We’re approaching late October, which means that, for most of the country, the temperature is dropping. It isn’t quite frigid, but wandering outside in a t-shirt and jeans may result in goose-bump-covered skin, an icy trickle down your spine, and a frown.
On the bright side, it’s also a time for the fashion-conscious to have their cake and eat it too. More layers to keep warm means more ways to show off your style. More options, more smiles!
Here, we kick off our Item of the Week feature with a timeless, standard article of clothing that was designed to burst out of closets and drawers right when the leaves begin to change colors.
Available right here at insanely affordable prices, it’s the Heavy Blend Crewneck Sweatshirt.
The versatility of a crewneck is undeniable. You can wear them with shorts (for those trying to cope with a “chilly” 70 degree October afternoon in Los Angeles), jeans, slacks, corduroys, or khakis of just about any color.
A crewneck complements whatever you’re wearing above the waist, too. Throw it over a plain white (or black) under shirt while watching a football/baseball/basketball/hockey game with some friends.
Or if the sun’s down on a Friday or Saturday night and you’re headed someplace more respectable than the local sports bar, slip into a solid-colored oxford button down (or polo shirt), then pull a crewneck over it and you’re good to go. (Not a deal-breaker, but you may want to tuck the shirt’s collar into the neck of the sweatshirt.)
If you’re the adventurous type and the weather’s seasonably warm for the day, don’t hesitate to wear a crewneck with nothing underneath it—just make sure all the tags have been sliced off and that you went easy on the deodorant that morning.
Bottom line: this is a classic staple for any wardrobe. Having one is nice, but don’t feel greedy if you want to splurge on a whole collection of colors. A crewneck gets the job done for just about any occasion where two people aren’t getting married. Until snow hits the ground and the winter jacket gets to shine, wear it as often as you like.