How to Style a Sweatshirt for Everyday Wear

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If there’s one hero piece in your closet that can come in handy on lazy days, it’s a sweatshirt. I feel like sweatshirts get a bad rap because they’re seen as too casual to wear on a day to day basis. However, I hope this post proves that you can rock a sweatshirt and still look put together.

One main tip is to be selective about the sweatshirt you’re working with. The type of sweatshirt, the material, and the color will ultimately dictate how polished your outfit looks. Quality matters, so start with a sweatshirt that’s well made and that fits you properly (don’t go with anything that’s too baggy.)

Here, I’m sharing tips on how to style a sweatshirt. Whether you want to stay cozy all day or you just need some go-to outfits to throw on during busy mornings, these are fool-proof options.

How to Style a Sweatshirt

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Sweatshirt + Wide Leg Jeans + Flats

sweatshirt outfit with wide leg jeans, a belt, and woven ballet flats

I’ve mentioned this before but if you want a sweatshirt that looks high-end, go with something that’s navy blue. There’s just something about navy that looks so elevated and fresh, and this sweatshirt proves it.

While it has a relaxed silhouette, it also has little details, like a plunging v-neck and ribbed pocket, that make it look more like a proper top. It’s made with silky-soft fabric and is a pullover style.

For an easy, everyday look, pair it with some wide leg jeans or cargo pants. I have been wearing this pair on repeat lately and think they’re the perfect bottoms to wear as we head into the spring.

When it comes to shoes, anything goes, but I opted for these woven ballet flats. The navy and rich tan color combo looks so chic!

Sweatshirt + White Pants + Sneakers

cream colored sweatshirt with white pants and white sneakers

Another option that looks really rich? A beige or cream colored sweatshirt with a pair of white pants.

This pullover has side zippers, adding a special touch and some visual interest to the look. I also love the crewneck fit and thumbhole cuffs.

To recreate this outfit, simply add any pair of white pants you already have at home. If you need a recommendation, I think this pair is really flattering and like that they have a wide-leg fit and a raw hem.

You could also wear any white sneakers but these court shoes have been really popular lately (grab your size before they sell out!)

Add some dainty gold jewelry, like these hoop earrings or this bracelet, as the finishing touch.

Sweatshirt + Jeans + Loafers

gray pullover sweatshirt with a pair of jeans and metallic loafers

This look is super simple, but that’s what makes it such a good go-to. I love styling an outfit with metallic flats because they basically become the star of the show, which means everything else can be a basic and you’ll still look styled and ready to go.

These flats have been surprisingly comfortable to wear (even when I’m on my feet a lot) and they go with so many closet staples.

For my sweatshirt, I went with this crew pocket find. It has exposed seam details and is made with washed French terry fabric (which is such a cozy luxury.) I’m a fan of neutrals, so I went with gray, but it also comes in a pretty pink color that would look cute with jeans or white pants.

Throw on your favorite pair of jeans as your bottom choice, or if you want to go with a really relaxed look, ponte leggings would also work.

I hope this post helps you understand that dressing up a sweatshirt really isn’t as hard as it might seem. It’s all about choosing bottoms and shoes that complement the look while leveling things up a bit. Plus, if you start with a sweatshirt that’s well-made, it will be a lot easier to achieve a pretty look. Oftentimes, a sweatshirt without a hood will look more luxe.

Also, don’t underestimate the impact that accessories can make. Whether you add jewelry, a handbag, or a headband, the little details can give things a more “styled” feel.

Best Sweatshirts for Women

Looking for a sweatshirt that’s easy to style with a variety of pieces? I rounded up some pretty picks that all have a timeless look and feel. Any of these would make a great closet addition, regardless of the season.

Let me know if you have any other tips on how to style a sweatshirt in the comment section below!

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