I wore a sweatshirt to work

My forever go-to when I need to be extremely comfy or plan to lay around all day is a sweatshirt.  It’s the ultimate in comfort, like a hug from an old friend.  I’ve been seeing some super cute sweatshirts on the street recently, and I realized that if I want to wear a sweatshirt in public and not look lazy, I’d have to upgrade from my old, oversized college hoodies by trading in for something a bit more put together.

I was looking for something fun and more fitted that has potential to be a bit fancy.  What I didn’t want was something with a hood, associations to a sports team or that was overly baggy.  I found a sweatshirt that met all of these criteria while waiting in line with a handful of soon-to-be purchases at J. Crew. It was how the sweatshirt was styled that caught my eye and pulled me out of line.  It was layered with a buffalo plaid button down and a statement necklace, showing its fancy potential.  Without trying it on, I picked one up and headed back to the register.  It may have been an impulse purchase, but I’m very happy with my decision.  

The French color names printed boldly make the pairing possibilities endless.  There are so many opportunities with items I already have in my closet, which is always a win.  For a work look on a freezing day, I layered a “rose,”(pink) and, “bleu,” (blue) plaid button down under the sweatshirt.  This made my outfit feel a bit more put together, not to mention warmer.  On the bottom I chose my girlfriend jeans and my, “vert,” (green) suede booties.  These booties can level-up any outfit and are one of my favorite pair of shoes to pair with outfits casual to fancy.  I easily managed to hit three of the five French color words without feeling too matchy.  I really loved how this outfit came out and felt wonderful all day.  

The best part about a sweatshirt is that it still fulfills those lazy day, ultra comfort needs.  Over the weekend I threw it on for a quick trip to the mall.  This time around I paired it with my “rouge” (red) cashmere scarf, skinny jeans and my “noir” (black) Nike Dunk Sky Hi sneakers.  This was a super easy outfit; it came together quickly, was easy to take on and off in changing rooms and walkable for my shopping cardio.  

I’m keeping a list of additional ways to accessorize a sweatshirt and will be waiting patiently for the weather to warm up to try these out.

  1. Add a statement necklace
  2. Pair with heels or sandals
  3. Try a skirt.  Full or pencil
  4. Top with a jacket.  Leather or jean

Given the versatility and the matchability of this sweatshirt, expect to see it many times in the future.   You can’t go wrong with something that epitomizes comfort and can also appear put together.  Everyone deserves both of these things in an item of clothing.  You can shop the same sweatshirt here.  

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