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Who created the sweatshirt?

Let’s talk a little about the origin of this garment of the urban wardrobe. The sweatshirt is a piece that we consider informal and sporty, little do we imagine a casual or formal Vlone outfit with it. And much less do we think about where it came from, who created it, and since when has it been used.

There are different versions of the origin of the sweatshirt. Some say that it dates from the last decade of the 19th century when it was used by French fruit and vegetable sellers. By then they were a kind of thick sweaters that protected them from the cold. And that was later used by the army in the First World War.

However, another version attributes the sweatshirt to Benjamin Russell. It is said that during World War II he made a men’s cotton sweater, which was more comfortable and softer than wool.

In any case, it is not until the 1970s that the sweatshirt bursts into popularity with rappers, street artists, and breakdancing dancers on New York soil. Until this moment it was used as an exclusive garment for sports.

From the streets to the catwalks

Starting in the 80s, the great fashion houses turned to look at this garment with interest to give it style, sophistication, and versatility. It stops being a unique outfit for sports and begins to be part of the day-to-day of whoever wants to wear it.

Its confection with prints, rhinestones, sequins, and other details made it a classic and essential piece in wardrobes. The use of different thicknesses of textiles and their presentations with or without a hood, allowed us to add it to the winter and summer wardrobe.

How to wear a stylish sweatshirt?

Learn to wear your sweatshirt with attitude wherever you go. There are different urban styles with which you can wear this garment without dislodging the place or the occasion.

Preppy look for men and women

It’s simple. If you choose to wear a hoodie without a hood, wear a white collared shirt underneath. For this set to stand out, the main item must be a dark shade, such as navy blue, army green, black, or gunmetal gray. In the colder months, on top of these, you wear a blazer or mid-calf coat.

You can also put on a T-shirt, over the hoodie, and finally a closed blazer. Both combinations, although very masculine, are suitable for both sexes. And, in either case, you can wear it both with chinos or pleated pants, as well as with straight-cut jeans.


In the case of girls, they can wear their oversize sweatshirt with sequins or rhinestones with leather leggings and Adidas Gazelle sneakers in the classic black and white colors.

While the guys can pair their sweatshirt with a matching jogger, sneakers in contrasting hues to match a light-knit open coat when it’s cold.

Casual style sweatshirts

Thinking quickly about a casual combination with a sweatshirt for women, we almost instantly imagine skinny jeans with pumps or pumps and this garment. To that, we add an elegant crossbody bag, good makeup, a high bun, and sunglasses.

But, there is so much versatility that you can achieve with a sweatshirt that you can combine it with whatever you want. Midi, tube, and minis skirts; jeans, capris, chinos and shorts, dresses, Cactus Jack shirts, jackets; with sneakers or high heels.

Men could pair their favorite sweatshirt with a black leather top jacket, skinny jeans, and leather boots. Or with a plaid shirt underneath and a pair of black jeans.

Wear your sweatshirts in spring-summer

For this spring-summer season, you should not miss the classic gray sweatshirt with which you can make fresh, simple, and glamorous combinations. Prints, worn pants, and classic cut skirts are also essential for these months.

As we are in a season where the temperature is cool and then it will increase, choose to wear short-sleeved sweatshirts. And, depending on the occasion, wear a sleeveless one. In both cases, shorts, Bermudas, and short skirts are the best allies.

When the air is cooler with a tendency to get hot, it’s time to take out short, baggy, and cool dresses again, like nightdresses.

If you want to look very fashionable, wear a long-sleeved sweatshirt without a hood and made of light fabric over your shirt dress. Make sure they are the same color, and that the coat has a smart message on the front. Adjust the dress so that you can show off its neckline and finish.

Wear your sweatshirt as an accessory

Another way to wear your sweatshirt is as a compliment. That is, you dress to your liking and then tie it to your waist, in case the weather is changeable. Or you roll it up so that you can put it around your neck, like a scarf. This is how you keep this part of your body warm if you are a little intolerant to cold.

In the latter case, it is preferable that you wear it the same color or in a similar tone to your shirt. This will not be distracting and rather give the impression that you are wearing a shirt with a different applique.

Wear your sweatshirt with a romantic gothic style

This proposal is more for girls under 25 years old. Although everything is a matter of attitude. Go for a gray, burgundy, or black sweatshirt. Wear very short shorts and underneath some lace pantyhose in the same color as your sweatshirt.

Bet on the safe side

We call the typical combination of jeans and a sweatshirt “safe”. Although, it must be clarified that all the ones that we have presented are infallible combinations, as long as you know when to use them.

Whether you go for a sweatshirt with a striking color, not necessarily garish; or with a very glamorous or fun print, with original decorative details.

There are many ways to wear a stylish sweatshirt. It is only a matter of knowing how to combine textures and colors; dare to mix it with other types of garments to achieve a modern urban style.