While it’s easy to choose loungewear over “real clothes” these days, layering a sweatshirt under a blazer combines the benefits of comfy, relaxed leisurewear and put together, structured tailoring into one effortless look. Perhaps it’s the juxtaposition of the two silhouettes that makes the pairing cool, or the fact that the two fall under two very different sartorial categories. But the athleisure-meets-suiting combination gives off a casual chic vibe, somewhere between a borrowed-from-the-boys and a model-off-duty look. In this case, we would argue that opposites do attract.
And you can look to Vogue’s January cover for proof. Frances McDormand donned a rusty brown suit and sweatshirt pairing from Fear of God for the shoot, styled by Jorden Bickham. Take notes: it’s a masterclass on how to exquisitely mix and match monochrome tailoring with leisurewear. Most likely, you have one if not both of these staples in your wardrobe, making it easy to experiment with the pairings for yourself. If you’re stuck in a style rut, or want to look more professional while working from home, easing yourself back into wearing more structured clothes is a step in the right direction. It’s as simple as saying yes to suit separates and sweats.
For a laidback way to refresh your worn out sweats while adding a touch of Frances-level cool to your style, here’s 5 color-coordinated blazer and hoodie pairings to shop now and look to for inspiration later.