7 Ways to Style a Graphic Hoodie

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Graphic hoodies are a staple of any closet. They can spread positive messages, represent important ideas, or give you a unique way to showcase some great art.

Put together by Blackmerch, a manufacturer of Black Pride hoodies, here are some ways to make sure that you’re getting the most out of them.

With Leather Leggings

Though it may not seem like it, leather leggings are one of the best ways to show off a graphic hoodie or sweatshirt. The all-black appeal can be dark, mysterious, and really make your graphic hoodie pop. This style works best with a black hoodie or a brightly colored one – it might not work with gray or white hoodies.

To take it to the next level, wear some simple black shoes.

With Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans look very casual, but they can help prevent a hoodie from looking too sloppy or overly large. Choose a well-fitting graphic hoodie and your favorite pair of skinny jeans. It’s a simple look, so make sure to top it off with simple shoes. If you want to add just a splash of color and class, use some gold or silver jewelry to take it to the next level.

With Denim Shorts

Denim shorts (particularly denim mini shorts) are a great way to look more feminine, fresh, and even slimmer! Choose to wear a pair of denim shorts under your hoodie, particularly denim mini shorts. The look emphasizes your legs, making them look longer. Pair this look with a pair of sneakers that matches the vibe of the hoodie you’re wearing.

This look is even more appealing if you choose a hoodie that’s just slightly too big.

With Brightly-Colored Pants

Bright pants are sure to draw attention, and this is particularly important if your graphic hoodie has an important message. Choose some neon or bright-colored pants to draw the eye to your hoodie. Bonus points if your hoodie is a nice neutral color like gray, black, or white. Wear the brightest pants that you own, including patterned leggings or dazzling colored jeans.

If you want, you can pair those bright jeans with a light leather jacket. Throw the leather jacket over the graphic hoodie, making sure that the graphic is visible on the front. Top it off with some simple shoes that don’t take away from the impact of the jeans.

With a Miniskirt

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A miniskirt is another great way to style a slightly oversized hoodie. Choose one that looks youthful and ladylike. A miniskirt with an understated pattern is great for most hoodies, though choosing a miniskirt with a black hoodie might not be ideal. Pair with some strappy sandals or plain-colored sneakers for the best effect.

With Athleisure Wear

Of course, hoodies are meant for athleisure. One of the best ways to style them is with an athleisure outfit! Choose sweatpants that are the same color and fit as the hoodie you’ve chosen. If you want, you can choose lighter sweatpants, too. When you go out on the town, you’ll look like you just came from the gym. It’s comfortable and cozy for those colder months.


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Finally, layering your hoodie is one of the best options when it comes to styling. Choose a leather jacket, denim jacket, or another sophisticated layer to use over the top of your graphic hoodie. Make sure that you choose layers that add texture and class to your graphic hoodie, but keep the front uncovered. The entire point of the graphic hoodie is to see it, after all!

You can use a blazer if you have one, or wear the hoodie with some tailored pants and a classy peacoat. There are an infinite number of ways to include a graphic hoodie in your layers, but make sure that all of your outerwear opens in the front to reveal your message.


Graphic hoodies are one of the easiest ways to spread a great message, support a cause, and remain comfortable. While some think that hoodies look sloppy, there are ways to style them so that they look classy, understated, and still manage to spread your important messages. Any of these great styles will work with your favorite graphic hoodie, so don’t be afraid to showcase what you stand for!