How To Wear A Sweatshirt And Not Look Frumpy

There’s nothing comfier than a sweatshirt. The only problem is that many can make you look frumpy. Thank goodness that’s changing thanks to a new crop of sweatshirts that mix comfort with cool! Take a look.

Pink Lace up Sweatshirt


Gone is that ugly varsity number from your college days or some oversized monstrosity with a hood. The new sweatshirt in town is surprisingly chic. For example, this pretty blush sweatshirt (above) is fitted but not tight, and the lace-up sides make it hip and fashionable.

Sweatshirts with bell sleeves, front tie-ups, lacing, embroidery, sequins, off-the-shoulder detail, and even ruffles are also having a moment. Keep these things in mind when finding the right sweatshirt for you:

  • Pick a sweatshirt in a sophisticated shade to avoid looking schlubby.
  • Choose a sweatshirt that is streamlined through the sides rather than bulky like a traditional sweatshirt.
  • Keep any embellishments on the sweatshirt to a minimum. Just a touch is all you need.



  • Pair a relaxed sweatshirt with something more fitted. Try wearing one of these luxe sweatshirts with skinny jeans or leather leggings for a more casual look, or dress up your sweatshirt with slim-cut pants or even a pencil skirt.
  • Don’t tuck in your sweatshirt, even if it is more streamlined. It will only make you look bulky across the middle.
  • If you are bottom-heavy, stay away from a tight band at the bottom and go for a loose hem. You could even try wearing your relaxed wide-necked sweatshirt slightly off-kilter, to one side, to take the emphasis off the straight line right across your lower tummy.
  • Counter the casual nature of a sweatshirt with some fab jewelry. A bold necklace, multiple bracelets/watch, or a dangly pair of earrings are the perfect icing on the cake!

Grey Bell Sleeve Sweatshirt


  • Choose the right footwear. Sweatshirts are sporty, but no bulky running shoes, please. Ankle booties are the perfect medium between casual and dressy, making them a natural pairing to your sporty-glam sweatshirt! Dressy flats fit the bill, too, or even a low wedge can look nice if heels aren’t your thing.
  • Finish off your outfit with a statement bag! Pick something big and tailored in a complementary color to your outfit. A great tote works so does an oversize clutch.
  • Add a dash of lipstick, and you’re ready to go!

The newest sweatshirts are the perfect mix of comfort and glam. This is a trend that looks and feels fab at any age.

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4 thoughts on “How To Wear A Sweatshirt And Not Look Frumpy

  1. I love the look – I purchased several cute mixed blend fabric sweatshirts from Target or Tajae`!! Being a woman over 40, I thrilled to receive so many compliments, especially when worn with riding pants and boots! Winner!

  2. I love these sweatshirts! Your website is wonderful just what I was looking for. I AMA nuse and where uniforms daily so when I have to dress up I just don’t know what do wear and jeans and plain tshirts are boring. Thanks

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