STYLE | 27/03/2015 | TAJINDER HAYER
LOOK OF THE WEEK
Once the attire of choice for scally lads in the 80s, over the last few seasons the humble sweatshirt has had stellar fashion resurgence. Championed by Kenzo, other high end brands were soon to follow suit, and the likes of Givenchy, Valentino and Lanvin all made the sweatshirt a highly coveted item.
This week, we show you how to style the comfy and stylish piece, in three ways – smart, street and sporty. Seeing as the sweatshirt was developed as a sports wear item, it is no great surprise that it continues to do well as one. We opted for the Wooyougmi cotton blend knitted sweatshirt, in a short sleeved variation, worn with bonded neoprene shorts from Neil Barrett, both of which are available at Mr Porter. Throw on a pair of premium high top sneakers and you are good to go.
To elevate the sweatshirt from sportswear to a statement piece, you need to look to the big brands, who are continuing to reinvent the sweatshirt with new prints, patterns and fabric. Bobby Abley’s Ursula print neopreme sweater at Selfridges was a catwalk standout and looks incredible when paired with black leather look joggers from River Island. The bold metallic details, ever so slightly oversized fit and evil grin make this a real statement piece. For those that prefer a smarter look, swap the joggers for pleated front trousers, like these from Margiela and channel your inner fashion hero with a sophisticated printed sweatshirt from Givenchy, both available at Matches Fashion.
The incredible art featured within this article is the work of talented illustrator Nicholas Darby. Currently based in Bristol, Nicholas has been working freelance since graduating from University College Falmouth in 2010. His illustrations are incredibly realistic, unique and quite often feature a famous face or two. See more on his website and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.