Would You Wear: The Graphic Sweater

Thursday February 21, 2013 by Alexandra C.

When comfortable pieces of clothing become fashionable, I'm happy. I'm still secretly awaiting the time when 90's baggy overalls come back in style. 

So when designers like Jeremy Scott, Kenzo for Opening Ceremony and Balenciaga all showed sweatshirts in their fall/winter 2012 collections, I was on board. It helped that these weren't your run of the mill, plain Jane sweatshirts. These were bold, colourful, patterned and quirky sweatshirts that gave some serious edge. 

Street style stars even proved that the graphic sweater was wearable at fashion week: 

While it's super chic on these ladies, we're still unconvinced that the graphic sweater works in everyday life. Maybe done with the right combo of clothing and paired down with denim or solid trousers? 
These celebrities jumped on the bandwagon too and interpreted the trend in a more wearable way (except those sunnies, Rihanna?):

(left to right) Taylor Swift, Rihanna 

(left to right) Alexa Chung, Miley Cyrus 

So, what's your take? Is this a flash in the pan type of fad or will this one stick around for a few seasons? 

If you're hooked on the graphic sweater, here are a few options we think would fit nicely into any wardrobe: 

1. Romwe "Paris" Eiffel Tower Grey Pullover (US$31.99, on sale)

2. Zara Plush T-Shirt (C$59.90)

3. Old Navy Lightweight Graphic Sweaters (C$25.00, on sale) 

4. Forever 21 Minnie Mouse Cupcake Pullover (C$23.80)

5. Markus Lupfer Lips Knit (UK$299.00)

6. Asos Sweatshirt in 101 Dalmatians Print (C$53.12) 

I like the comfort aspect but I have my doubts about it's longevity. What do you think chicks? Would you wear the graphic sweater? 

(images via openingceremony.us, becauseimaddicted.net, designyoutrust.com, stylepile.com, lookbook.nu, thetrendreport.gr)

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on April 07, 2015  Sora  2,181 said:

These are awesome, I love them.

on November 26, 2014  glumbumble  7,555 said:

I've always loved graphic sweaters and tees. Sometimes they can be over the top though, depending on what graphic is depicted and how large and bold the image is. I love Taylor Swift's sweater, hate Rhianna's.

on February 28, 2013  lindsaycyr  1,770 said:

I think some of them are sort of cute, but I honestly can't picture myself wearing anything like this.

on February 28, 2013  Racenhawk  2,544 said:

not my bag

on February 27, 2013  shanaz  5,000 said:

It looks somewhat tacky and seems to be for a 20's and under age group. However, to lounge at home or run errands in this would be cozy and effortless.

on February 27, 2013  Jessica Denomme said:


I'm LOVING graphic sweaters. I especially love Romwe pullover you've featured. Tips to all: Forever 21 always has a great selection of graphic sweaters...on the cheap!

Jessica Denomme

on February 27, 2013  anchorend  237 said:

I'm totally digging it. Super easy way to still look cute but not have to put in too much effort

on February 27, 2013  Kaylynn said:

I'm totally digging it. Super easy way to still look cute but not have to put in too much effort.

on February 25, 2013  Becky  12,848 said:

Love the graphic sweater! I think an oversized sweater with leggings look amazing and flatters most figures

on February 22, 2013  Melly said:

I think they're so fun and can certainly be stylish when worn properly. It's definitely a better look when worn with a tailored bottom (skirt, pants or shorts) - not track pants that will just make you look like you didn't care about how you'd look that day!! I've jumped on the bandwagon and gotten a couple of graphic sweaters, worn with jeans or a skirt with wedge sneakers or boots, I've gotten a couple of compliments so I think it's working...

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