Easy and practical, this athleisure staple is having a golden age
We are living in the golden age of the sweatshirt. As golden ages go, it is hard not to feel we’ve been a bit shortchanged, what with pretty much everything else about our age feeling decidedly tarnished right now. But hey, beggars can’t be choosers. A sweatshirt, once a warm, practical nondescript sort of thing to be worn on the way to the gym or on the school run or over a nightie to make a cup of tea, was reborn as a catwalk-worthy, celebrity-approved, waiting-list-only type of garment in the early days of athleisure. There was a period of about six months when a sweatshirt worn with a midi-length pleated skirt was the near-universal go-to uniform for the fashion industry.
The sweatshirt is easy and practical to wear. Not easy and practical in the fashion sense of, “these heels are only four inches high, so they are great for all-day wear” or “latex is wipe clean, so it’s ideal when catering a dinner party”, but easy and practical full stop. It doesn’t need to be ironed or worn with any particular bra. At this time of year, it is a weight which fits the weather more days than not, so you can put it on in the morning without having to think about layers over or under.