Ever since Jennifer Beals wore a cutoff grey sweatshirt in the 1983 film Flashdance, the grey sweatshirt has been a mainstay on the fashion map.
Season after season, designers make them, fashion editors wear them and bloggers covet them. Ahhhh the basic grey sweatshirt is a sartorial staple for good reason; it adapts to one's style and affords the lucky wearer that "downtown cool" so many of us seek.
But that's only if you wear it right.
You CANNOT wear the grey sweatshirt with messy hair, a face devoid of makeup, dirty running sneakers and sweatpants. That, my dear, is the easiest way to look like a frumpalicious soccer mom.
Done right, the grey sweatshirt is uber chic (and comfy), and its color is universally flattering. Even better yet, grey sweatshirts are a trend accessible at any price point. Gals on a budget should hit the boys or men's department (for a shrunken fit go with the boys) at big-box stores like Target, K-Mart and Walmart. Grey sweatshirts from brands like Fruit of the Loom and Hanes should cost little more than $5-$10.
It's easy to elevate a simple grey sweatshirt
This model wears a fitted grey sweatshirt with a voluminous maxi-skirt for a laid-back glam look. The lesson learned: pair the sweatshirt with something that fits you well... skinny jeans, your best fitting trousers, a maxi, mini or pencil skirt
Karen of wheredidugetthat pairs her grey sweatshirt with pumps, a tailored tweed blazer and leather pants. She looks like a polished rockstar. The lesson from Karen: juxtapose textures... add leather, fur, lace, sequins or denim... and heels, of course!
Blair Eadie, the blogger behind Atlantic-Pacific gives her grey sweatshirt an andogynous nod by leaving out her usual girly accessories and pairing it with boyfriend jeans. She then injects a dose of femininity with fuschia lipstick and a ballerina-esque topknot hairstyle. The lesson from Blair: a bold lip and a great hairstyle are enough.
Artistic director of Moda Operandi (and former US Marie Claire style and accessories editor), Taylor Tomasi Hill, knows exactly how to style her grey sweatshirt... scrunched sleeves, a stack of bracelets and a chunky watch. The lesson learned from Taylor: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize... pair your sweatshirt with a collar, scarf or fur stole and plenty of statement jewelry
Do you own a grey sweatshirt? If so, what is your favorite thing to wear it with? What are your other wardrobe staples?