In the fashion world, we know that everything changes at a very fast pace. While some things are new and innovative, other things are recycled, reused, and have new life breathed into them. Sweatshirts are one of those things. People say that the button down shirt is a true timeless classic, but it seems sweatshirts have been making their stamps on fashion for decades.
We recently came across this article: The Rise of the Fashion Sweatshirt – BoF – The Business of Fashion. What was once a staple of tourists and lazy afternoons has now become a fashionable piece of clothing. Not just for casual wear either. From the schoolyard, to pro athletes, to red carpet glamor; sweatshirts have made their stamp on fashion. Usually, they are perceived as a dull garment that you only use when you’re out running errands, or coming home from the gym, or when you have the flu. But it seems like everyone is treating like a dirty little secret; it can be worn comfortably, it can be edgy, it can be… sexy.
Fashion trends (even the high end stuff) has taken hints from the humble garment, particularly the hood. Why? Well, a sweatshirt, sweater, or hoodie (whatever you prefer to call it) is something completely practical, incredibly comfortable, and very customizable. We’re glad that it’s a fashion trend that works for a lot of styles and doesn’t compromise comfort. Here’s some examples of what the sweatshirt has become.
Plain or Plain With Print
This is by far the most common sweatshirt type. From company logos, to sport teams, to pretty patterns; a plain sweatshirt with a printed graphic is easily customizable to anyone. Find a blank one and it can be turned into anything you’d like with a simple graphic print. These days, they’re easily paired with shorts during the warmer and colder months. Throw on the right accessories and a sweater instantly becomes more fashionable.
The girl-next-door look can easily become enticingly edgy. The magic happens with one or two things: the bulkiness of the hood and collar actually frame the head and body quite nicely, or if the style is played to show some skin (usually the shoulders), the look becomes tastefully sultry.
A Leather Jacket Soul Mate
This picture of Star Trek actor Chris Pines shows a favorite trend: a leather jacket over a plain sweatshirt. It’s casual and versatile without being too relaxed. It’s a look that both men and women can use, but can bepersonalized to no end. Some things are just meant to go together. The look won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and we’re pretty happy about it.
The Hooded Dress
Vanessa Hudgens and Karolina Kurkova are wearing a Green Sequin Hooded Wrap Dress by Diane von Furstenberg. Sweaters with hoods are a staple of lounge wear and all things cozy, but every few years the fashion world is graced with some form of a hooded dress (a real dress, not a Halloween costume!). It has a similar vibe to the vintage style of headscarves, but with a more futuristic appeal. Who would have thought that a hood would make something seem vintage and futuristic at the same time? Casual or glamorous, people seem to love hoods.
Whatever your style is, long live the sweatshirt!