9 Stylish Ways to Dress Up a Sweatshirt

You know that feeling after a long day of work? When you slip off your heels, pull on your favorite sweatshirt and sink into the couch? Well, what if you could feel like that all the time and look fabulous while you’re doing it? Here, nine super-chic ways to rock a cotton crewneck in the daylight. 

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With A Blazer, White Tee And Jeans

Yes, you can wear a sweatshirt to work. Keep it business casual with a knit top underneath (the ultimate button-down illusion) and polished blazer on top... It’s sorta like your pullover sweater but with a little edge. 

Get the look: Loft blazer ($128); L.L.Bean sweatshirt ($40); Mossimo T-shirt ($15); Paige jeans ($199)

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With A Duster Coat, Button-down, Leggings And Sneakers

Layering 101: Draping a duster coat over a graphic crewneck and button-down equals total badass. Plus, a longer shirt underneath means you can totally get away with the whole “leggings-as-pants” look

Get the look: Lauren Ralph Lauren coat ($220); Zumiez sweatshirt ($68); Madewell shirt ($75); BP leggings ($24)

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With Skinny Jeans And Heels

Who said sweatshirts can’t be sexy? A pastel hue—paired with heeled slingbacks and your favorite denim—says you’re sorta trying but also totally playing it cool.

Get the look: Todd Snyder x Champion sweatshirt ($128); Frame jeans ($239); Jeffrey Campbell heels ($135)

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With A Leather Skirt And Tights

Play up your graphic sweatshirt with a miniskirt and heels for a girls'-night-out ensemble that's both comfy and stylish. Just be sure to keep colors and patterns to a minimum to avoid looking a little too hokey.

Get the look: Kenzo sweatshirt ($270); Topshop skirt ($55)

With Leather Leggings And High-tops

Reminder: Bookmark for your next airport rendezvous. Balance a baggy sweatshirt on top with leather skinnies down below to keep from skewing too “snowman.” 

Get the look: Adidas sweatshirt ($55); Free People leggings ($74); Sorel shoes ($97)

With A Midi Skirt, Chunky Heels And A Clutch

For dressier occasions, tuck your topper into a pleated skirt. Then, rolled sleeves, a fold-over clutch and lace-up heels are the finishing touches to your Sunday-brunch ensemble. 

Get the look: Hanes sweatshirt ($9); ASOS skirt ($46); See by Chloe shoes ($355)

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With White Denim And Black Heels

Elevate any crewneck by keeping things simple and elegant on bottom. We love the contrast of a pair of white skinnies and matte-black heels.

Get the look: H&M sweatshirt ($30); Vince Camuto jeans ($69); M.Gemi shoes ($248)

With A Pencil Skirt And Heels

Not all sweatshirts are created equal, however. Velvet or sequin embellishments mean you can really kick things up a notch. Try balancing out a bulkier number with a fitted pencil skirt for the ultimate office-to-happy-hour uniform. 

Get the look: Nation LTD sweatshirt ($118); Diane von Furstenberg skirt ($248); Hayden Lasher purse ($1,500)

With Dark Jeans And Slide Loafers

Regardless of whether it’s a food baby or—ya know—a real baby, pair your crewneck with dark denim and your most comfortable flat mules to channel all the loungey vibes. Oh, and rejoice in the fact that you could (and should!) rock a sweatshirt for the rest of your life...and look damn good doing it. 

Get the look: Pam & Gela sweatshirt ($185); AG maternity jeans ($215); Gucci shoes ($695)


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