Saturday, October 10, 2015

Stylish in Sweats | The 4 Rules of how to look Amazing in Sweats

Each morning,  I step outside and check the temperatures before deciding what to wear.  Soon, sweats will become a part of my fall/winter uniform.  This year, I vowed to do things differently.  In the past, I'd reach for a warm pair of sweats without any desire to look presentable.

The issue with this approach is that it causes you to appear as if you place zero effort in your personal appearance.  But we all want to stay warm, right?  So how do we do both?  Let's review the principles of rocking sweats without looking like we've completely given up on ourselves.

Rule #1: Keep it fitted

On thing I'll do differently this year is to avoid overly baggy sweats.  The reason for this is two fold.  First, (and the biggest reason) is how easily baggy sweats can hide pesky weight gain.  When oversized sweats become part of your uniform, you will be totally clueless around how your body is changing.  During winter months, we're less active and tend to reach for high calorie beverages to help keep warm.  And don't get me started on all the eating that happens around the holidays.

If we're not careful, we're five pounds heavier and using loose fitting sweats to camouflage our faux pas.  If your sweater drawer is filled with big, comfy sweats, I encourage you to add a few new pieces to your wardrobe that flatter the body.

Fitted joggers are the answer to our sweats problem.  They flatter our silhouette while bringing a bit of warm.  Plus, joggers scream comfort and style.

RULE # 2 Pair with Something Stylish
Going head to toe sweats may not be the answer if you want to remain stylish this winter season.  Instead, try mixing them with stylish pieces to elevate your look.  Examples include adding leather, heels or even wearing a sweatshirt & skirt combination.

RULE #3.   Sport a Flawless Face
When you see someone with a comfy pair of sweats and a bold red lip, what comes to your mind?  To me, this speaks to the intentionality of the outfit.  This isn't a woman who just grabbed some sweats and threw them on.  No. This is someone who carefully balanced the casual nature of her outfit with carefully painted nails or a bold red lip.   A flawless face maintains your confidence levels in the event that you run into someone from your past.  Even if you're in baggy clothes, your face is on point, you smell nice and you feel great about yourself. 
RULE #4: Don't forget to Accessorize
Sweats are the epitome of dressing down.  So we must remember the key to dressing down and looking fabulous.  Accessories are absolutely essential.  Anytime you are wearing anything that could resemble house clothes, accessorize, accessorize, accessorize.

  1. I love the look of a sweatshirt with a pencil skirt, its such an unexpected combo that it totally works. I'm not much of the fan of the other looks, I'm totally of the camp that sweats killed american style and I blame it all on Juicy Couture in the late 90s. lol. Interested to see what looks you will come up with.