How to elevate your sweatshirt

Three ways to make the most stylish high-low outfits, starring your favourite graphic sweatshirts

Words: Buntu Ngcuka | Photography: Ian Engelbrecht | Styling: Jason Basson

When it comes to sweatshirts you have two options: go loud with 90s-inspired colour-blocking or keep it low-key with a single colour and logo print. Whichever option you go for, we challenge you to take it one step further: elevate it with a high-end, more formal piece. This high-low contrast gives you a look that’s very now: it’s ideal for the person on-the-move with a 9-to-5 and plans right afterwards. It’s casual but it looks considered — like you made an effort.

Scroll down for three outfits anyone can pull off; combine the season’s freshest sweatshirts with tailored and classic pieces you probably already own (or really need to buy if you don’t).


Level up for the office (or your next party) with a jacket and slim-leg jeans. High tops will add a further casual touch, while a minimal sweatshirt keeps it laid-back without being too sloppy. Make sure your blazer has a slightly larger fit to make room for your sweat’s cosy construction — you don’t want it to look like you’re squeezed into something too small.

cropped chinos

Cropped trousers were in every fashion-loving man’s wardrobe this past summer and they’re just as essential during the colder months. They’ll instantly make your top look smarter, especially if paired with suede lace-ups or white minimalist sneakers. Complete the look with a textured bomber jacket — or current favourite is this quilted number.

jeans and sneakers

If you’re going for bold, then let the sweats do all the talking and keep the rest of your look simple. Jeans, socks and white sneakers should do the job. It’s an outfit you can wear over the weekend or after work and doesn’t require much thinking when it comes to coordinating colours.

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