Take a look at just about any list or roundup of essential wardrobe items and you’re bound to see a heather grey cotton crew neck sweatshirt included. There’s a reason for that. Actually, there are a few. It’s a classic piece with a comfortable, casual, and understated style that is second to none. Here’s one way to wear it.

Sweatshirt Smart Casual - He Spoke Style

I talk a lot about making sure you’ve got your closet stocked with great basics. Basic wardrobe items are valuable for their utility as well as their versatility. A crew neck sweatshirt is a great example of this kind of casual staple.

We all know it in its athletic context as something to throw on when heading to the gym or out for a jog, but if you’ve chosen one with a trimmer fit—sizing down or not being scared to throw it in the dryer are also options—it can easily be a great-looking smart casual piece. Worn over a button-down and paired with chinos and some white sneakers—three other essentials—and you’ve got a perfect everyday look. Simple style defined.

Sweatshirt Smart Casual - He Spoke Style

Remember that style doesn’t mean having to go all out (or overboard) with details, and also, that there is a big distinction between being subtle and being “clever.” Often, the simplest outfits can be the most stylish. Why? Because there’s an ease to these kinds of looks. Navy suit, white button-up, white pocket square, brown loafers. Other than a watch and maybe some shades, do you really need anything else for that to look great?

Sweatshirt Smart Casual - He Spoke Style

| WEARING | Levi’s sweatshirt, J.Crew shirt and chinos, Belt c/o Coach, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Timex watch, Common Projects sneakers (last seen HERE and HERE) | PHOTOGRAPHY | by Rob McIver Photo.

Sweatshirt Smart Casual - He Spoke Style

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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