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Outfit Formula: The Half Zip Sweatshirt

You may have noticed half-zip sweatshirts popping up everywhere recently. 

It’s not like they haven’t been in style, they have always been around, but over the last few seasons, the style has dominated athleisure, making it a new classic.

It’s SUCH a better option than a crew neck since the zipper and collar help frame your face and create a more flattering “V” neckline.

And since it is gaining popularity, options are available at various price points. 

You can spend here if you want; stores like Aritzia, Everlane and J.Crew all versions for about $90

But sweats fall in the “SAVE” category for me.

Related: Where to Splurge, Spend and Save in Your Wardrobe 

So this week, we have two Outfit Formulas featuring this slightly oversized, half-zip sweatshirt from Amazon for $30

Outfit Formula #27 & #28: The Half Zip Sweatshirt


Gray half-zip sweatshirt with either black leggings, black wool sneakers, and a black belt bag, or with a black long sleeve T-shirt, vintage jeans, and black shearling clogs


Half-Zip Sweatshirt, $30 | Leggings with pockets, $79 |  Wool Sneakers, $125 | Belt Bag, $19 | Long Sleeve T-Shirt, $22.50 |  Vintage Jeans, $128 | Shearling Clogs, $170 

Thanks to a recommendation from TikTok, I picked this sweatshirt up in grey (featured) and black and already know it will get significant wear, especially for early morning workouts or sitting on the sidelines on the weekends.

It’s bit oversized and boxy, which I like. 

We’re offering two “formulas” because, frankly, the leggings seemed obvious but also a go-to. 

So let’s start there.

Grab your favorite leggings.

Above, I’m featuring my all-time favorite from Zella at Nordstrom. They are $80, but I promise they will last for years.

They are especially lovely in the cooler weather because they are a bit thicker, and the pockets are extra helpful.

And a quick note, I do not work out in these. Instead, I wear less expensive options from Old Navy and Amazon.

These are my “nice” leggings. Also tell me you’re a mom without telling me you’re a mom

To keep the outfit sporty, we’re using a belt bag; this one is an Amazon dupe of the Lululemon version that keeps selling out.

I have the Lululemon one, only because I didn’t know this existed, but reviews claim it’s the same bag.

To keep the line of your leg long, I went with these are all black, wool All Birds.

All Birds is a fantastic brand, making comfortable, high-quality footwear with a genuine focus on sustainability. This pair is made for walking, is warm and water-repellent. Perfect for the fall. 

In our second formula, we’re going with a relaxed pair of boyfriend jeans.

Featured is a pair from Madewell, with a slim straight leg and raw hem

Here, I would drape our key piece over your shoulder and wear a simple black long-sleeve tee (J.Crew makes a nice one)  

Finally, for shoes, brace yourself because we’re rocking a pair of Birkenstock Clogs

Listen, I don’t know who I am anymore, but I’m here for the comfort, so I ordered a pair. I can see these living at my backdoor, ready to slip on to run to all the places. 

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Friday 26th of August 2022

L♡VE, love, love, a 1/4 zip or 1/2 zip; whichever. You can often dress them up or dress them down. I appreciate your comment about not know who are after ordering Birkenstock clogs & it will never be me. They pick up dog hair, lint, & whatever; plus I am a size 10W, the last thing I need is to wear shoes that make my feet look even bigger than they already are. 😁

Tracy Gray

Thursday 25th of August 2022

I love the half zip sweatshirt! It looks so comfortable yet nice enough to feel stylish! Thank you!!


Thursday 25th of August 2022

One of my fave posts. Your personality shines in it :)

Jackie G

Thursday 25th of August 2022

I loved your Birkenstock fancy buckle recommendation so much so I was excited to see a pair for fall. I almost spit my coffee when I read (best line of the week), “listen, I don’t know who I am anymore…” 😂 Thanks Megan for all of your excellent and thoughtful recommendations!