When it comes to off-duty dressing, denim reigns supreme, but there’s another streetwear staple that brings just as much versatility to the table: the hoodie. The just-chillin’ essential is about as laid-back as it gets, earning itself a place of prestige among your most treasured weekend threads. For all of its merits, this athleisure alternative to fall’s chicest sweaters has a rep for looking, well, less than sophisticated, which just might be why it emerges only for Saturday Netflix marathons and stints at the gym. But street-style stars and Instababes everywhere are flipping the script on these understated toppers, styling them alongside the biggest fall trends — daytime metallics, velvet and embroidered ankle boots — for a sartorial result that reads chic. Comfort and cool factor? We’ll take it. Below, we’re showing you four fashion-forward ways to wear your new favorite fall layering piece.



Upcoming GNO? Take your hoodie along for the ride. Ditch your standard cotton cover-up in favor of a burgundy velvet number that was practically made for breaking it down on the dance floor. Amp up the after-dark edge with a metallic mini skirt and sleek gold choker, then round out the getup with a star-studded minaudiere that boasts plenty of room for all the essentials — phone, keys, lipstick, cash.

Zara Hooded Velvet Top ($50) + Topshop Star Metallic Zip Skirt ($210), Aldo Sully Floral Block Heeled Ankle Boots ($140), Zara Decorative Minaudiere ($40), Marc Jacobs Icon Choker Necklace ($225)



Off-the-clock is your hoodie’s home turf, but instead of doing the expected joggers-and-sneakers thing, dress it up with a few luxe extras. For the ultimate mix of up- and downtown cool, pop an oversized sweat over a pair of embroidered denim, then proceed to pair with a faux fur coat that’s glamazon approved. Stun at Sunday morning brunch or an afternoon hang sesh by rounding out the look with embellished jacquard pumps and statement cat-eye sunnies. Swoon.

H&M Oversized Hooded Sweatshirt ($30) + Topshop Moto Blue Embroidered Straight Leg Jeans ($85), Zara Short Faux Fur Jacket ($149), ASOS Saloon Embellished Heels ($73), & Other Stories Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses ($85)



Play the layering game to give your go-to sweatshirt a whole new look. Grab a cropped metallic-trimmed hoodie and slip it under a black culotte jumpsuit with ready-for-anything appeal. Snoozy black flats are totally out of the question — life’s too short — but these leopard print stunners? So much YAS. When the temps take a dip (gotta love those crisp fall nights), toss on a bright bomber jacket that’s nothing short on panache.

Topshop Logo Sleeve Cropped Hoodie by Ivy Park ($65) + Zara Cropped Dungarees ($50), Farylrobin Rachel Oxfords ($138), H&M Oversized Cotton Bomber Jacket ($349), Nasty Gal Hall of Fame Studded Crossbody Bag ($48)


While you may not be able to slip a hoodie under the nose of HR in a more conservative corporate setting, it’s totally fair game for more laid-back work spaces. Keep your look feeling professional by sandwiching it between tailored trousers and an elegant black blazer (opt for a more fitted hoodie to make it work). Structural separates and sleek ankle boots balance out the casual feel of the go-with-the-flow top, while high-octane earrings add a punch of personality to the look.


Zara Hooded Sweatshirt ($40) + Karl Lagerfeld Rachna Satin-Trimmed Cotton-Blend Blazer ($218), Warehouse Daisy Jacquard Trouser ($87), Kendall + Kylie Logan Slip-On Leather Ankle Boots ($190), J.Crew Fiery Crystal Earrings ($38)

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