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Style Remix: The College Sweatshirt


College sweatshirt
The classic college sweatshirt | Photo Credit

You asked — we answered! This week’s Style Remix is the classic collegiate sweatshirt. Today, we’ll show you how to wear a college sweatshirt without just resorting to the old jeans-and-sweatshirt uniform.

About the College Sweatshirt

Often, one of the first acts of a new collegiate is to buy their university’s logo sweatshirt. While not typically the most fashionable item in the school store, it is one of the most spirited.

When choosing a college sweatshirt, keep in mind that a crewneck style is more versatile than a hoodie – it gives you room for scarves, big earrings, long hair, etc. Crewneck sweatshirts are also great for that little extra retro vibe. That said, all the styles below could easily be modified for a hoodie if it’s your favorite! These looks also work for Greek letter organizations or other on-campus groups. 

Here, we’ve put together three ways to wear the basic college sweatshirt (we opted for the crewneck style). Style Remix is all about showing you new potential in classics you already own, so style away!

1. Classic Collegiate

Style remix crewneck classic
Product Details: Shirt, Sweatshirt, Earrings, Watch, Shoes, Pants

A little bit scholarly, a little bit preppy, and a little bit trendy, this look is great for looking polished in a sweatshirt. (We never thought we’d say that on a fashion blog!) Classic elements like the oxfords and watch take a trendy chambray shirt and college crewneck to a new level.

To get this look, wear the chambray shirt (or any collared shirt) under your crewneck sweater — fold the arms of your crewneck up, and roll the chambray sleeves once or twice. Put your collar over the crew, add accessories, and you’re good to go!

2. On-Trend Jewel Tones

Style remix crewneck trendy
Product Details: Scarf, Sweatshirt, Earrings, Socks, Boots, Pants

Who says a sweatshirt has to be drab? This look, in fact, is all about color! Trendy jewel tones are a great way to brighten a winter ensemble: Here, we mixed rich magenta jeans with a teal scarf and navy sweatshirt. For a little flair, tan lace-up boots add some wonderful contrast. We’ve paired them with a deep purple knit sock, perfect to just peek over the top of the boot.

3. Pushing the Envelope

Style remix crewneck dressy
Product Details: Sweatshirt, Necklace, Earrings, Booties, Skirt, Tights

If we had told you that a sweatshirt and heels could, in fact, look awesome together, most of you probably would have given us the side-eye. But it’s totally possible to pull them off! The key is to choose a cozy, casual ankle bootie for balance.

While a college sweatshirt itself will never be dressy, we’ve paired it with dressier elements for days you want to show school spirit while still feeling glam. Of course, there’s still room for trendier pieces, like subtly patterned tights and a flirty skater skirt. By still using cozy knit fabrics, we don’t depart too far from the crewneck’s informality, but a little gleam and sparkle from contrasting earrings and a simple necklace go a long way!

What do you think?

It’s your turn — tell us how you rock your college gear in the comments below! What’s your favorite way to wear your crewnecks? What would you like to see next time in Style Remix? Would you wear any of these looks? We love hearing back from you!

Posted on on February 21, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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17 Responses to “Style Remix: The College Sweatshirt”

  1. 1
    February 21st, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    This is incredible. I kind of want to go back to my room and change into my Greek crewneck!! Tempted to go buy those tan pants just for this outfit…

    All three of these outfits are incredible, I can’t wait to try one or all of them out! I have so many college/Greek letter hoodies and crewnecks, but I never wear them…

    Superb job!!!

  2. 2
    February 21st, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    You’ve just made me realize that ‘lazy glam’ sums up my style pretty well, it’s like this post was made for me. That last outfit sans heels is practically my uniform. Love the second one as well!

  3. 3
    February 21st, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Looove the last outfit!

  4. 4
    February 21st, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Love this article and series. Thanks for the tips, everyone in my immediate family either works at or attends my college, so we have dozens of these sweatshirts in different colors lying around.

  5. 5
    February 21st, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    This is actually really cool. Props to you! I will be messing around with this.

  6. 6
    February 21st, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    LOVE this! I like the idea of being spirited AND fashionable! I can’t opt out for drab anymore!

  7. 7
    February 21st, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    This is awesome!

  8. 8
    February 22nd, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Fantastic! I love sweatshirts and I have worn very similar versions of the first two. Really want to try the third ensemble; how cute are those shoes?! Thanks for such a great post CF!

  9. 9
    February 22nd, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Love the outfits, and I must say, I smiled a little seeing the ‘Alabama’ college shirt. It’s so nice seeing people post it without the intention of starting a “Roll Tide” “War Eagle” rant. xD


  10. 10
    February 22nd, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Love this series! Thanks for the great ideas on making my favorite basics more stylish! (:

  11. 11
    February 24th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Haha, I’ve worn outfits similar to the third one before (was into Japanese fashion mags in high school. Nice job on the outfit, btw). Only reason I don’t wear them more is i overheat easily and need something I can easily take off if I need to, so I only wear them if I’m expecting to be outside for the entirety of my time or if I know I’ll end up inside for an extended period of time where it would make sense to take it off. :/

    Anyone got any ideas to help fix this?

  12. 12
    February 25th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Hi Ashley–
    Many universities are now offering their gear in alternative forms to the classic crewneck, including zip-ups and cardigans. If you tend to take your crewneck on and off all day, one of these might be a great option to adjust to changing temperatures. I live in San Diego, and with how quickly the day can heat up here, I usually wear zip-ups, cardigans, or jackets instead of sweatshirts– unless it’s actually a cold day. I’ve found that a scarf can help, too. They’re easy to take on and off, and you can choose a heavy or light knit depending on the weather.
    Hope that helps!

  13. 13
    March 5th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    So cute but I was hoping for more outfits! Would it be diff for hoodies?

  14. 14
    March 6th, 2013 at 10:52 am

    so cute.

  15. 15
    March 6th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Hi Jess–

    In general, it’s more difficult to style a hoodie because of the extra fabric of the hood. The hood makes it more difficult to wear necklaces, scarves, or large earrings as accessories, and the kangaroo pocket can add some bulk around the middle. However, there are always ways to get around these problems: try a lighter weight scarf, large cluster stud earrings instead of dangling ones, etc. It’s really up to personal preference.

    Have fun with it!

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