From oversized to cropped to neoprene (sometimes all at once), sweatshirts have been making huge waves amongnst the wardrobes of streetstyle bloggers and collections of the hottest designers this season. While we've all grown a little tired of seeing the same Kenzo sweatshirt over and over again, one cannot help but love the fact that the most comfortable item in our closets is now high fashion. And let's hope that never changes. So, what can we do to keep our comfortable style from looking like a broken record in the streetstyle-sphere? Get creative.
NOTE: No sewing required! Just scissors, some safety pins and an iron.
Basic Sweatshirt DIY #1: Soft Lapel Cardi
1. Start with a fitted sweatshirt with roomy sleeves. I waltzed straight to the kids section of the thrift store for this glorious hunter green one (I'm petite, no shame).
2. Draw a line down the center. Cut that line.
3. Fold lapels revealing that fuzzy, oh-so-soft lining. Pin and iron flat.
4. Cuff the sleeves. Iron.
Voila! You now have an adorable-yet-sophisticated cardigan to rival the jackets seen on the Narciso Rodriguez Fall/Winter 2014 runway.
Basic Sweatshirt DIY #2: Structured Kimono
Both J.W. Anderson and Phillip Lim unveiled some stellar structured tops that combine origami folds with form-flattering designs. I thought I'd try my hand at a fresh DIY inspired by these looks. And believe it or not, it's crazy easy.
1. Start with an oversized, slightly stiff sweatshirt.
2. Cut off the ribbed hem. This will be your kimono belt.
3. Pinch two sections just below your collarbone, symetrically. Gather the sections, pulling as much fabric forward as possible, and make one side overlap the other.
4. Secure with a safety pin (or sew it if you're not feeling as lazy as I was).
5. Complete the look with the belt.
You now have a structured kimono-inspired top made entirely out of a plain ol' sweatshirt. It is now my favorite item in my closet.
Basic Sweatshirt DIY #3: Triple-V Tunic
After gushing over the deep-v numbers at the Marc Jacobs FW14 show, it's safe to say that we all may have gotten a little scissor happy afterwards attempting to create sultry-yet-minimal necklines like Marc's. Sweatshirts are fair game in this inevitable DIY, so here's one way to do it:
1. Start with a tunic-length sweatshirt with shoulders seams extending well beyond your own. (Bonus if it has the classic V seam at the neck!)
2. Cut a deep V from the sides of the neck to as low as your feminine wiles will allow. Mine was a *ahem* modest 10 inches in length.
3. Don't chop off the little V-seam at the neckline if you want to add some serious geometric flavor.
4. Measure the sleeves 6 inches from the shoulder seam, and cut at an angle from the pit. This is your third V. (NOTE: If it doesn't wing out like you desire, throw in some shoulder pads.)
5. Wash it to release the rolled hems, and go on with your sexy futuristic self.
By Whitney S. Williams
Photos by Angela Miller