How Make a Sweatshirt Chic

Alexander Wang revamps the sweatshirt at his spring 2011 show at New York Fashion Week.

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Your sweatshirt doesn't just have to be for working out, sleeping and repainting your house. It can be a totally fashionable and chic statement piece. How? Well, it's all in the styling. If you've got a sweatshirt that's just collecting dust, pull it out of your closet and learn how to make it look fab and fashion forward.

Dress It Up

Instead of wearing your sweatshirt casually, make it a little more dressy and pair it with a skirt. Miniskirts are fantastic here. Since sweatshirts are generally not so fitted, make your look sexy with a shorter skirt. Pair your skirt with tights and flat shoes or your favorite pair of boots.

Make It Feminine

Try wearing your sweatshirt layered over a feminine blouse or even a dress and add heels as an accent. It sounds strange, but it can totally work. Wear your sweats with softer colors like a blush pink shade. This even looks amazing with gray sweats, so don't be scared to pair the two colors. Just add a pair of heels to finish off your feminine sweatshirt look.

Wear It With Shorts

If it's not too hot but not too cold, pair your sweatshirt with a pair of shorts. Cut-off jean shorts look just as adorable with this look as dressier shorts, so if you have something in another fabric like leather or in a cool print, it'll look perfect here. Add your favorite pair of flat sandals and your look is done.

Or ... Buy a Chic Sweatshirt

Sweatshirts can actually come in cool, fashionable cuts and styles all by themselves. Try label Wildfox Couture for cool, embellished sweats. If you want sexier sweatshirt options, Alexander Wang is a fantastic option. The designer makes many sweatshirts and sweatshirt dresses in fitted and cut-out designs that look amazing and definitely don't come off as your old boring sweats. If you want something with a bit of sparkle, look to Isabel Marant, who loves shiny embellishments to decorate a sweatshirt.

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