get that urban glam hip-hop style.

Basic-simple Sweatshirts & Trousers/Shorts/Cut-offs/Leggings basic-woman-sweatshirt-styledsquared-sweatshirtfitted-sweatshirt-boyfriend-jeansslouchy-sweatshirt-leather-shortssweatshirts-revolve-clothingsweatshirt-leather-pantssweatshirt-pantssweatshirt-sporty-looksweatshirt-trendsweatshirt-trousersFunky Sweatshirts kenzo-sweater-street-styleluxe-glam-print-sweatshirtoversized-sweatshirtpatter-sweatshirtstreet-style-sweatshirt (2)sweatshirt-cut-offssweatshirt-trend (2)Dress-like-Sweatshirtsoversize-sweatshirt-lookoversize-sweatshirtoversized-sweatshirt-street-styleDepending on my mood I love both sweatshirt styles: luxe glam (packed with prints, sequins, graphics, patterns) & simple casual. In both oversize or fitted designs. The rule is balance your silhouette – if the sweatshirt is oversized keep the bottom side fitted and vice versa. Get creative (everything goes with everything) and pile on accessories for that luxe glam sporty style. Plus don’t shy away from what appears to not go with a sweatshirt: hot heels, red lips, feminine bags, statement clutches… The sky is the limit! What’s your fave Sweatshirt style or look? :)

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16 replies
  1. jennifer stewart says:

    oh sweaters if your like me and your guy has a dozen of them just wrap yourself up in one and sleep all day and watch reality t’v the best inertia for a bad day is to be one with your bad day see y’a and yes sweaters help

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  2. geelongfashionista says:

    I would never have thought that this look worked. But all those photos are amazing and it looks like a great look. I still dont know if I’d pull it off… You need to have something about you I think. But great post!

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    • Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) says:

      i know, sweatshirt, skirt and heels? it sounds horrible, but i so love the looks as well! So glad u enjoyed it, thanks :) xx

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  3. Mammu says:

    So many great looks in this post *-* I guess we just have to find the right one for us, I’m sure it has happened to all of us that we see a look, love it, then create it in real life and we look like we escaped from a clown camp or something :D

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    • Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) says:

      hahaha! u r so funny, and u know what u r right! but i guess practice makes perfect :)
      Have to say I love the luxe glam sweatshirt look! glad you enjoyed this post! Thanks :) xoxo

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  4. Alyssa Peacock says:

    I am addicted to sweatshirts, always have been. May be my penchant for graphic tees that make me love them. Either way, bravo to this post. Bravo!

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  5. caroline1t says:

    Okay I just have to say this. I think the sweatshirts are fun and they look fabulous on all those people in the pics and seeing them, of course I want them and then somehow in real life….i don’t know…..I guess you really have to pay attention to the cut and fit!

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    • Fashion Tag (Dana Cristina) says:

      haha! ur not really feeling them are you? i used to be confused by these weird styles, but this glam-luxe-sporty look grew on me eventually, and i love them now! thanks Caroline xx

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