Trend We Like: Sweatshirts

May 1, 2013

Daily Digest

Trend We Like: Sweatshirts


Above: A selection of sweatshirts from Topshop and Sandro at Brown Thomas, accompanied by SS13 campaign images from high street leaders Penneys, River Island and Topshop

Following on from the runaway success that has been sports luxe as a trend in previous seasons, it was only natural that the sweatshirt would undergo a re-haul in some form or another. As the name suggests, this particular item of clothing usually resides in a gym bag. However, in the spirit of high-low trends (what we at What She Wears like to think of as the pairing of styles so unsuitable yet so perfect together) the sweatshirt is now a must-have item for any occasion.

As is natural, some will question this item – “What is the difference between a jumper and a sweatshirt? Essentially the essence of sports tailoring, in that the piece you are wearing right now could also double as one half of your gym gear. Treading the line between sports-elite and catwalk-to-high street, this season’s sweatshirt is a style that meets in the middle.

Accessories are key, as is the way the sweatshirt itself is worn. Fitted defeats the overall comfort factor, but also does away with the sense of ease that is needed to pull it off. Oversized and slouchy with sleeves casually rolled up is the way to go.

With round high necks, sweatshirts are great for statement chains and bibs. Available in neoprene, mesh, marl and fleecy cotton; it’s likely a basic grey marl sweatshirt exists in your wardrobe in some form or another. Grey – being the colour synonymous with sweatshirts – is a classic. Embellished sweatshirts in block colours are fantastic for playing with proportions, meaning that ladies of all shapes and sizes can find a style to suit them. As is the cardinal rule, always go for fitted on bottom when donning oversized up top, whether that be in the form of this season’s pencil skirts or boyfriend jeans.

A sweatshirt will constitute part of an overall ‘look’. Never a piece that will define an outfit, styling is necessary on this occasion.

Die-hards for this particular look, we have put together the looks we’ll be working with our sweatshirts throughout the summer below:

Our Look of Choice for office hours, subtle details surrounding one key piece – this standout gold chain – combine to give a classic grey marl version the ‘oomph’ it needs.

L-R: Snapped by Stockholm Streetstyle, gold textured chain by Ben Amun at Loulerie €369, Penney’s grey marl sweatshirt €14, oversized faux leather and acetate clutch by Stella McCartney at Net-a-Porter €940, snakeskin print jean by The Kooples at Brown Thomas €145 & grey mesh trainers from River Island €45

Sweatshirts in glamorous fabrics ensure a nighttime look is achievable when teamed with the right accessories. Combining trends for this look, the below sheer version tones down the overt fashion-forward edge of white block heels and slouchy pants.

L-R: Topshop woven sheer sweat top €49, digi-print shorts by Sandro at Brown Thomas €155, Crazy Paris sweatshirt by Three Floor at ASOS €130, hand-cut crystal drop earrings by Deepa Gurnani at Loulerie €119, silver and white jogging bottoms by Sandro at Brown Thomas €185 & Kurt Geiger ‘Ella’ block heel in silver €270

Availability: All of the above items are currently available in-stores and online. Three Floor is stocked on ASOS and can also be shopped from their website here.

Which look is your favourite?

– Meghan Costelloe

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