How to Style a Hoodie Without Looking Like a College Student

It CAN be done.

There is, I wager, one of these balled up in your dresser right now: 1) A hoodie you bought from the school bookstore for twice the recommended retail price and 2) A drug rug. Wherever you got it, it probably hasn't left the house since your last hung-over fast food run—which is a shame because hooded sweatshirts can look polished, intentional, and even...kinda sophisticated. Don't buy it? We've got 12 rather compelling pieces of evidence right here.
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An easy fix for a fashion-y skirt
We've all got those pieces we're drawn to but can't quite figure out for our day-to-day lives. No. 21 Fall 2015 has the solution: Pair an intricately printed skirt and snakeskin boots with a thick fleece hoodie, the likes of which are sold at hunting and fishing stores.
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This isn't an office dress—it's a cool office dress
Timo Weiland Spring 2015's got the right idea for dressing (for a less-strict office): Instead of a cardigan or denim jacket, pull on a Baja surf hoodie over your grown-up-lady sheath. Adulthood?
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Go big or go home
Rihanna doesn't do anything halfway—not even hoodies. Here, she's wearing a floral Christopher Kane sweatsuit (with Manolos, no less) and walking in close proximity to another human being in full-body flowers.
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Get thee to a tailor
For Spring 2015, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno cleverly gave an ultra-casual garment the investment-piece treatment by cropping the arms for a swingy, check-out-my-Cartier-Tank-watch effect. The subtle stripes on stripes don't hurt either.
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All white, all white, all white
Even if you have no desire to get your hands on this Céline Spring 2011 hooded Snuggie, you can at least appreciate the instant-chic quality of one color worn HTT. (This in real life would look like a regularly proportioned white hoodie, white jeans, and maybe some Common Projects.) Again, black does not count.
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Embrace the Baja hoodie's history
Yes, this is a man—but he's a Saint Laurent man, meaning you can totally steal his clothes because Hedi Slimane made them that way. In this case, Slimane gives credo to the drug rug's hippie roots with the carelessly tied scarf-cape and the Harry Styles hat.
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Speak softly and get a loud coat
Let Alexa Chung demonstrate Celebrity Dressing Secret #845 for you: If you've got to be out of the house in five, keep a statement coat handy and wear whatever you want underneath—including a hoodie.
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Bumming-around uniform + heels = ready to go
Gayle Spannaus, who probably styled this J.Crew Fall 2014 look, comes from The Carrie Bradshaw School of Thought, which believes a heel can make any mishmash of clothing An Outfit. They would both be right.
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The naughtiest schoolgirl
This Proenza Schouler Resort 2012 look is kind of like a Girl Scout who's earned her New Cuisinesbadge, if you know what I mean. I like the buttoned-up-ness of her oxford and pleated skirt with the super-relaxed drug rug. I also like how the strings make a built-in bow tie.
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Keep an outfit from becoming too sexy (yes, that is a thing)
For a girl whose M.O. is Not Caring, Cara Delevingne can put together a rather cerebral outfit: The T-shirt and winged Jeremy Scott hoodie keep the nighttime half of the ensemble—the Daisy Dukes and over-the-knee boots—from becoming too Pretty Woman.
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No-brainer print-mixing
So much good stuff in one Proenza Schouler Resort 2011 look: 1) Print-mix monochromatic shorts and a shirt. 2) Throw on a clashing-but-still-complementary Baja hoodie. 3) Roll up the sleeves to show off your handiwork. 4) Glower like Fei Fei Sun because too many people will want to know where you learned to dress so well. *cough* MarieClaire.com *cough*
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Un-stuffy-fy an evening look
Just ignore the frozen pizza she's hidden under her shirt, because this girl from the J.Crew Fall 2015 presentation's like, "Oh, this? I just stopped at the skate park on my way to a cocktail party because my outfit was too fancy."
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