How to Style Graphic Sweaters Without Looking Like a Slob

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I may have mentioned this in multiple previous posts, but I live in Nebraska where it gets darn cold. Polar Vortex has nothing on me. This can pose a problem, however, for those of us who actually want to spend the winter looking like the well put together individuals we are.

A huge trend for the winter has been graphic sweaters or sweatshirts, especially in the over-sized variety. My favorite way to wear them is to pair them with a black legging, a riding boot and head out the door – almost zero effort. But for those of us who want to look a little bit more polished, I put together two looks that are not only adorable, but will keep you warm during the winter. These staples will also seamlessly transition into Spring, so you get more bang for your buck.

Ready To Learn

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I love, love, love this outfit because it looks so polished, but it’s still pretty comfy. A simple black pair of jeans will dress up any look, and black is a universal color. I know the pair I grabbed from Polyvore is a little pricey, but I like to think of jeans as a long-term investment. The quirky “Harvard” graphic sweatshirt will let your teachers know that you’re here to learn! By pairing it with a Peter Pan collared shirt like I did here, or by cheating and buying a Peter Pan necklace, you give off a preppy, studious vibe.

You might even roll up the sleeves of the sweater to display some of the white shirt underneath if it gets a little warmer. For shoes, I picked these fold over combat boots, a huge winter trend. I liked the camel color as a nice contrast against the dark jeans, plus the patten on the inside is super adorable. I would probably deck my arm out in a nice big wristwatch and a few bangles and be out the door.

Girls Night Out

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Going out on the town in subzero temperatures is excruciating, but this look makes that just a little bit easier. A big trend for winter was leather skater skirts, so I paired that with this graphic knit sweater from Madewell. Tuck the sweater into the high-rise skirt for a look that complements almost every body type. The different textures between the leather and the knit on the skirt also help show distinction between the two piece, and mixing textures is “so big right now.” For a pop of color, I added these maroon tights and paired them with my favorite winter staple – the ankle boot.

My main goal when shopping for clothes is versatility, and while I love the comfort of sweaters, I know it’s hard to find things that go with them without looking sloppy. With these tools in hand, I think comfy yet cute is making a revolution.

Molly is a senior journalism/English major at a school you haven’t heard of in a state you haven’t heard of. She’s obsessed with Chandler Bing, English bulldogs, and cheese. Follow her on twitter @mollymahannah, or check out her website for more fashion and beauty tips

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