The Best Sweatshirts for Stylishly Comfortable Travel
While I admire celebs who courageously embrace six-inch stilettos and silk dresses as their ensemble of choice for a 10-hour trans-Atlantic flight, I think the majority of us regular folk prefer something more casual and TSA-friendly.
But I have to admit, while my favorite scruffy jeans/baggy t-shirt combo is a convenient travel attire, it also becomes a source of embarrassment the minute I set foot in another public place that's not the airport. While picking a travel outfit takes two seconds, you realize the importance of versatile pieces when faced with the possibility of heading to dinner straight from the airport.
And when it comes to functional clothing, a good sweatshirt can do wonders for you—both on and off the plane.
Thanks to fashion's embrace of athleisure, the sweatshirt has been moved from the activewear department to the ready-to-wear section of department stores. What makes a sweatshirt perfect for both travel and leisure? A cool design and comfortable cut.
While it will keep you warm and cozy during your trip, it will also have you looking stylish once you get off the plane. Just pair it with a leather skirt or tailored trousers and you're ready to hit the town. You don't even have to wear heels—a pair of espadrilles or cool sneakers will do.
We've rounded up the chicest sweatshirts, for both men and women, that will amp up your airport style without sacrificing comfort.
You think there's nothing interesting about a grey cotton sweatshirt? Think again. Burberry has reinvented this off-duty staple and the result is so chic. Sometimes all you need is a slight adjustment to make a statement piece, and the bell sleeves of this sweatshirt speak volumes (pun intended).
To buy: nordstrom.com, $295
This high-neck jersey sweatshirt looks so cozy and warm we'd probably wear it every day. And let's not forget that the bold colorblock design is Beyonce-approved. Pair it with your favorite skinny pants and you are ready for take off.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $58
PS by Paul Smith
British designer Paul Smith knows a thing or two about tailoring and men's fashion—it's basically what his business was founded on. And this sweatshirt proves it—a clean elegant design made from high-quality organic cotton will keep you warm and comfy while on the go. Wear it with dark jeans and a white pair of sneakers for a classic look.
To buy: asos.com, $128
The off-the-shoulder trend continues to reign supreme over fashion runways and street style It girls. And we love Varley's sporty version of it—the funnel neck and loose silhouette look so sleek and modern, while the revealing shoulder detail adds just the right amount of sexy.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $110
This sweatshirt is not only made from soft and warm scuba jersey but it is also crease-resistant. And that makes it the ultimate travel-friendly piece of clothing—even if you pack it in a suitcase, you won't have to iron it afterward. We love the patch effect that the multicolor appliqué leather panels create on its front.
To buy: mrporter.com, $250
Hemant and Nandita
A little sparkle never hurt nobody, right?! This classic grey sweatshirt got an haute update and we love the result. The embellishments around the neckline give you a card blanche to take it from the airport to a trendy bar, without having to stop at your hotel to change. Pair it with a pencil leather skirt and booties for the ultimate cool girl look.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $161
McQ Alexander McQueen
McQ is Alexander McQueen's younger-in-spirit and lower-in-price sister line. But you can expect the same extravagant design aesthetic with a penchant for pushing boundaries. Here, the classic silhouette of this dark sweatshirt is only the backdrop for a seriously cool colorblock print that features wings and pops of pink and red.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $270
We all know what a classic Breton blue-and-white stripe marinière shirt looks like but this être cécile sweatshirt is so much cooler. While they have kept the iconic design, the red Pop Art-inspired sun across the front adds a contemporary feel to it.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $180
While this grey sweatshirt lacks the loose cut that most sweatshirts have, we promise you it's just as comfortable. The regular fit actually looks more formal and not as sporty. The contrast chest pocket is what sold us on it—this small detail makes all the difference.
To buy: asos.com, $44
Ever since designer Jeremy Scott took the reins at Italian brand Moschino, people can't get enough of it. The face print of this classic black sweatshirt is playful and the shades are so vivid. If you're looking to add some bold color and comfort to your outfit, then you've come to the right place.
To buy: farfetch.com, $325
Sometimes a subtle gleam just doesn't cut it. Make a bold statement and turn heads in this metallic sweatshirt by Topshop Boutique. The boxy silhouette is simple but then again with a sparkle so bright you don't need anything more complicated.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $125
McQ Alexander McQueen
Gentlemen, repeat after me: I can pull off florals. And you can make the first step with this bold McQ sweatshirt. It's easy to wear and looks insanely cool. Made from 100 percent cotton, it has a semi-fitted cut, which means it's not as baggy and loose as a regular sweatshirt.
To buy: mrporter.com, $315
Who knew something as simple as a sleeve print can elevate a basic white sweatshirt to a total object of desire? We'd wear it with a pair of black leather pants to add a bit of a rock 'n roll vibe to it.
To buy: farfetch.com, $237
Relaxed fit, dropped shoulders, and a classic crew neck are usually common denominators of all sweatshirts. But this one takes it up a notch with its fiery red color and slashed sleeves. The design is so striking that you don't need to do a whole lot more to style it—a simple pair of blue jeans would suffice.
To buy: asos.com, $68
Dear gentlemen, you have a special delivery from Italy with Love. This sweatshirt has a classic cut but the colorblock design makes it so much cooler. And we love the fact that it's made from 100 percent cotton which means it'll keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
To buy: farfetch.com, $214