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How to Style Sweatshirts: 8 Ways to Elevate Your Look

How to style sweatshirts is a fun and creative way to express your individuality and style

Sweatshirts are no longer just for lounging at home; they’ve become a fashion staple that can be dressed up or down for various occasions.

To help you make the most of this versatile piece of clothing, we’ve put together some styling inspiration on how to style sweatshirts, ensuring you look stylish and feel comfortable no matter the occasion. Let’s dive into eight different looks featuring Doodlewear’s unique art sweatshirts, showcasing pieces from talented New Zealand artists.


Casual Coffee with Friends

Pairing the Ruru's Lace Men's Crew in Black by Anna Mollekin with black regular fit jeans, a black hat, street shoes, and sunglasses creates a stylish yet relaxed look. The sweatshirt's lace-inspired patterns of the New Zealand Morepork owl amidst native ferns and manuka flowers add an artistic touch that’s perfect for a casual coffee date.

Ruru's Lace crew ANNA MOLLEKIN

How to Style Sweatshirts Look One: doodlewear 'Ruru's Lace' mens black sweatshirt by Auckland Artist Anna Mollekin.


Athleisure Comfort

For those days when you need comfort and style, the Kōtare's Lace Men's Crew in Grey Marle by Anna Mollekin is your go-to. Size up for an oversized look that pairs perfectly with black leggings, hoop earrings, and your favourite boot sneakers. Ideal for a beach stroll or running errands, the stylised depiction of the New Zealand Kingfisher bird with lace patterns and native flowers ensures you stay chic and comfortable.

Kōtare's Lace crew ANNA MOLLEKIN

How to Style Sweatshirts Look Two: doodlewear 'Kōtare's Lace' mens grey marle sweatshirt by Auckland Artist Anna Mollekin.


Elevated Elegance

Dress up your sweatshirt for a more sophisticated look with the Hiwa-i-te-rangi (Wish Upon a Star) Women's Black Crew by Arohanoa Artistry. Featuring a contemporary Māori art print, this piece can be paired with statement earrings and sleek trousers, making it suitable for a lunch date or a casual office setting.

Hiwa-i-te-rangi (Wish Upon a Star) crew AROHANOA ARTISTRY

How to Style Sweatshirts Look Three: Doodlewear 'Hiwa-i-te-rangi (Wish Upon a Star)' by Contemporary Māori Artist Arohanoa Artistry


Fun Weekend Vibes

The A Kitten Called Pumpkin Women’s Black Crew by Essie's Space is perfect for a fun weekend look. Pair it with bold, baggy patterned pants, black sports shoes and sunglasses for an easy, breezy outfit. The illustrative cat head art adds a playful element to your style, making it great for a relaxed brunch or a day out shopping.

A Kitten Called Pumpkin crew ESSIE'S SPACE

How to Style Sweatshirts Look Four: Doodlewear's 'A Kitten Called Pumpkin' art print cat sweatshirt by Auckland contemporary artist Essie Erasmus


Sporty and Casual

For a sporty look, the Snake In The Peonies Men's Mineral Crew by Essie's Space works wonders. Pair it with casual grey shorts and sport shoes for a laid-back, athletic vibe. The digital drawing of a snake with peonies in a diamond shape makes this sweatshirt a standout piece for outdoor activities or casual meet-ups. 

Snake In The Peonies crew ESSIE'S SPACE

How to Style Sweatshirts Look Five: Doodlewear's 'Snake In The Peonies' art print snake sweatshirts by Auckland contemporary artist Essie Erasmus


Office Ready

Looking to incorporate sweatshirts into your work wardrobe? The Flock Together Women's Sage Crew by Lesh Creates can be paired with stylish black dress pants, your favourite dress flat or heel and accessorise with tortoiseshell sunglasses. Featuring 13 New Zealand native birds, this piece adds a contemporary and retro flair, making it perfect for a creative office environment or business casual settings.

Flock Together crew LESH CREATES

How to Style Sweatshirts Look Six: Doodlewear's "Flock Together" art print sweatshirt by Wellington illustrative artist Lesh Creates


Street Style

For a fun, street-style look, the In My Eyerolling Era Ladies White Marle Crew by Penny Royal Design is a great choice. Pair it with black fitted jeans, statement earrings, and bold patterned shoes. The sarcastic depiction of flowers and leaves inspired by teenage slang and Taylor Swift's Eras adds a playful and edgy touch to your outfit, making it perfect for urban adventures.

In My Eyerolling Era crew PENNY ROYAL DESIGN

How to Style Sweatshirts Look Seven: Doodlewear's 'In My Eyerolling Era' art print sweatshirt, by Nelson artist Penny Royal Design


Chic and Feminine

Lastly, for a chic and feminine look, try the Bird in Bloom Ladies Black Crew by Bianca Laing. Tuck it into a statement black midi skirt, add black tights, your favourite dress flat or heel and accessorise with a gold pendant necklace for an elegant ensemble. The contemporary art print of a bluebird amidst floral blooms gives this outfit a sophisticated and artistic edge, suitable for fun date nights or semi-casual evening events.


Bird in Bloom crew BIANCA LAING

How to Style Sweatshirts Look Eight: Doodlewear 'Bird in Bloom' art print sweatshirt by Wellington-based artist Bianca Laing



How to style sweatshirts opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to showcase your unique style and love for New Zealand art. Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or keeping it casual for a day out, there’s a perfect Doodlewear art print sweatshirt for every look.

Explore our collection of art sweatshirts and find the perfect fit for adults, kids, and youth. Ready to make a statement? Dive into our size and style guide and choose your favourite piece to bring a touch of artistic flair to your everyday ensemble!

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