The best way to dress down a more formal skirt or trousers?
Sweatshirt. These have come a long way in the past couple of years. I will admit to eschewing these in favour of knits this A/W, but it only takes one gem to have me back in the room. Somehow, these also seem lighter than their knit sister. Is there something more Spring about them perhaps? If we're looking for a justification, this seems as good a one as any.
This season, I'm not looking at the print or logo sweat - for me, that is now jumper territory. I am talking plain. With maybe a little bit something different. Something that elevates it from a Fruit of the Loom job to something you could wear to work. But fling on at the weekend with jeans. Or even wear out with a pleated skirt (I am obsessed at the moment with a certain skirt I own) or something shiny on the bottom (this may also be something I have up my sleeve). They're not the new top on the block by any stretch of the imagination but there are some new ones out there that it's definitely worth having a look at.
Especially as there are reinventions of the classic every season and this Spring is no exception.
And the best thing - they're not expensive. Well. They can be. But they really needn't be.
Proof is in the pudding though and this is the one that I've got.
Now. It's supposed to be oversized. I didn't want it oversized - I wanted to wear it with skirts so that it would sit on my waist. Which meant I got an 8. The fabric of this is virtually identical to the Wildfox brushed cotton fabric (basically it's ever so slightly furry) for a fraction of the price.
Topshop Brushed Batwing Sweatshirt £24 in pink. It's a very very pale blush. And a nude blush as opposed to a pinky blush, if that makes sense (pics of me in it below which hopefully are slightly better!).
Boxy Sweatshirt in Red £39
In the Stone again at Topshop (same as the pink above but a different shade - as similar as it looks!) £24 As you can see from my pic below, I have a much smaller version.
A grey version which is only £22.
And then there are greys. These are set to be your staple top this Spring as they are simply neutral. With a twist.
Puffed Sleeves Sweatshirt from Mango £29.99
Tie Sleeve Blouson Sweat Top from Topshop £36
Sleeve detail again at & Other Stories - of the puff variety £45 (EARRING KLAXON..)
Bidder Forever Zip Detail Sweatshirt from Finery London £55
Grey velour at & Other Stories £45
Other classic neutrals that would be great for Spring - good old navy.
Bidder Zip Detail Sweatshirt from Finery London £55
Super plain khaki at & Other Stories £39
Back to pink at Mango. I love these sleeves so so so much. With black or good old denim. I would happily wear this with a kick ass pair of heels and jeans for an evening out.
Ruffled Sleeves Sweatshirt £29.99
Super useful white. Love this. If you click on the link, you can see it has an asymmetric hem which is lower at the back. This would work perfectly with harems (these white ones look like they're worth exploring in fact), with wide leg cropped trews, with pleated skirts. Just adore. Layer now with a thin polo neck.
Oversize Cotton Sweatshirt from Mango £25.99
And finishing with black. My beloved black.
The cut of this looks so interesting. From Mango's new collection.
Organic Cotton sweatshirt £29.99
More puff on the sleeves in black again at & Other Stories £45
Here I am in my pink brushed cotton Topshop one.
Brushed cotton sweatshirt in pink - Topshop
Pleated skirt in pink - M&S
Tan suede biker - hush
Black Susanna boots - Chloe
Jodie bag - Chloe
And just like that, it's the weekend. Which is perfect sweatshirt time. Tomorrow morning, I am taking the 12yr old and her best friend to see La La Land. I am not going to lie - I don't want to see it. I KNOW I KNOW. Frankly I think it looks horrific (and yes - before anyone mentions it, Dance Moms is my tv porn so yes, I am just plain weird and have exceptionally bad taste). But I am so looking forward to spending time with her as she is beside herself with excitement. I shall attempt to keep an open mind... (please, please tell me I'm not the only one who think it looks appalling. From what I can gather, you either love it or hate it. I am hoping to be super surprised...). I will keep you informed!
But in the meantime - talk me through your thoughts on sweatshirts. Avid fan or dyed in the wool jumper devotee? Have I persuaded you at all? I probably should have mentioned they're rather amazing for layering. Oops. They are. There you go.