When I was in high school, we had a pretty strict dress code so I “had” to look “cute” everyday. We couldn’t wear shorts, sweats or athletic clothes of any kind. It was even a battle to wear cheer sweats on Fridays or Nike shorts during homecoming dress up days. Then on Wednesdays we had chapel dress, aka church clothes. Skirts and dresses to the knee or dress pants. All these years later, I actually attribute the strict dress code to my interest in fashion and styling. Every day was a new challenge and a new outfit. I discovered J.Crew, YouTube gurus (the early days) and MAC makeup.
When I went to college, I got swept up in the college dress code…PJs. Actually, I only wore my PJs to class once. I was a freshman and overslept for my first final ever in college. It was an 8 a.m.–an ungodly hour in higher education–and I woke up at 7:50 a.m. I threw on rain boots and a sweatshirt (shambles, I know) and RAN to Dale Hall from the 10th floor of Couch Tower. In case you’re wondering, I made it to the final before my professor, took the exam frazzled and still made an A in the course. One time out of four years isn’t bad at all. In college I discovered the large Comfort Colors t-shirt, Lululemon and dry shampoo.
Here we are. On the other side of high school and college, with two very different chapters of dress codes in the back of my mind. I love, love, love dressing up still, but I’m also thankful athleisure is a trend right now. As much as I love styling an outfit, I love coming home and putting on my comfies more. While today’s post is already very confessional, I might as well just admit that I’ve got a pull over problem. If it’s an oversized sweatshirt, I love it. This Patagonia pull over is no different. It’s the perfect cold Saturday morning cozy fleece or brisk walk companion. I paired it with my trusty Lululemon Wunder Under leggings and my absolute favorite casual sneakers of all time, Adidas Stan Smiths.
I will warn you, this fleece is a reissue from last year. It sold out quickly then, so get it for a Christmas gift or yourself soon! For reference, it isn’t insulated with fleece, so it doesn’t stretch a ton. The inside is like a slick, nylon sweats material but it’s soooo warm. I’ve got a small in the Re-Tool Snap sweatshirt, but a medium in the mixed medium.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.