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 September 09, 2015  Kylee  37,439 said:

Yes! I already own a lot of graphic sweaters, I think they are really adorable and add flare to any pair of jeans. I think that all of the sweaters shown are SO cute, I'm really digging the one with Bart all over it.

on April 07, 2015  Sora  2,197 said:

These are awesome, I love them.

on November 26, 2014  glumbumble  7,563 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

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