An Easy Way to Style a Half-Zip Sweater

An Easy Way to Style a Half-Zip Sweater

The half-zip sweater is a style that has been around for decades but over the last few years, countless brands and designers have given this tried-and-true design the modern refresh it so desperately needed. Don’t get me wrong, the classic half-zip design was one I wore (and still wear!) frequently but this refresh instantly takes an outfit from doing housework on the weekends to casual chic in an instant. And who doesn’t want that?

All jokes aside, a good half-zip sweater is a closet staple and can be styled with anything from your favorite leggings and sneakers to a great pair of denim for a night out with the girls. That versatility is one of the reasons this half-zip sweater is one of the most-worn items in my closet.

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An Easy Way to Style a Half-Zip Sweater

If you follow me on Instagram, you know this sweater is one of the most worn items in my closet. It is truly my ideal piece of clothing; it can be dressed up or down, and gives whatever bottoms I decided on for the day an elevated look without having to put too much effort it. As we begin to transition into the spring season, I’ve been wearing it with denim more and more frequently. But for those chilly days you don’t want to do anything but cuddle up on the couch? I pull myself out of this slump by putting on an outfit that’s comfortable, cozy, and feels great. Enter: the half-zip sweater.

On the days that I need an easy outfit that I know will pull me out of my “when is winter going to end” slump, I always turn to this half-zip sweater. Paired with these jeans, these booties, and this oversized coat, it feels cool girl effortless.

Half-Zip Sweater Outfits for Spring

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A Half-Zip Sweater with Cropped Trousers & Sneakers

When styling a half-zip sweater, most people automatically pair theirs with a great pair of denim. If you’re tired of this look (how?! it’s so good!), a great way to style your half-zip sweater in an unexpected way is with a great pair of trousers. Start with a cotton t-shirt base, some layered necklaces, and a fun pair of kicks (I love this pair from Converse so much!) before adding the final layer: a half-zip sweater.

To tap into your inner French girl even more, add a great belt, give your sweater a front tuck, and a great bag.

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Half-Zip Sweater with White Pants & Sandals

This outfit is giving me major casual European vacation vibes. It’s perfect for a day of exploring! I personally love the vibe of wearing the half-zip sweater untucked but with these ultra-high-rise jeans, it would also look so good with a little front tuck. This woven bag is also perfect for exploring thanks to its crossbody strap.

If you’re looking for a fun elevated sandal, this pair from Loeffler Randall is the perfect option! You can wear it with more casual pieces like a half-zip sweater or with your favorite summer dresses.

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Styled with Leggings & a Trench Coat

Whether you work for home or are just looking for an easy way to elevate your favorite leggings, this outfit will do just that! Instead of grabbing any sweatshirt in your closet, pair your leggings with a half-zip sweater, trench, and a fun pair of sneakers for an elevated but comfy weekend look.

This is personally one of my favorite ways to style my half-zip sweater, especially when I’m working from home! It’s comfortable for sitting at my desk all day but put together enough to motivate me through my to-do list.

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Styled with High-Waisted Jeans & Flats

This tried and true way of styling a half-zip sweater will get you through all of your events this spring! This neutral spring twist on my favorite way to style a half-zip sweater is so good. On the days that it’s warmer, simply wear a white tee under your sweater so you can take it off and throw it over your shoulders if it gets too hot. These jeans from Madewell are also the perfect length and pair so well with these simple flats.

Shop the Best Half-Zip Sweaters

Dying to add a great half-zip sweater to your wardrobe? There are so many great options out right now, especially as we transition into spring. From solids to stripes, each and every one of these sweaters will add a little something to your spring wardrobe.

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