What is a sweatshirt? A sweatshirt is a relaxed fit pullover made of heavy fabrics like wool, cotton jersey or synthetic fibers. A variation of a sweater, a sweatshirt is intended for casual and sports wear. Though it is an exclusively casual attire, it can be styled in several glamorous ways.
Sweatshirts are not new to the world of fashion. Yesteryear Hollywood fashion icons loved them and so do we! Be it the elegant Audrey Hepburn, the sexy Brigitte Bardot, the charming Elizabeth Taylor or the stunning Jane Fonda, they have all cosied up to a sweatshirt! And we are sure, if you haven’t already, you will too. Take inspiration from Rihanna to begin with!
Photograph: Audrey Hepburn
Sweater versus sweatshirt: A sweatshirt is arguably a type of sweater but made of heavy fabric like sweatshirt fleece. It usually has a fluffy nap on the inside of the garment which traps heat and keeps the wearer warm.
A variation of a sweatshirt is called a hoodie which, as the name says, comes with a hood and drawstring to adjust the hood. This type of sweatshirt may or may not be front open. The front open ones usually come with a zipper.
On the other hand, a sweater is a knitted garment worn as a pullover. Usually, if the yarn is thick enough, one can easily see the knit pattern on a sweater.
Photograph: Deepika Padukone
Heading to the gym? Since tees don’t work in winters, wear a warmer sweatshirt like Deepika. Tie your hair up and wear no or little makeup. Accessorize with shades when stepping out in the sun. Please don’t add jewellery, it will only make you look clumsy.
Style it like Rihanna! Rihanna is undoubtedly madly in love with the comfort and style quotient of this super popular separate and is often seen wearing one in a brand new avatar. Let's see how!
Opt for a cropped printed sweatshirt if you have a well toned midriff to flaunt. Team it with matching trackpants like Rihanna or with a high-waisted circle skirt to add some vintage glamour to your look.
A baseball cap, hair tied in a pony, boots with laces left untied and a distressed pair of jeans, add your rugged sweatshirt to this look and its your day to be a tomboy.
Believe it or not, a sweatshirt can glam up your evening out, you just have to wear it the right way. In this case, make sure every other element in your ensemble screams feminine.
Photograph: (L-R) Katrina Kaif; Kareena Kapoor
Wear it to a party: You must make note of the following- a sweatshirt can never (we'll say it again “never”) and never ever in any way be part of a formal attire. No matter how clean the cut and how fine the finish, at the end of the day it is a sweatshirt, the name says it all!
Yes, you could wear it to a party with friends by wearing a jazzed up sweatshirt with tapered pants like Katrina. You could also wear it with cropped pants for an afternoon event but you CANNOT wear it on the red carpet! It’s not even an option. And why would you want to?
Travel in style in sweatshirts like Kareena: Pair it up with skinny leggings or trousers and slip into comfy flats. Or you can wear a sweatshirt with flimsy lounge pants. If today is your “I don’t give a damn” day, wear a cap!
How do you pair your sweatshirt? Tell us in the comments section below.