There’s a vibe permeating the fashion world right now that might be best (but maybe not as eloquently) described as cozy as hell, yet effortlessly put together. And the key to nailing the trend is seeing pieces once thought of as strictly reserved for lazy days — like a sweatshirt — instead as versatile wardrobe staples. That’s much easier to do when you’re starting with a primed canvas. Think: a graphic, embellished or embroidered piece verses the plain casual classic. With an upgrade as simple as that, you’ll be rewiring your style sense in no time (Ohh, *of course* I should pass up that blouse for the prize of my gym bag! will be the new knee jerk, we promise). We’ve made a style resolution to get the most out of our wardrobes in 2015, so below we’re showing you three ways to make a statement sweatshirt ($40) feel fully refined. Scroll through to see how we’d wear the pullover to the office, on a night out and on a lazy weekend.
Treat your sweatshirt as a piece that can be layered upon — this season’s long tailored vests are a great way to instantly dress it up for your big team meeting. Go one step further by belting your sweatshirt at the waist, a trick that on this and other roomy versions will create a more intentional shape, ruling out any possibility of it looking sloppy when it’s your time to present. Keep the rest of your look classy with palazzo trousers (bonus points if they match your vest) and of-the-moment accessories like ear jackets and heeled mules. Add a pop of color with your tote and a cocktail ring.
Zara Embroidered Sweatshirt ($40) + John Lewis Jigsaw Leather Skinny Waist Belt ($60), Mango Palazzo Trousers ($60), Zara Long Tailored Waistcoat ($100), ASOS Blush Swing Earrings ($11), Need Supply Dual Ring ($22), Matt & Nat Baxter Bag ($135), Theory Isabela Heel in Ayanna ($325)
Since you’re going full-on cozy girl on top, keep the rest of your going-out look feminine and airy. Tuck the front of your knit into a lacy skirt — one in a bright color is sure to turn heads, even in a dark cocktail bar — and scrunch up the sleeves on a lightweight duster coat for a flirtier feel. You can’t not pair heels with a pencil skirt, so go for a sportier pair of chunky slingbacks that will make bar hopping much more enjoyable. Finish the look with playful accessories like a contrast colored clutch and quirky metallic jewels.
Zara Embroidered Sweatshirt ($40) + H&M Lace Skirt ($35), Topshop Neat Tailored Coat ($170), Ted Baker Sachie Crystaon Square Stud Earrings ($54), Kate Spade Sweetheart Scallops Bangle ($38), BAGGU Medium Leather Zip Pouch ($40), Forever 21 Leather Peep Toe Slingbacks ($35)
Embrace the casual vibe of your statement sweatshirt by pairing it with other equally amped-up versions of weekend staples — a move that’s quite possibly the coziest way to look chic ever. Lightweight denim joggers and a leather-sleeved varsity-style jacket are begging to be paired together, and the same goes for heeled sneakers, especially if they come in a springy pastel hue. Round out the sporty look with luxe accessories like a beaded hair tie (that hair better be in a sleek low bun), a pair of tinted aviators and a baby soft leather tote.
Zara Embroidered Sweatshirt ($40) + GAP 1969 Tencel Denim Joggers ($60), Madewell Leather Sleeve Tournament Jacket ($198), Maya’s Marble Ponytail Holder ($8), Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses ($170), Target Women’s Genuine Leather Slouchy Tote Handbag ($100), Shellys London Funcluo Platform Sneaker ($80)
What pieces in your closet deserve more attention, but stump your style game? Tell us about your trickiest wear-again garments in the comments below and we might feature them in our next Style Resolutions post!