Who doesn’t own a sweatshirt these days? At this point, it’s probably safe to say that the sweatshirt is one of the most commonly worn pieces today as they’re super comfortable and can keep you warm.
FYI, some of the most iconic sweatshirts around happen to be the ones GOT7 have been spotted in, and you can easily buy these sweatshirts online and rock them yourself!
Today, sweatshirts come in a variety of styles and sizes, making them appropriate for all seasons. Gone are the days where sweatshirts were only deemed appropriate for fall and winter! Today, you can rock an oversized sweatshirt for a more cozy look, or you can go the exact opposite and sport a more fitted piece for a more put together look. Either way, sweatshirts are meant to provide comfort, style, and some warmth.
Here are some tips to help you pick the right sweatshirt for the look you’re going for:
Consider the size
Decide on the look you’re going for by asking yourself if you’re going for a more oversized TLC kind of look (it’s been a recent trend) or are you going for something that’s a bit more snug? If you’re looking to achieve the oversized look, depending on the sizing of the brand, I would recommend going just one size up. Going too oversized can cause the piece to become too overpowering and can get quite uncomfortable at some point. Think about it… wearing something that’s too big for you can actually be more work than you intended it to be.
If you’re going for a more fitted look, take your normal size but whatever you do, try to avoid going smaller, unless the brand says to size down. Also, be cautious if the sweater has not been preshrunk.
Consider the material
Considering the material is super important, especially if you’re allergic to certain materials. If so, stay clear of them!
Looking into the material will also let you decide what season the garment is appropriate for. So, when looking to purchase, consider where and when you want to wear your sweatshirt. Are you planning to wear it on a cool summer night? Or is this a sweatshirt you plan on wearing under your skiing or snowboarding gear in the winter?
Here are some materials to consider:
Sheep Wool – Probably the most used fabric for sweaters behind cotton. There are many different types which all have varying degrees of softness and warmth. Merino, Shetland, and Lambswool (from the first shearing of a sheep) are the most common.
Cashmere – This wool, which comes from goats, is the epitome of luxury. Incredibly soft, lightweight, warm, and delicate—although less than you may think. This is the good stuff, and you’ll pay a pretty penny for it.
Cotton – A very common material. Durable, lightweight, and relaxed. This is what you wear in the spring and summer to ward off the late night chill.
Linen – Strictly for warm weather wear. Light, breathable, and absorbs moisture much better than cotton.
Silk – It’s rare to find sweaters made of 100% silk, but it can be used as an insulator.
Blends – Blending the above materials make sweaters either lighter and more relaxed, or heavier and warmer depending on the content. Putting together high-end materials like cashmere, silk, and wool will create a more refined and classy product; while combining lower end fabrics like cotton and linen will produce a rougher, lighter and more durable product.
Consider the maintenance
Is the sweatshirt you’re about to purchase dry-clean only? Or can you throw it in the laundry with everything else you own?
Think about what you can realistically keep up with and what’s simply out the question. If you’re a person who gets everything dry-cleaned because, maybe your work outfits require you to do so, getting a dry-clean only sweatshirt shouldn’t be a problem. But if you can’t remember the last time you went to the dry cleaner… you might want to reconsider and go for something that can easily go in the wash.
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