Guide to the Vintage Sweatshirt

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Fast fashion is out

The rejection of unsustainable consumerism and wearing clothes that frankly lack any real originality is a radical shift. And it's no surprise that this activism, of sorts, bubbled up through the universities. 

The Vintage Renaissance

When we use the phrase ‘Vintage’ within the context of the last ten years it could be easy to mistake it for the baby booming A-line skirts and gingham patterns. But with the student demographic averaging between 18-21 years old and having little concept of fashion-past, all the trends from the 80s and 90s look new again.
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This is more than just a search for affordable lecture-wear because while vintage fashion is typically second-hand, it still struggles to compete with the dirt-cheap fast fashion offerings. There’s something more at play.
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With fashion trends continually recycling, the way we think about vintage clothing has switched from trash to treasure. Who knew flared jeans and tie-dye were ever going to come back in style?
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The long-wearing potential of quality garments looking to find a new home, the one-of-a-kind individuality of designs that capture an era-gone-by in a way a knockoff never could. Vintage has a charm, and students are harnessing it for self-expression.
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The aim is simple: carefree, classic and creative clothing.


Enter, The Humble Sweatshirt

By far one of the most versatile pieces of vintage apparel has to be the pullover sweatshirt. Whether it be minimal with its lowkey branding or flaunt graphic illustrations, a vintage sweatshirt harbours instant appeal.
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To wear vintage is not to always look vintage. Mixing an 80s sweatshirt with a pair of contemporary trainers creates a clash of cultures, granting the second-hand piece a new life.
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There are certain stereotypes of vintage sweatshirt wearers that can either offer great inspiration or an ‘avoid’ list of styling.
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Students are an obvious subject. Effortless and unique, they throw a sweatshirt on, brush their teeth and be out the door. And as for what fit students choose, the oversized sweatshirt is a favourite. While it sounds unshapely, it’s the perfect no-fuss garment.
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Sweatshirts gracefully fall over all lumps and bumps hiding a multitude of beer belly and takeaway sins and, as it tapers in at the collar and wrists, doesn’t cause any mobility issues – no one enjoys dipping their sleeve in their food.
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While you may imagine students alone hold the rights to sweatshirt wearing, truthfully, there’s a style for everybody.
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The rebirth of fashion brands may have something to do with some highly coveted sweatshirts. While Champion may claim ownership for the clothing style (originally marketed for 1930’s factory workers in freezing upstate New York), it’s brands such as Adidas and Puma that rank favourably with the vintage markets.
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Disney apparel is a crowd-pleaser too. Exhibiting embroidered or printed nods to beloved animations that reconnect the wearer with their childhood. Living in a society that is relentlessly and rapidly changing, Disney sweatshirts ground fashion in the ‘good-ole-days’.
And not forgetting, the various Varsity offerings which, aside from hinting that you studied at Oxford in a previous life, are about as unique and preppy as it can get. 
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There Are No Rules When It Comes to Styling

Dependant on the fit and style they can be dressed up (think: upmarket brand and toned down colours) or a corner-shop classic outfit (think: vibrant and oversized and giving off that just-rolled-out-of-bed vibe).
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Where practicality and fashion mix is the sportswear genre. Relaxed silhouettes and colourful fabrics are hallmarks of 21st-century sportswear. Exactly the type of feel that so many vintage sweatshirts supply, which makes them the perfect companion for a cohesive sport-chic look.
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When deciding which to buy, throw your regular size and gender department out the window. Choosing sweatshirts boils down to one mantra: bigger is better.
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Size up one, two or three sizes. After all, if it's big enough to protect your modesty, that sweatshirt could be your one-and-done garment for the day… and who doesn’t love a little bit of extra comfiness?
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Should You Cop A Vintage Sweat?

Decade after decade, sweatshirts are being revamped to suit the fashion taste of the times, but often with diminishing uniqueness and quality.
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Vintage sweatshirts provide a one-of-a-kind experience, a reference to iconic designs and an item of clothing that is unmatched in modern wardrobes.
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To really determine if you're meant to be the proud owner the formidable sweatshirt, check out OneOff's range of vintage sweatshirts. They've got truly one-off (if you'll pardon the pun) pieces, ranging from sportswear, to Disney, to American college. Browse away until your heart is content.

If you're looking to take your add a bit of versatility when rocking a sweatshirt checkout our guide to nailing the oversized look.

 
 

For more fashion news and updates, stay tuned to OneOff Vintage.

Also, we stock a stunning range of vintage sweatshirts and vintage jumpers. So if a vintage Nike spellout or low key Ralph Lauren small logo sweatshirt is what you're after checkout our full range. We usually stock a mix of Nike, Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and much much more.

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