How To Wear A Sweatshirt
1. Classic Grey Marl
The most commonly made, frequently bought and easily worn style of sweatshirt, this is one of the evergreen basics of a man’s wardrobe, like selvedge denim and white sneakers.
In fact, pair one with exactly those items for what is perhaps the single easiest way to look like you’ve made an effort. Not bad for a piece that moonlights as lazy loungewear.
2. Big Logos
The sweatshirt gained mass appeal when university sports teams began using it as a way for people to wear their allegiance proudly on their chest.
Today, designers are doing the same thing.
Pick a side: you can either go for a loud streetwear look and plaster your labels all over Instagram, or use your branded sweat as the single loudmouth in an otherwise quiet outfit.
3. Short Sleeve Sweatshirts
Short-sleeved sweatshirts fall into one of two camps. They’re either sporty in an 80s kind of way or a little oversized, with wide, Kimono-style sleeves for those who like the Japanese street style look.
Aside from baring your forearms, they’re the same as the other styles on this list, most often made in a cotton-jersey fabric. Yeezy had it right styling these in neutral, tonal looks.
4. Colour Pop
Health warning: if all you typically wear is navy, grey and black introducing a flash of colour to your wardrobe can lead to involuntary shortness of breath.
The sweatshirt is your sartorial brown paper bag. As an easy mid-layer that you can half-hide under a jacket, it’s an easy way to experiment with trending pastels or primary colours.
And if loud tones don’t make you nervous in the first place, just lose the jacket and brighten up every room you walk into.
The sweatshirt went from sportswear to casual dress on the campuses of Ivy League universities around the middle of the 20th century.
Every loud and proud logo in fashion can be traced back to this period, when designers realised that a sweatshirt could turn its wearer into a walking advertisement.
Enrol in the style with contemporary preppy brands like Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch.
6. Motif & Embroidery
Like big logos and and college affiliations, printed or embroidered motifs are a head-turning embellishment that turns a sweatshirt from a background player to your outfit’s main attraction.
Playful or provocative, you can match the design to your personality or quietly reveal your brand affiliations (Kenzo’s tiger or Coach’s cartoon T-Rex). A deliberately big look, these play nicest with neutrals.
7. Throwback Sportswear
Only a particular kind of masochist would wear one for the average burpee workout these days, but the sweatshirt is still closely associated with fitness.
Like retro sneakers, these styles acknowledge the bona fide fashion heritage to be found in sportswear: Russell Athletic and Champion have the longest history, but you can also nod to 80s or 90s trends with styles that respin designs from those decades.