Graphic Sweatshirts under $25 (and how to style them)

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Not too long ago, I bought inexpensive hanes sweatshirts, two sizes too big, and cut the bottoms off to make a “fashionable” sweatshirt. Ahh the 90s were fun. So, when I read in In Style magazine that sweatshirts will be a new Fall trend, I squeed a little. When I read that there are simple ways to dress them up so you don’t look like a complete slob when out and about, I squeed a lot. I have a thing for sweaters, especially “Cosby” ones, so finding fun and chic graphic sweathirts was a challenge I fully accepted. I kept with the frugal fashion mantra and found 10 under 25 dollars. Plus, I found a pullover sweatshirt and styled it to show how you can easily dress up this trend. Here are some tips on how to take the graphic sweatshirt trend to the next level.

Graphic Sweatshirts under 25 dollars

Pair Graphic Sweatshirts with Stylish Pants

If you know what’s good for you, you’ll stay far away from pairing these with yoga pants and sneakers. You want to give off casual on top, but pulled together and awesome on the bottom. Grab you favorite pair of skinny or straight jeans, and add in a pair of pointy-toe heels, riding boots, or booties.

Top heavy? Stick with thinner fabrics

As fun and stylish these graphic sweats are, they’re still sweatshirts. For top heavy vixens, a thick fabric may make you look like a linebacker. Find a thinner material that will flatter your silhouette but keep you comfortable.

Layer your sweats with chambray

Since these have ample room in them, they are perfect for layering. You could wear your favorite tank underneath, but why not amp it up with a chambray shirt? A graphic sweatshirt in a muted color, paired with a medium wash chambray shirt and bright colored pants would be a cool outfit for running around town or lunch with friends.

Keep it loose on the bottom

Find graphic sweatshirts that are either cut shorter in the front and longer in the back, or have a looser fit around the bottom. This style is flattering for everyone and you won’t be mistaken for the crazy cat lady that wears those tight band sweats from Wally World.

Try short sleeves

I was surprised at how much I loved the short-sleeved graphic sweatshirts. They provide a great detail that is unexpected. Short sleeve graphic sweatshirts are perfect for a pre-fall style and for next spring. Fashionistas that live in warmer climates can rock the short-sleeve sweatshirts at night or on cooler days in the Fall.

Dress it up!

Yes, you can dress up a graphic sweatshirt for a date night or girls night out. Pair it with a pencil skirt or flattering shorts, and wear with stilettos or platform heels. Add a sparkly necklace, some cute earrings, and you’re good to go.

Pullover Sweatshirt Fall outfit

Here’s a quick outfit I put together with this Navy inspired pullover from She Inside. I love pairing navy blue with a light brown accessories and obviously this is reflected in the outfit.

Will you try the graphic sweatshirt trend this season?

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  1. 8.30.13

    That’s a great deal and love that navy blue combination with the light brown accessories. I am definitely gonna give it a try!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Can’t wait to see what sweatshirt you pick, Myrah!

  2. 8.30.13
    Lisa said:

    I love graphic sweatshirts!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Me too, Lisa! 😀

  3. 8.30.13
    Carrie said:

    Love this! I was a child of the 80’s and this is a gorgeous way to bring back that fun trend. And that last set with the outfit and accessories is stunning!

  4. 8.30.13

    These are some great ideas for wearing sweatshirts! I love how comfy and warm they are, but can never seen to make them look right to wear out of the house!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      I hear ya, Alaina. I hope some of these tips help you find a great sweatshirt for fall!

  5. 8.30.13

    very stylish and pretty! Looks great for the pricing!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Thank you!

  6. 8.30.13
    Shanaka said:

    I love wearing sweatshirts. I also adore those brown boots. I’m ready for fall all ready 🙂

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Same here! I keep staring at my boots and whisper to them ” soon my precious, soon.” 😀

  7. 8.30.13
    Lauryn said:

    LOVE this! I am always seeing graphic sweatshirts but seem to pass them up because I can’t really picture what I would do with them. Thanks for laying it out!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      You’re so welcome, Lauryn!

  8. 8.30.13

    What a fun post. And I LOVE those boots!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Thanks Jo-Lynne!

  9. 8.30.13

    I definitely want to try this trend! My daughter has a couple that are so adorable and they are super modern. 🙂

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      I love the idea of a mother daughter spin on graphic sweatshirts, Anna! I hope you create a post around it.

  10. 8.30.13
    Brandi said:

    The spike jewelry definitely adds flare to the outfit. Super cute for fall!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Thanks Brandi! I think I might be starting a slight addiction to spikey jewelry :D.

  11. 8.30.13

    This is the one look from the Flashdance years that I am happy to see coming back.

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Hahaha! Yes, Jessica! The leg warmers already came back (and left, thank goodness), so it’s the sweatshirt’s turn.

  12. 8.30.13
    Renee said:

    Graphic tee, I should try to incorporate them, at least not only using them when I am sleeping or cleaning hehe 🙂

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Ha! That’s what is exciting me, Renee. I can possibly wear a comfortable sweatshirt OUTSIDE the house this fall. There’s a first time for everything!

  13. 8.30.13
    Joelle said:

    fall is in the air. what a fun post. love the skinny jeans with boots! definitely will look into short sleeve graphic sweatshirts this fall too!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Thanks Joelle!

  14. 8.31.13
    Jamie said:

    Love those boots and the bracelet! I am not crazy about sweatshirts but love that Paris theme one!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      I hear ya, Jamie. I think that’s why I gravitated to these; they made with a sweatshirt material, but are so chic, that you can wear them in a chic outfit and no one will be the wiser.

  15. 8.31.13

    I can’t wait to get a graphic sweatshirt and have been eyeing a few in thinner fabrics. These are all great options!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      I can’t wait to see which one you pick, Alison!

  16. 9.1.13
    Kristin said:

    That kitty number is calling my name!

    • 9.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Same here, Kristin! I am a crazy cat lady and love that I can display that in style this fall :).

  17. 9.2.13
    Mo said:

    I love sweatshirts! They’re so comfy. The lace black one is really cute. 🙂