For spring 2021, brands focused on clothes that were meant to be worn. The collections were designed, produced, and shown during the middle of the pandemic afterall. One common theme? The stylish, designer sweatsuit. Sweatsuits became more than just loungewear in 2020, they’re now a staple of the at-home uniform. This spring however, designers got inventive and gave the slouchy athletic garment a fashionable update. Look at collections like Max Mara, Givenchy, and Tibi, and you’ll find versions of the sweatshirt that are way more interesting than your average athleticwear pullover. Meanwhile, JW Anderson and Eckhaus Latta showed a mix of elevated and effortlessly cool sweat styles that can be happily worn in and out of the house.
Some of these sweatshirts resemble other familiar top silhouettes such as a button up cardigan, puff sleeve blouse, and even corsetry, but are still made from soft cotton, fleece, or jersey. Others have been decorated with embellishments like crystal diamante and scarf tie sleeves. You’ll find sharp design details like contrast piping and two toned fabrics, as well as crewnecks that would rival your favorite cotton poplin work shirts as a perfect wardrobe solution for the Zoom era. There’s even a handful of sturdy, sculptural silhouettes, a surprising iteration on what is normally a relaxed, slouchy fitting garment.
Dressing fashionably with a sweatsuit level of coziness can be achieved thanks to these stylish iterations. Whether you’re all about comfort or are looking for an upgrade to your loungewear game altogether, the sweatsuit is here to stay.
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