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Gray crewneck sweatshirt

Mark Kwak

Back when I was in grade school, I always saw gym teachers, or sometimes senior citizens, wearing gray crewneck sweatshirts out on their weekday strolls. It was so fashionably lame to me at the time, that I started to weed crewneck sweatshirts out from my wardrobe entirely. It wasn't until last year that I started to rethink my position.

After seeing blog entry after blog entry of awesome outfits incorporating crewneck sweatshirts, I had no choice but to turn 180 on this particular subject, and in fact, I have started to get a couple of them for my wardrobe once again. Among all of the colors and textures though, I believe the most versatile and dare I say fashionable, is the plain heather gray cotton crewneck sweatshirt.

Yeah, I know, how boring and plain... but hear me out.

The gray crewneck sweatshirt is one of those rare pieces that you can dress down equally as much as you can dress up. I mean let's break it down for a second. You can use a gray crewneck sweatshirt for just about any casual situation out there, we're talking workouts, lounging, even sleeping. However, it can also look  just as great (if not better) with a dress shirt underneath, some dark denim, and a pair of wingtips. Hell, add a tie if you want, like Chris Paul does below:

The simplicity of this piece allows you to wear whatever over or under as needed. If you're feeling a little dressy, pair that tie and jacket with it, and conversely, if you're feeling lazy, just plop it on top of your T shirt and you're good to go. Either way, I think it's a piece that everyone should look into owning for this season, especially since we're heading into fall/winter.

Here are a couple crewneck sweatshirts that I would recommend you take a look at:

$52 J.Crew

$69 American Giant

$115-$130 GANT & Todd Snyder

$220 Rag & Bone

And though I haven't actually seen the fit and quality of these, you can get an uber budget version of the sweater at Target: $8.