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7 Sweatshirts With Ruffles That Add a Flair of Fancy to Your Comfiest Look

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The year was 2020—It was the beginning of the pandemic, and I, along with most of the world, started working from home. Comfort was king, and sweatshirts slowly started to become my daily uniform. Fast forward to today, and my closet is overflowing with more sweatshirts than any reasonable person should own—I’m actually wearing one as I write this, so to say my love for them runs deep is an understatement.

The good news is that "workleisure" has exploded, and there are more dressy sweatshirt options available now than ever before. I’m talking about the kind of sweatshirts that feel like pajamas but, thanks to clever embellishments like ruffles and embroidery, wear like any other respectable top in your closet, making them a solid choice for kicking back on your couch or presenting an important slideshow via Zoom.

Take it from me—sweatshirts with ruffles (and any other fancy adornments) are a totally justifiable addition to your wardrobe. Comfort and style don't need to be mutually exclusive—why wouldn't you want them in your workleisure rotation?!

7 sweatshirts with ruffles that making lounging look real good

Best overall

BTFBM, Solid Round Neck Ribbed Knit Sweater — $43.00

Available sizes: S-XL

A henley, sweatshirt, and blouse in one—this Amazon knit serves multiple functions in your closet, which is why it’s got our vote for “best overall”. Keep the buttons undone for a relaxed fit, or fasten them all to dial up the elegance. No matter how you wear it, the ruffle detailing along the crewneck, buttons, and ribbed knit cuffs will give this soft knit instant character. “There was something I automatically loved about this sweater,” writes one 5-star reviewer,“And when it came I realized it’s because it has such a vintage/expensive look yet is so affordable.”

Colors: 19 different colors.

Best cropped

French Connection, Cotton Crop Sweatshirt — $98.00

Available sizes: XS-XL

An updated take on the sporty sweatshirt style, this French Connection sweatshirt features simple, v-shaped ruffles along the front for a romantic look that doesn’t feel too over the top. The cropped silhouette that can be half tucked into high waisted jeans—which keeps it from leaning too far into the loungewear department (the fact that it actually does feel like loungewear can be our little secret.)

Colors: Gray.

Best v-neck

Free People, Harriet Sweatshirt — $168.00

Available sizes: XS-XL

The Harriet Sweatshirt is the ultimate fancy sweatshirt. It pulls out all the stops—a cropped yet “slouchy” fit, oversized ruffles at the shoulders, a buttoned neckline, and beautiful embroidery along the front. Made of 100 percent cotton, the Harriet offers the same warmth and coziness you’d expect from your favorite sweatshirt, with a style that’s totally one of a kind. “This sweatshirt is so pretty and functional,” writes a Free People shopper, “beautiful embroidery, thicker fabric, great fit and makes me feel pretty wearing it.” What more could you ask for?

Colors: Black

Best zip-up

Joie, Camille Pointelle Ruffle Sweatshirt — $139.00

Originally $198, now $139

Available sizes: XXS-XXL

We love the sporty half-zip closure on Joie’s Camille Sweatshirt. Not only does the zip make the fancy sweatshirt more versatile—zip it down to expose layers underneath or zip it up for maximum warmth—but it creates a cool contrast against the feminine pointelle ruffles along the sleeves. The relaxed fit delivers some wiggle room, without being too oversized, giving you the ability to pair it with almost anything in your closet and still look pulled together.

Colors: Russet brown and posy green.

Best basic

The Drop, Ruby Ruffle Shoulder Sweatshirt — $40.00

Available sizes: XXS-5XL

This ruffled sweatshirt is so good, you’ll want one in every color. The simple ruffle accents on the shoulders instantly give the sweatshirt a dressier look, without feeling like “too much.” Amazon shoppers love it too, pointing to the soft cotton and modal-spandex material and minimal but stylish shoulders as key standouts. “Super cute and fashion forward top!” writes one reviewer, “Works for dressing up or casual.” She gets it!

Colors: 8 different colors.

Most classic

Rebecca Minkoff, Janine Sweatshirt — $88.00

Available sizes: XXS-XXL

A Rebecca Minkoff best-seller, the Janine Sweatshirt features statement-making puff sleeves that are ruched throughout for a playful, femme touch. The cotton and polyester blend offers warmth but is lightweight enough to be worn solo in the spring and summer, and layered in the colder months. Plus, the puffed shoulders will always be in-frame during zoom calls, according to one reviewer, “Such great arm detail,” she writes, “Perfect for my WFH video calls!”

Colors: 7 different colors.

Best splurge

Anthropologie, Clare V - Charlotte Sweatshirt — $185.00

Available sizes: XS-XL

Clare V.’s ruffled sweatshirt features a “bib” of ruffles along the front and back for a playful, babydoll aesthetic that makes the classic sweatshirt silhouette infinitely more fun. It’s made of a breezy cotton that’s warm, comfortable, and super soft all at once, making it a piece you’ll reach for all year round. What’s more, the neutral, cream color way will complement any look in your closet. It’s worth every penny!

Colors: Cream

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