A little bit of spring on a snowy day…maybe a trend to try?

I fear that many will roll their eyes on reading this post and wonder what on earth I am going on about but I sometimes wonder that about myself too, so not to worry.

I last owned a sweatshirt when I was at University. It was grey and horrible and I wore it with equally horrible leggings. I have no idea why I bought it and I haven’t bought one since.

However just before Christmas, sweatshirts came back on to my radar when I noticed them in New Look and slowly but surely since then they have been wheedling their way back into my consciousness.

The ones in New Look weren’t quite right – a few too many studs and a few too many skulls – but I liked the idea. Unlike before, now it’s all about the styling of them. No longer are they something to chuck on with only your jeans (or horrible leggings). Rather they are to be worn as you may once have worn a silk shirt – or how you may now wear a denim shirt – to dress quite a dressy outfit, down.

Think tweed pencil skirt and heels (see below) and you’ll be on the right track. Sweatshirts need to be a relaxed fit but not too loose – which is good or else the striped one that my husband was wearing yesterday would have been pinched quick smart.

So I have hunted around to see what I could find and this is the best of the bunch so far…

There’s this button back sweatshirt (£29) from Esprit which comes in a variety of colours. The buttons down the back add that extra style element to what is, let’s face it, essentially a plain long sleeved top but only thicker.

                                                sweatshirt + button placket

There’s also this finely mottled sweatshirt (£39), which too is from Esprit and which comes in a selection of colours. The little triangle at the neckline is classic sweatshirt detailing and it gives it more of a utilitarian look.

                                                     finely mottled sweatshirt                                                         

I have also included this Gap sunkissed pullover (£24.95) which comes in a myriad of colours and which, on close inspection, is more sweatshirt like than jumper like.

Sunkissed pullover

And here’s how to complete the look – Pencil skirt from J Crew in clover tweed…

No. 2 pencil skirt in clover tweed

…and ASOS hometown heeled sandals (£40), because block heels will be all the range come the spring. Play with the colours, play with the texture, push the sleeves up on the sweatshirt and add a stack of cuffs/bangles/bracelets – you get the idea.

ASOS HOMETOWN Heeled Sandals

I can imagine wearing this when something a little “fashiony” is called for. With a decent length to the skirt and covered arms, it is all very respectable and age appropriate for someone whose daughter turns 14 tomorrow!




  1. The Flaky Fashionista
    January 21, 2013 / 4:24 pm

    I'm struggling to get my head around the idea of a sweatshirt with a skirt. Seems like an odd combination, although I do like the Esprit one you've shown. Happy Birthday to your daughter and in no way do you look old enough to be the mother of a 14 year old!

  2. Thea (Journey To Style)
    January 22, 2013 / 7:24 am

    Ha – J. Crew featuring in your blog again! Have you ordered from them Beth? And if so, how was the experience? I'm a bit concerned about import duties / returns… and haven't risked an order yet.Also – button back tops. Doesn't it just look like you've put your top on back-to-front? There's one in the Boden catalogue and (to my mid anyway) that's exactly what the model looks like!I'm all for smart sweatshirts though – nice and comfy (and warm) 🙂

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    January 22, 2013 / 8:32 am

    I've been in sweatshirts since November, in love – as a full time mama/part time marketing pr person I need to look a bit trendy but also practical and comfy. I love the warehouse and asos versions and I'm wearing them with bright jeans, red, cobalt blue or blue denim, accessorized with a scarf or bright necklace they look great.I dipped my toe with a grey proper sweatshirt with fake leather elbow pads from asos, which they no longer do, got compliments at the soft play centre (!) and progressed to wool/cotton versions which are now wardrobe staples.http://www.asos.com//ASOS/ASOS-Boxy-Jumper-with-Stepped-Hem-in-Fine-Knit/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2419486http://www.asos.com//Glamorous/Glamorous-Marl-Jumper-In-Fine-Jersey-With-Elbow-Patch/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2680269http://www.asos.com//Asos/Asos-Woven-Back-Jumper/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=2420381 Love the blog, gives me new ideas! Thankyou xxxxxPS next stop black vampy knee high boots for date night, any advice much appreciated!

  4. Sharon
    January 22, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Love the Gap sweatshirt…unfortunately it comes up too short in the body for me at 5ft 11ins I have struggled of late to find good body length in many sweaters!..I love J Crew too…but like Thea am nervous about import duties! I read they are set to open a store on Regent St later this year? Perhaps they will also review their online store for delivery charges…here's hoping! I do like the idea of a pencil skirt with a dressed down feel to it..thanks for a great idea there!

  5. katradcliffe
    January 22, 2013 / 3:08 pm

    Thank you for making me feel that I'm not totally insane…I've been merrily blogging about all the Spring/ Summer '13 trends as snow falls. Nice to know i'm not alone! I love sweatshirt and keep eyeing up the ones by Markus Lupfer…it may have to be done!. Kat x

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