It’s time to give your most casual garment a chic makeover

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Words: Leila Petersen | Images: thestylestalker.com

With sweats and all manner of comfy attire taking center stage in our wardrobes in the past year, it comes as no surprise that loungewear, especially the hoodie, is experiencing a worldwide comeback. Cosy and cool, this classic layering piece is proving to be far more versatile and stylish than it once appeared to be. And as we start to slowly venture out and resume (some) sort of normalcy, now is the perfect time to get creative with your hoodie and put together outfits that boast both comfort and style. Need some inspiration? Scroll down as we illustrate how you can transform this basic staple into a sartorial statement with the right contrasting elements.

Don't underestimate the power of accessories and its ability to give this practical garment a polished new guise. Think statement earrings, layered necklaces and scarves.

STYLE TIP: Your handbag is another key accessory that’s able to bring a touch of sophistication to even the most laid-back hoodie looks. Opt for a chic shoulder or cute top handle shape.

Offset a statement piece, like a pleather skirt or trouser or bold printed separates, by matching them with a simple hoodie. The casual piece gives your outfit an effortless feel and ensures you won't look overdone.

STYLE TIP: For a hoodie that will layer easily with everything, opt for a classic neutral. Think beige, light grey, navy and black.

Proving to be a key layering staple, wearing your hoodie under a structured coat not only keeps the chill out but the high-low mix is the apex of how to fuse tailored and casual elements with an effortless sartorial fluency. Whether you choose a classic trench or roomy cocoon coat there's no denying the ability this outerwear has in upping the style stakes of your overall outfit.

STYLE TIP: Get creative with your hoodie strings. Depending on your coat style, cinching your hoodie strings or even tying them into cute bows could add an extra cool detail.

Get a little flirty and playful with your hoodie by layering it over a dress or skirt. To create even more of a contrast choose styles that feature extra feminine details- think frills, volume, florals and lace.

STYLE TIP: Style it up by playing with silhouette and proportion. Tuck your hoodie into a frill skirt and cinch with a belt or add an edgy element to a slip dress with an oversized version.

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