The Sweatshirt Style Rules

The humble sweatshirt, a thing of comfort but not necessarily style you may think.  Well think again, for the fashion gods are handing easy-style to us on a plate this season.  This may be the same basic crew neck jumper that conjures up images of Fruit of the Loom sweats back in the day but it’s how you wear it that makes all the difference in the 2010′s.

To keep you on the right track here are the 10 rules of sweatshirt style to dress by:

The rules

  1. Pushing up the sleeves = instant fash-factor.

  2. Embellish, embellish, embellish.  One should never need an excuse to bling-it-up.

  3. Use a dark neutral (black, grey or navy) to make colours pop.

  4. Opt for long, lean lines with your outerwear for a smarter vibe.

  5. Try tucking a sweatshirt in to a full skater skirt.

  6. Dress down a leather or sequin pencil skirt with a neutral sweatshirt.

  7. Layer a longer top in a lighter fabric underneath to draw attention away from your tum if it’s an area you’re conscious of.

  8. If you’re petite team a short jacket with your sweatshirt to keep in proportion.

  9. Want to wear your sweatshirt with trainers?  Be sure to add print, sparkle or luxe textures into the mix.

  10. And finally, don’t wear with tracksuit bottoms unless you’re at the gym! It’s about taking sportswear up a stylish notch for day-wear, not slumming it.

Outfit inspiration

To get you inspired and illustrate some of these rules I’ve put together 6 outfits with H&M’s basic sweatshirt in black, blue and pale pink.

Embellish

Sweatshirt style
All H&M

Tuck-in and tone down leather with a neutral

Sweatshirt style

All H&M

 Layer to distract the eye

Sweatshirt styleAll H&M

Dark neutral + block colour

Sweatshirt style

All H&M

Add print and luxe textures

Sweatshirt style

All H&M

Add a shorter jacket

Sweatshirt styleAll H&M

H&M’s plain sweatshirts are £7.99, quite a bargain as it is, but using the catalogue order section online here and one of the codes below you can bag a bargain half price sweatshirt for just £3.99*.

HM.com sweatshirts | cocomamastyle

Black 62-6331 / Blue 62-6344 / Pink 62-6355

*Max. 1 Sweatshirt per customer at £3.99.  Normal price £7.99. Offer valid until 28.2.14 or while stocks last at hm.com only.  Minimum order value of £6 applies, so you can buy something to accessorize your new sweatshirt with!

Does your wardrobe feature sweatshirts?  How do you style yours?
For me it has to be the black sweatshirt, brocade coat and leopard courts thrown on for a mummy lunch.

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