Posted by Kay
Sweatshirts. What is it about me and sweatshirts?
Is it because I grew up on American Hip-Hop culture-OR-have always been an athletic person/too lazy in my downtime to wear anything with a waist? Am I realising my inner fly-girl or simply aching to be in stretch fabrics after a week in heels and dresses?
Whatever the reasons, sweatshirts for me are my sartorial downtime default setting.
I’m drawn to the teenage baby blanket-ness of them; to me they are one of the most under-exploited garments regarding the potential for design and imagination.
I have collected many and have thrown away few, for as all sweatshirt nerds know, the more they get fatigued by the washing machine, the closer they become to you.
One of my favourites is a ten year old Marc by Marc Jacobs one with peplum sleeves..then there’s the oversized faded shrimp one from the mens department from a summer sale at Cos.. The good ones find you, you don’t go looking for them. My latest is this favourite from Gap.
if a little expensive but the quality is fabulous. Lulu Lemon is also great quality and goes up to 3 ply, trust Canadians to understand how a comforting sweatshirt literally wraps you up in cotton wool to pad you up in brutal weather. I just don’t love the style and design. I’m all about classic early 80’s unisex with a little maverick detail.
which she initially discovered through their kids line.
“The fabric ingredients are to fabric what a Victoria Sponge is to cake – plush but lightweight – sweatshirt heaven. The perfect combination of stretch, softness, and washing machine friendliness. Their designs are hip-centric, so partnered with a jean rather than a YSL pencil skirt.”
I came across the brand when I shot with Amanda De Cadenet who was wearing Wildfox. Off I went to Selfridges and bought this ‘cherry bomb destroyed‘ one worn by Bwalya Newton right.
Thandie also loves Isabel Marant‘s ‘Etoile’ update of the sweatshirt even for nighttime chic – and she combines her grey Etoile sweatshirt with everything from a sequinned Marni skirt, to wearing under a Stella McCartney tux. One drawback is that the washing machine is not kind to the (expensive) Marant line (below) – and taking a sweatshirt to the dry cleaners is a bit of a mind-bender! “Really, the sweatshirt needs to be affordable AND machine washable” say’s Thandie. Agreed.
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Photography Jermaine Francis