One of the perks of moving back in with my parents was reuniting with my hooded sweatshirt collection, including
- the one from that time I (briefly) joined my high school track team
- the one from Sydney University, where I took a class during my study abroad semester
onetwo embroidered with printed fabric letters from my sorority days at Boston University
I was eager to reintroduce my hoodies into my daily wardrobe; they were comfortable, warm, and…did I already say comfortable? However, I quickly realized that wearing them as a 34-year-old mother of two just made me feel frumpy, even on those days when I never left the house.
Luckily, I found a compromise: grown-up sweatshirts that straddle the fashion line between sporty and sophisticated.
I was wearing one while on a video call with Jeran and Sarah last week, although I had to laugh when Sarah appeared on my monitor looking lovely in a vintage-inspired polka dot dress. By comparison, what they could see of my grey sweatshirt in the monitor must have seemed underwhelming.
“But wait!” I exclaimed, angling the camera at my waist. “It has side zippers!”
Based on personal experience — and the photos above — I say it’s totally possible to look chic in a sweatshirt. The trick is to find one that’s simple in design (I prefer mine slouchy yet slim-fitting) with one eye-catching detail. A twist of fabric, contrasting trim, or bold typography would do the trick.
Here are few current favorites:
- Faded tunic sweatshirt from GAP
- Knot sweatshirt from ASOS (Sadly, this particular sweatshirt is out of stock, but I found this almost identical alternative that I might even like better.)
- Bien Fait sweatshirt from Madewell
- Stripe-trim sweatshirt from J.Crew
- Crew sweatshirt from Everlane
- Alexa Chung for AG sweatshirt from Nordstrom
Would you dare to wear a sweatshirt out of the house? Or do they fall strictly under the category of gym/lounge clothing?
PS – For more fashion inspiration, follow my style board on Pinterest!