How to Wear a Sweatshirt and Still Look Stylish

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Not everyone can be Kanye West, but many of us have one thing in common with him: a love for sweatshirts. In fact, his passion for sweatshirts inspired his Yeezy 2 collection at New York Fashion Week. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Kanye offers an in-depth explanation about his sweatshirt-focused collection: “I was so happy to just show so many sweatshirts. It’s as simple as that. I think sweatshirts are the way of the future.”

He is, after all, right because when it really comes down to it, who doesn’t love a sweatshirt? It’s comfortable and warm, you can layer it, and it’s versatile enough to go with almost any outfit. Not sure how to pull off a sweatshirt and remain stylish? Here’s how you can rock one with Kanye-like confidence.

Go for grey

A grey sweatshirt is a classic go-to style. We suggest owning two grey sweatshirts: a form-fitting zip-up hoodie and a plain grey sweatshirt that fits well but is still loose and comfortable. “Go for a heavyweight cotton jersey version,” Simon Spiteri, who helped create the clothing store Anthem, said to Men’s Health. Grey is perfect because it matches most other color schemes. Ready to give it a shot? Try this Classic Crew Cut Sweatshirt from American Apparel.

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Layer it

The best way to wear the grey sweatshirt stylishly is to make sure that you wear it as a layered piece. Since we’re going for stylish here, you’re going to want to pair it with a clothing item that’s slightly more expensive. If you really want to up the ante, pair it with unexpected pieces — throw on a plaid or unbuttoned flannel over your sweatshirt, or pair it with chinos or dark rinse jeans for a more casual look. You can even be as bold as to upgrade your sweatshirt to wear to the office.

Don’t wear it underneath a blazer

Although it’s OK to play with the sweatshirt look, Details cautions against wearing it under a blazer. This is an ill advised look not only because it makes you seem like you don’t know what you’re doing, but it can come off as a bit childish looking. It’s always best to keep blazers and sweatshirts separate.

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