If you ever needed evidence that the simple grey sweatshirt is a timeless fashion stalwart, then here it is. Vincent Cassel in Jil Sander. How good does that look? Classic, easy to wear and chic, That's Not My Age loves a sweatshirt. As I've told you before, here and here. I see it as a reliable everyday essential for both men and women. The kind of thing Jane Birkin would throw on (with jeans and Converse) for a bicycle ride to the boulangerie. Or Steve McQueen would wear for a Great Escape. It's all about effortless style. Blending in rather than showing-off suggests a degree of understated confidence. And, as Monsieur Cassal, 45, says he prefers dressing down to standing out:
'I used to be more self-conscious about style because when you're younger, you want to exist, you want to show everything you do. The minute I started being recognised, I became much more discreet.'
|Ines de la Fressange wears her sweatshirt with chinos.|
|And so does Steve McQueen.|
|Kate Moss goes for jeans and a classic seventies look.|
But you don't always have to play it down. Or stick to a casual dress code. For a more pulled-together look try the essential grey sweatshirt with coloured jeans/pants and a tailored jacket. Or dress things up - like J.Crew's Jenna Lyons, a woman who knows how to add sparkle to preppy basics - with sequins and faux fur:
|Jenna Lyons goes for the Brooklyn mash-up.|
|Isabel Marant's classic Dora sweatshirt|
|When in doubt, there's always Gap. Might have to buy this one, I like the wider neckline and zip fastening.|
|If you can put Dov Charney's sexual harrassment charges to one side for a moment, how about American Apparel?|
For summer, I wear mine with a maxi skirt and flat sandals - much more modern than a cardigan.
|That's not me. It's an old Net-a-Porter picture.|
How would you wear the simple grey sweatshirt?
Vincent Cassel photo and quote: The Observer
JennaLyons: David XPrutting
Kate Moss: handbag.com
Ines de la Fressange: disneyrollergirl
Steve McQueen: A Continuous Lean