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Hoodie sweatshirt with a side of sequins

I’m usually fairly trend-resistant.  In fact, I hate to have on what everyone else has on!  Because of the blog, I spend a lot of time on Instagram, and if I see the same item in my Instagram feed more than five times, I’m DONE!  OVER!  BORED!  with it (don’t get me started on the Bella Freud ‘1970’ jumper that has spread like a flu virus this winter).

The oversized Vetements hoodie sweatshirts have appeared a few times in my feed, but not enough to cause me major trend fatigue.  On the contrary, the idea of wearing a huge sweatshirt (oh, the cosiness!) as a dress really grew on me.  I first noticed one on mega-blogger Chiara Ferragni at New York Fashion Week.

Vetements Chiaraimage credit: The Blonde Salad

Then RiRi wore one many times… dressed up with strappy heels, dressed way down with pool slides, and in the middle with sneakers from her Puma line, as seen here.

vetements hoodie RihannaImage credit: Daily Mail

Rita Ora wore this fabulous Vetements slogan hoodie dress with their signature sock boots while out and about in New York.

hoodie sweatshirtImage credit: W Magazine

I’m not about to pay Vetements prices for a sweatshirt, so I snooped around on a few of my favourite cheap and cheerful websites to see what I could find.  I found this very simple one on ASOS.  Then this slightly fancier one with a ribboned sleeve detail on Topshop.  But on SheIn I found the perfect sweatshirt hoodie dress for me… black with a silver sequin Eiffel tower.  The idea of sequins, Paris, and a sweatshirt all coming together in a cozy dress format was too much for me to resist, et voila, here it is.  I’m wearing it to slouch around on the weekends, to pop over gym gear on chilly mornings, and to do the school run in.  NOBODY needs to see my white legs in the dead of winter, so right now I’m wearing it with Wolford tights and some worn-in (on the verge of being worn-out) old Rag and Bone boots.  In slightly warmer weather, I think it would look super with bare legs and these Isabel Marant boots which I am absolutely dying to have.

Eiffel tower hoodie

Sequinist hoodie

Hoodie dress: SheIn  Boots: Rag & Bone Newbury  Sunnies: ZeroUV

 

The man responsible for this oversized sweatshirt trend (I really hate that word, ‘trend’) is Demna Gvasalia.  If you don’t know who he is, here’s a summary.  Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia, he shot to fashion fame after graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and working at prestigious Maison Martin Margiela and Louis Vuitton.  The 35 year old Gvasalia has a very disruptive angle on fashion, and founded Vetements as a way to channel his vision, working alongside a handful of anonymous designers on his team.  He takes inspiration from a small group of friends who are focused on clothes being fun, irreverent, and reflective of modern street culture.  Luxury brand Kering (who owns Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Boucheron, and Saint Laurent, among others) appointed him to run Balenciaga as well, so he splits his time equally between edgy Vetements and more traditional Balenciaga.  Gvasalia is nothing if not unpredictable, so his recent Vetements show opened with a genteel older woman in a fur coat, the polar opposite of the club-kids culture he is known for (read about him on the Vetements website if you’re curious).  Just like Alessandro Michele at Gucci, he is changing the way fashion defines beauty and the way fashion houses ‘dictate’ beauty to consumers.  So far, he’s riffed on the DHL delivery uniform, the Champion sports logo, Juicy Couture, hipster tartan, and police uniforms… not exactly what we usually associate with high fashion.  He revels in being ‘alternative’ and unsettling.  I’m just glad that he made a sweatshirt dress a ‘thing’ and I wonder why no one ever did this before?!  I may need another (I’m thinking something pastel) for spring.  How about you?  Is this something you’d wear either as loungewear or out and about?

 

Linking to: notdressedaslamb, notdeadyetstyle, elegantlydressedandstylish, stylesplash, fashionshouldbefun

 

 

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  • Reply
    rachel
    February 5, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    I don’t mind trends, but I can’t stand ugly clothes and unfortunatley to me at least most of those Vetements items fall into that category. I fear I sound like an out of touch oldie but I feel completely ‘Emperors New Clothes’ about the DHL T Shirt! Though it was tempting to mug our regular delivery guy for his and flog it on eBay to whatever fool would buy it. Or perhaps get ahead of next trend and strip the UPS man of his brown 2 piece and see if that catches on!

    Your sweatshirt however is fab – being longer and slimmer cut its much more elegant looking and the Eiffel Tower is perfect. I’d definitely wear one like that for casual days and trips to the park.

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      Lisa
      February 5, 2017 at 2:38 PM

      I completely agree with your thoughts, Rachel. A lot of Vetements’ clothes are subversive for the sake of being subversive rather than being ‘artistic’. LOL at your idea of being ahead of the trend and swiping a UPS uniform 🙂

      Let me know if you get a sweatshirt dress. There are some nice ones around! xx

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    RetroChicMama
    February 5, 2017 at 2:15 PM

    Although I’m not a fan of Vetements I adore your Eiffel Tower hoodie homage to it! In fact I don’t believe the hoodie wasn’t made for you personally Lisa 😉 You always manage to make every look your own – You own it!
    Thanks for the link to Vetements I found their article about the upcycled double fur absolutely fascinating. As for the Silver haired Madame Milanesa, Brava Belladonna!
    Always enlightening Madame Sparkles xxx

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      Lisa
      February 5, 2017 at 2:41 PM

      Awww, thank you Michelle. I’m glad you like the sweatshirt dress. The linked article is good, no? I’m fascinated by Demna, even if I don’t love everything he designs. My heart and soul remain with the aesthetic of Gucci and Valentino right now! xx

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    Jan Sugar
    February 5, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    The sweatshirt is you, dollink. I love it; yes, I’d wear it. Nothing better than comf and cute. I’d love to justify the Eiffel Tower on mine but I think I’d have to have Chicago’s Water Tower instead.

    • Reply
      Lisa
      February 5, 2017 at 2:43 PM

      Thank you! And, that’s a great business idea you have there Jan! Can you imagine a range of iconic city buildings on sweatshirt dresses? xx

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    robjodiefilogomo
    February 5, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    It is a conundrum….on one hand it’s perfect to have fun with our clothing, but on the other hand, this style seems the opposite of flattering. Not that flattering is the all important factor—but…..
    I think the way to make this great, is like you have done. Keep the rest of the outfit more dressy and form fitting. I think if you had paired this with distressed jeans & tennies, it’d have looked too sloppy for my taste!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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      Lisa
      February 5, 2017 at 6:20 PM

      Don’t worry, you’re unlikely to ever see me in distressed jeans, Jodie 🙂 Never say never, but it isn’t likely! Some of the unflattering Vetements pieces remind of 90’s grunge/heroin chic, where the aim was to make you look as wrecked as possible. It is hard to wear for our generation! xx

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    LA CONTESSA
    February 5, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    YEARS AGO I Made this my OUTFIT……..a long skirt to the grown with a sweatshirt on TOP!I loved my LOOK and would cut out the neckline like the ballet dancers DO OR DID!I have to say I haveNOT SEEN THIS ANYWHERE but Iam NOT A STYLE BLOGGER……………YES< I would wear over pants not as a dress.I just do not DO SHORT ANYTHING.HAS To cover the behind for me…………..I DO LIKE THE IDEA as it would be SO COMFORTABLE.
    ARE YOU WARM ENOUGH TO WEAR THAT NOW??????
    I owe you and email!THIS WEEK!
    XX

    • Reply
      Lisa
      February 5, 2017 at 6:18 PM

      I’m just *barely* warm enough to wear this without a coat on some days. It is supposed to get cold later this week, so I’ll be all layered up again shortly, I’m sure. Your ballerina sweatshirt with a long skirt sounds absolutely glorious, and makes me want to try that! Can’t wait to see you in a few months. xx

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    Nancy
    February 5, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    I only wear a hoodie at the gym.and even then I hate it. Haha, it looks good on you but on me it looks hidious!

    • Reply
      Lisa
      February 5, 2017 at 6:15 PM

      Thanks Nancy! I find hoodies so useful with London’s unpredictable weather. I always forget an umbrella and a hoodie sometimes comes in handy 🙂 xx

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        Nancy
        February 5, 2017 at 6:29 PM

        You are right about that!

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    Jessica
    February 5, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Lisa, I have been looking at athleisure wear lately and have just purchased 2 pairs of stylish sneakers, so the idea does appeal to me, as I’m not always looking to dress up, especially on weekends! I love the sparkly Eiffel Tower and do like this more streamlined cut! Love that you styled it with gorgeous boots! Looks great
    Jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      February 5, 2017 at 6:14 PM

      Thanks so much, Jess! It sounds like you may have a sweatshirt dress in your future. xx

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    No Fear of Fashion
    February 5, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    Oh yes I can understand the attraction, comfortable, Paris and sequins haha. That is you. It is a lovely thing and you definitely need those Isabel Marant boots with it. They will be soooo good. Well spotted.
    Greetje

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      No Fear of Fashion
      February 5, 2017 at 9:21 PM

      They don’t have those boots in many sizes anymore…. hurry.

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        Lisa
        February 5, 2017 at 11:11 PM

        I know, and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!!! xx

    • Reply
      Lisa
      February 5, 2017 at 11:12 PM

      I’m loving having something so easy to wear, and I agree about the boots 🙂 They look like future classics to me. xx

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    Patti
    February 5, 2017 at 11:41 PM

    I love this fun and funky look – La Tour Eiffel and those fabulous boots! Thanks for linking, xo

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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      Lisa
      February 6, 2017 at 1:33 PM

      Thank you, Patti! xx

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    sevnmit
    February 6, 2017 at 1:09 AM

    I trust you in all things fashion (I purchased that floral overlay dress from ASOS which I loved but which was too small) but not sure about a sweatshirt dress. Does it ride up?? Those weird sock boots though, I just adore.

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      Lisa
      February 6, 2017 at 1:36 PM

      Oh, great, thank you! Yes, everything from ASOS seems to run small; I always order a size up. Keep an eye on ASOS, sometimes they re-stock popular items.

      The sweatshirt dress is loose enough that it hangs and doesn’t ride up. It has two slits on the side which keep it from creeping. I’m crazy about those sock boots too; I loved the light blue ones. xx

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    Abby@Midlifecrisisnut
    February 6, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    Oh La La! You would have many Parisians to melt in this look, Lisa! So glittery, so short and so hot! Its the first time I actually see a sexy hoodie dress, usually they’re too oversized, not showing any curves at all. Rocking the look Lady! xx Abby

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      Lisa
      February 6, 2017 at 8:13 PM

      Thank you so much, lovely Abby! I’ll be getting in touch with you soon about some Paris dates in April! xx

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    Anastasia Nicole
    February 7, 2017 at 12:58 AM

    While I’m not a fan of Vetements, I think it’s overpriced normcore, I love this sweatshirt on you. I’ve been looking for the perfect oversized sweatshirt for me and I think a sweatshirt dress is def the move.

    xx Anatasia

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      Lisa
      February 9, 2017 at 2:23 PM

      I totally agree with you, Anastasia. About 90% of Vetements is very Emperors New Clothes in my view, but there are a few winners. I’d NEVER pay Vetements prices for any of their clothes, though. I can see you rocking a monochrome sweatshirt dress 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    glenda
    February 8, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    I’m off to find a hoodie dress…thanks to Lisa!

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      Lisa
      February 9, 2017 at 2:20 PM

      Oh, good! I think you’d be amazing in one, Glenda! Although lucky you, it may be too warm to wear for your spring weather in CA. xx

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    Stella Asteria
    February 9, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    So much love for this look and hoodie with Eiffel Tower my dear Lisa! And yes I would love to wear this look exactly as it is! Thank you for sharing all this information, I go right away to Vetements website! 🙂 Happy almost Friday!

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      Lisa
      February 9, 2017 at 2:19 PM

      Thank you, lovely Stella! Happy almost Friday to you! xx

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    Emma Peach
    February 10, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    The Eiffel Tower, sequins and comfort is a perfect combination. I’m not keen on Rita’s or Rihanna’s look but I love how you’re wearing the hoodie sweatshirt dress. I’m tempted to get one. You look gorgeous as always Lisa!

    Emma xxx
    www. style-splash.com

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      Lisa
      February 10, 2017 at 10:55 PM

      Thanks so much Emma! It is a perfect school run outfit, that is for sure! xx

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    Samantha Blair
    February 10, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    I LOVE a sweatshirt as a dress!
    And this look is right up my street. Boots, cosy tights and half sloppy/cosy, half chic/sparkly sweatshirt dress. PERFECT.
    Rita’s look is super-cool too….if only I had her amazing legs and clothing budget….hmmmmm…can I get her voice too please? Hehehehe
    A great look Lisa!
    XXX
    Sam

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      Lisa
      February 10, 2017 at 10:56 PM

      So glad you like this look too, Sam! You might be the only person who is as boot-crazy as I am. I’m forever admiring the ones you wear! xx

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    notdressedaslamb
    February 11, 2017 at 12:20 PM

    Lisa why have I never seen sweatshirt dresses before – this is GENIUS!! Just the perfect combination of comfort and style – your find couldn’t have been more perfect for you, the sequinned Tour Eiffel is fabulous!!

    Catherine x
    http://notdressedaslamb.com

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      Lisa
      February 11, 2017 at 7:57 PM

      Aren’t they a great idea?! I was so pleased to find mine. Now I need a pastel one for spring! xx

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    dawnlucy
    February 15, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    So fun! Love this, Lisa! Thanks for linking up too!

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.com

    • Reply
      Lisa
      February 18, 2017 at 7:10 PM

      Thanks Dawn! xx

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