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August 23 2014

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Sweating The Details Of The Sweats Trend

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I am a girl who loves a good hoodie. I have been known to make brunch in the pair of baggy Champion sweats I have worn—and adored—since college. I prefer comfort to discomfort and ease to difficulty, and I am non-categorical about high fashion and low. Theoretically, I am the target market for the fashion makeover of fleece that is currently afoot. And yet: Something in the mind revolts. It’s not that Alexander Wang’s sweat shorts are currently retailing for the ambitious price of $225, or that Osklen’s pleated sweat dresses and loose, floor-skimming sweat skirts for Fall ’09 strike me as a whit too conceptual for a cotton Gwyneth doesn’t even want to let into her new Tribeca gym. No, my problem with the sweats trend is more general. I want to preserve the distinction between clothes you wear to look stylish, and the stuff you put on when you just don’t care. I would hate for sweats to go the way of denim and draped tees and become a fetishized, merchandised must-have; the kind of thing that demands a rigorous attention to detail. I suspect that when sweats become a fashion item, it won’t make my lifestyle more casual, but less. Lover’s circular cape in gray marl has me convinced that fleece can look streetwise and suave, but I’m not yet convinced that it should. What do you say? To sweat or not to sweat?

 

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Lover

 

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  1. KKUMAR_1221 says:

    ITS UR MATTER, NO BODY CARES WHAT U DO OR WHAT U THINK REALLY. SO DON’T THINK JUST DO IT IF UR FANS LOVE U THEY RESPECT UR THINKING, UR WORK, OK SO B CALM ND BE PATIENCE. GOD SE EVERYTHING .

  2. LaraSmith says:

    That design is too pretty for plain gray material. A bolder color of fleece might be nice.
    I don’t wear sweatshirts outside the house, although an oversized one can be worn as a shrug.

  3. correttaramsey says:

    i think the style is a great idea. very flexible and you will find that now a days people are dressing down and more comfy but still trying to look in style. it puts a rest to the glitsy looks and more of a feel towards the times

  4. Valerio says:

    I’m surprised about, especially, the first comment. What Lara Smith wrote is more to the point and gives a more realistic point of view. And the style is a great idea, althought it’s not fashion, but who cares about it. I don’t think this style will hit the mainstreet, but everyone has to dress themself the way they like, if it’s fashionable, trendy, or not. Only narrow minded people will dismiss these kinds of clothing, but remember fashion is more then RTW or Haute Couture. So the comments of the first contributer are totally out of order. Arriverderci

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