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Thanks to the bleak, blistering cold hand that Old Man Winter has dealt the East Coast, these days we find ourselves piling on more layers of warmth than ever before. Hat tip to Kenzo and Givenchy for igniting a fashion frenzy last year over their Tiger and Bambi pullovers, respectively. They upgraded the gym classic and effectively turned the "fashion sweatshirt" into this year's ultra chic layering essential. (Seriously—lately we've been wearing a sweatshirt every single day.)
And as your favorite fashionistas prove in the snaps above, there are several ways to rock this ridiculously versatile style staple. A consistently cool Beyonce kept it sporty (and monochrome!) by pairing her hoodie with leather mini-shorts and chunky boots. The perpetually sophisticated Jenna Lyons spruced her navy number up with matching satin trousers and sparkly silver accessories. Pint-sized fashionista Miroslava Duma went for a playful, cutesy contrast in an oversize printed pullover worn with a striped bell skirt (and an adorable socks + sandals combo). And then there's the ever edgy Ciara, who gave the sweatshirt the biggest makeover of them all—she managed a rather risque look by wearing hers over a sheer mermaid skirt.
Inspired yet? Check out the four we've found ourselves eyeing recently, then pick up one or two for yourself here.
Brian Lichtenberg Homiés Cotton-Blend Jersey Sweatshirt $100 // LPD New York Team Margiela Printed Cotton-Fleece Sweatshirt, $145