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This Is How The Fashion Forward Strut Their Stuff In Sweatshirts

The unexpected non-fashion item, the sweatshirt, is having a major moment in fashion this fall 2012 as the fashion sweatshirt. Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, Balenciaga, and Kenzo were just a few designers who showcased what is being called “the novelty sweatshirt” on the fall runways back in February, which has become the unforeseen essential of the season.

We saw a re-imagining of this sporty gym staple on the runways, which is why we’re referring to it now as the fashion sweatshirt.  Proenza Schouler displayed a black sweatshirt layered with a collared shirt and a metallic leather skirt. Balenciaga showed a sci-fi adaptation of the classic with a ruffled collar and contrasting A-line skirt with booties. Prabal Gurung showed a blue metallic skirt with a black luxe fabric-embellished sweatshirt. Lastly, Kenzo showed off their tiger face on a knitted sweatshirt, layered with another shade of green A-line skirt.

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Whereas the sweatshirt was once strictly used to wear lounging around the house, as a warmer to the gym, or as a college student stuck in the dorm studying for mid-terms, its now coming back as the fashion sweatshirt into our wardrobes in unexpected ways.  That’s right, you can absolutely get all dolled up with an oversized or cropped vintage sweatshirt! Trade in your sneakers and chapstick for heels, rouge lips, and a statement choker necklace to take the fashion sweatshirt from the rec to the VIP room.

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For a collegiate take, you can wear an oxford shirt under a pullover and let the collar show, while pairing it with a flared skirt.   You can even update one of your old sweatshirts by pairing it with a short mini and heels.  Fashion bloggers, fashion week attendees and the fashion forward are pairing their fashion sweatshirts with skirts for a juxtaposition of dressy and casual. Below we show you 15 various different ways to pair your novelty, graphic, and fashion sweatshirts with feminine skirts and a pair of heels.

We want to know, is the novelty or fashion sweatshirt trend for you? Are you going to leave your home in a cute mini skirt, heels, and sweatshirt? If so, DEFINITELY post a pic to our facebook page! We’re loving the fashion sweatshirt so much, here’s how our editor recently styled the luxe sweatshirt trend.

The Luxe Fashion Sweatshirt Trend As Seen On Fall 2012 Runways

Fashion sweatshirt as seen on fall 2012 runways

Proenza Schouler fall 2012 pajama inspired sweatshirt

Balenciaga Fall 2012 Graphic Sweatshirt

Prabal Gurung Fall 2012 black embellished sweatshirt

Karli Kloss in Kenzo graphic tiger sweatshirt on Fall 2012 runway

Fashion Bloggers And The Fashion Forward Wear Luxe Sweatshirts For Fall:

Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad wearing the Kenzo fall 2012 green tiger sweatshirt

SHOP THE LOOK (same): Kenzo Eiffel Tower Sweatshirt

Gretchen Hackmann of Nubry wearing a bald eagle Topman sweatshirt with an A-line skirt by Ashlee Brooks, Giuseppe Zanotti glitter pumps, and top-knot Bun

Ashley Madekwe of Ring My Bell wearing a metallic silver Haute Hippie skirt, gray Topshop sweatshirt, and Balenciaga “Weekender” bag

Pleated maxi skirt with an oatmeal blue sweatshirt and tigh top-knot bun

Karla Deras of Karla’s Closet wearing a vintage, cropped Nike sweatshirt, Topshop pencil skirt, Balenciaga platforms, and Ray-Ban sunglasses

An attendee at London Fashion Week wearing a graphic Balenciaga sweatshirt with skirt, 80’s graphic clutch, and embelisshed cowboy booties

About The Author

Alana Denham Albrecht lives with her husband/photographer, Rhys in Kelowna, Canada. In addition to writing and curating I Love Denham, Alana appears weekly in print and on radio, and covers fashion and style events all over the world. She loves her family, americano mistos, marathons, dogs, theatre popcorn, brunch, and going home for Christmas.

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