Sweatshirts tick all the boxes: basic, neutral, versatile, comfortable and practical. Plus, although people dismiss them as really casual, the designs here can look as smart as jumpers because of their simple slim cuts. I think guys look great wearing them with brogues and chinos; it’s casual, but slightly unexpected.
Stylist, Millie Rich
1. Dorito: The triangle under the neck was first meant to soak up extra sweat.
2. Raglan sleeves: These sleeves, which end at the collar instead of the shoulder, let you move more freely than normal sleeves do
3. Loopback: The loopy texture of the cotton on the inside or 'back' of the fabric.
4. Thickness: The thicker, the more classic.
When a high school football player in 1920s Alabama was tired of practicing in shrinking wool jumpers, his dad, who worked in an underwear factory, made him a cotton jumper—the first sweatshirt. It got its name when fellow factory workers saw the prototype after a game.
The most versatile sweatshirts are more fitted than they are baggy. This means:
Sleeve cuffs: Sit tight to the wrist
Arms: Are fairly fitted, with about two inches of extra fabric to pinch.
Bottom: Ends halfway down your trouser fly.
Do wear it in the most classic, casual ways possible: with a t-shirt and jeans, plus workboots or simple trainers like Converse.
Do try making it slightly smarter, too by wearing it over a shirt with jeans and brogues.
Don’t think you can wear the same sweatshirt to the gym and anywhere else. Get two: a smart one and one you can actually sweat in.
Throw your sweatshirt in a cold wash, and when you take it out stretch the body and arms lengthwise while it’s still wet; this will help maintain the sweatshirt's shape. Then let it air dry.
Cheaper sweatshirts' waistbands are often too tight, which makes them bunch and ride up. Look for a sweatshirt with a body that looks straight in an overhead photo; it'll be more flattering and comfortable than a more elasticated sweatshirt.
The beauty of a cotton sweatshirt is that it looks just as good with jeans as it does with shorts. In summer, throw one on over chino shorts and a t-shirt; in winter, layer a sweatshirt over a flannel shirt or long-sleeve t-shirt and wear with jeans or chinos and a wool coat.
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