The hoodie is among the most humble pieces out there. It enjoys serious prominence in wardrobes all over the world. It’s the ultimate grab-and-go piece — the garment you throw on when you’re headed out the door to run errands, your go-to when you’re dropping the kids off on a busy morning, the one item you love to curl up with when you’re lounging at home binge-watching your favorite show of the moment. In short, it’s epic women’s loungewear.
But there’s a tendency to associate the hoodie with sloppy fashion. It gets a bad rap — unfairly so, as it turns out, because there are so many cool and creative ways to make this look work for you without falling into the trap of unkempt dressing. The trick is really to put just a touch more energy into your outfit. That doesn’t mean you can’t rock your top with sweatpants and jeans. The beauty of the hoodie is, after all, its extreme versatility. It’s precisely that flexibility that makes it so fun to style in other ways, too. Here are some fashionable ideas.
Comfy hoodies are everything — except, well, they aren’t quite what one might describe as chic. They’re definitely practical and sensible and easy to wear, but no one would accuse the average hoodie of looking like something that just came off the runway. But the way that you style it could change that interpretation just a touch.
The key here is to layer it underneath something that’s considerably more fashionable. Slip a hoodie on beneath a sleek menswear-inspired blazer or a fitted trench coat. Bear in mind that since the hoodie has more volume, your outer layer should be sized just right to allow for that extra fabric. Throw on a pair of skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots to create a sleek and unexpectedly posh look. Make sure the hood peeks out to add a casual note to the mix.
Options, options, options — you’ve got so many of them where hoodies are concerned. Sure, your usual choice might be a pair of matching women’s sweatpants or the leggings that you swear by. Those are both awesome choices that will never steer you wrong when all you want is to be casual and comfortable. But you can still achieve both of those goals even by pairing your hoodie with something entirely different.
To channel a new look, you’ll need to step outside of your comfort zone and step into a fit-and-flare skirt, preferably one that’s on the slightly shorter side. The idea here is to create a look that balances the weight and warmth of the top with the light and playful vibe of the skirt. It’s a little punk-friendly, too, and you can add combat boots and a wide belt to bring it all together and transform your hoodie into the ultimate wear-with-anything piece.
“Sleek” is definitely the key word here. Take a peek at your favorite hoodie. It’s plush, blankety, cozy, and just about the only garment in the world that you’re totally happy to wear to the grocery store and to bed. That hyped-up warmth, though, means it’s also a heavier weight piece. So when you want to try something new that doesn’t veer into sloppy territory, consider a pair of corduroy pants in a streamlined silhouette.
The beauty of this option is that it’s equally warm, so if you’re wearing your hoodie strictly to ward off the chill, then you can bet your cords will do the exact same thing. But there’s a distinct advantage that they have over, say, that pair of jeans you swear by — they’re decidedly more polished and pulled together, so they’ll lend your outfit a more refined vibe. A pair of low-profile heels or wedge booties makes a great finishing touch for this casual-yet-thoughtful outfit.
In recent years, designers and celebrities have embraced the oversized trend to the fullest. You almost can’t turn anywhere without spotting a jumbo top or jacket that looks like something that came straight off the runway. The same can be said for your oversized hoodie, but giving it a little bit of an edge all depends on how you choose to style it. Sure, you could aim for matching sweatpants, but a pair of slender leggings or jeggings puts an updated spin on the look.
Try a pair of dressy knee-high or over-the-knee boots to give this look a little more of a powerful note. The silhouette of your hoodie, coupled with the dressiness of the footwear and the sleekness of your pants, contributes to a far more glammed up take on casual dressing. It could work in so many situations, from coffee with your friends to a low-key date night with someone special.
There are countless ways to make hoodies work for you — well beyond the obvious. Find solid and patterned styles that fit right into your wardrobe and that look perfect with everything from matching bottoms and jeans to skirts and jackets.