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One of the greatest comforts of life is undoubtedly a super-new, super-soft, cozy, fuzzy crewneck sweatshirt. It’s a little bit collegiate, a little bit post-workout, a little bit lounge-around-the-house amazingness. But think of the sweatshirt as another alternative this fall. And, yes, we dare you to even test out the waters by wearing one to a cocktail party—you might just be the coolest girl in the room. Here, five ways and five places to rock a crewneck sweatshirt now and forever.
1. The Office
The key to wearing the crewneck sweatshirt to the office is to pair it with something that feels quite corporate (i.e., to balance out the fact that you’re wearing a sweatshirt to work). Try 3.1 Phillip Lim cropped wide-leg trousers in military green paired with a sturdy shoe by Hogan. If you feel like jazzing up your look a bit more and taking it to the next level, add a belt and loosely tuck the front of the sweatshirt into your pants.
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2. Date Night
First and foremost, the key to wearing a sweatshirt on a date is to be cute, comfy, and flirty, so a sweatshirt perhaps on the slightly more fitted side is the better route. (You don’t want to look too comfortable, after all.) A great lingerie set is necessary underneath—Eberjey’s delicate stretch-lace balconette and brief make for the perfect underpinnings. Try a flirty little velvet miniskirt with frills, some dainty jewelry, a ballet flat by Zara, and you’re good to go together to the movies, drinks, and everywhere in between.
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3. The Workout (Pre-, During, and Post-)
The origin of a crewneck sweatshirt most likely is rooted in the workout—pre-, during, and post- (well, maybe not during if you’re really working up a sweat). And what’s more iconic than a classic Hanes in navy? Go for a matching bra and leggings in a putty tone by Live the Process, a two-tone yoga mat by Adidas by Stella McCartney, and running sneakers by Nike.
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4. The Cocktail Party
Now if you’re going to be so bold as to wear a sweatshirt to a cocktail party, do pair said sweatshirt with something fancy like a Stella McCartney gold and black metallic-paneled pleated crepe maxi skirt and thigh-high embossed velvet boots by Man Repeller. Little drop earrings could go a long way, and a petite black pouch, like a quilted one from Miu Miu, will do just the trick. All you need is a drink in your hand.
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5. The Weekend
And what’s better than a cozy crewneck on a weekend jaunt or errand? Pair with Rag Bone’s embellished cropped high-rise straight-leg jeans, The Row’s slippers, and MM6 Maison Margiela’s red mesh tote. You’ll be thankful you didn’t wear something fussy.